University of Oregon

Marine Life Center


This page shows CMLC programs and events. 

For general information, or to  become a volunteer or member, please visit

Public Programs

Feb 18 – Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) Public Seminar

Topic: Ocean dynamics and how the ocean influences our environment

Dr. Alan Shanks, Professor, OIMB

NOTE: This talk will be held at the OIMB Boathouse Auditorium, not the CMLC. To get to the Boathouse, park at OIMB and walk to the end of Boat Basin Road, past the Coast Guard housing.

  • • Saturday, February 18th
  • • 9am – noon
  • • Free for SEA members
  • • A $5 donation to SEA suggested for others

Mar 10 – Coos Bay Public Library preschool storytime comes to the CMLC

Come listen to stories of marine life and then explore the center and meet our own ocean animal neighbors.

  • • Friday, March 10th
  • • 10:30 – 11:30am
  • • Geared toward pre-school aged kids

Mar 15 – CMLC goes to Science Pub Night at 7 Devils

Seaweeds: diverse, delightful and delicious

Photo Credit: Trish Mace


Nancy Treneman, CMLC educator and volunteer

Nancy will share the wonder of seaweeds and rumor has it there will be tastings! NOTE: This event will happen at the 7 Devils Brewing Company, a family-friendly restaurant at 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay.

  • • Wednesday, March 15th
  • • Starts at 7 pm
  • • 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay



School Programs – Advance Registration Required

Teachers – Bring Your Students to the CMLC!

To arrange school group visits, please fill out our School Group Registration Form.

Class Tours

img_0234Bring your students to tour the CMLC Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Center staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

  • • $1.50 per student
  • • Teachers and chaperones are free
  • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)


Class Programs

We offer guided educational programs geared to NGSS standards. NOTE: We are still developing and testing programs, so check back throughout the year for more options.

  • • $3.00 per student
  • • Teachers and chaperones are free
  • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)

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The skeletal architecture of marine mammals is very different than that of terrestrial mammals due to the nature of the medium they move through: water.  In this program students will investigate and compare the skeletons of whales and dolphins to develop hypotheses as to how skeletal anatomy relates to swimming, diving, and feeding capabilities.  Based on the observations and knowledge gained from these comparisons, students will apply their hypotheses to the skeleton of a cetacean that they put together.  The program emphasizes the diversity of evolutionary solutions  to moving and feeding in the water seen in cetaceans.

Concepts covered:
Cetacean diversity
The mechanics of motion
Anatomical form & function
Developing hypotheses from observations

  • • Grades: Middle and High School
  • • Time: About 2 hours, but extra time to look around is encouraged


cmlc with wind turbine



Wind Turbine

The CMLC is the first net-zero building in the area, getting all of its power from a wind turbine on the OIMB campus.

This is part of the University of Oregon’s Sustainability program and is the UO’s first venture into wind power.