University of Oregon

Marine Life Center

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This page shows CMLC programs and events. 

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


Public Programs

Aug 17 – Undergraduate Research Show

OIMB Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Interns

The 11 REU interns who have spent their summer conducting individual research projects under the guidance of OIMB faculty will be presenting their findings through hands-on, interactive stations here at the CMLC! Come learn about their experiences and show them your support.

  • • Thursday, Aug 17
  • • 11 am – 5 pm
  • • Kid-friendly

Sept 28 – CMLC goes to Science Pub Night at 7 Devils

Under the Weather: What marine disease means for people and ecosystems in a changing world.

Reyn Yoshioka, OIMB PhD Student

Corals get pox. Fish get lice. And even sea stars get wasted. Our friends in the ocean get sick like we do, but the causes behind them are often much more elusive. Join us as we explore marine diseases, some familiar and some not, and learn how our ocean’s health changes the ways we interact with the sea and how scientists understand nature.

NOTE: This event will happen at the 7 Devils Brewing Company, a family-friendly restaurant at 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay.

  • • Thursday, September 28
  • • 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 first 5 chaperones are free, additional chaperones are $5 adult/$4 senior (60 and above)
  • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)
  • • Contact us regarding special needs

 

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 first 5 chaperones are free, additional chaperones are $5 adult/$4 senior (60 and above)
  • • Must have 1 chaperone for every 6 students (preK-6th grade) or every 10 students (7th – 12th grade)
  • • Contact us regarding special needs

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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 put together the skeleton of a “mystery” cetacean and identify its method of moving and feeding.  The program emphasizes the diversity of ways whales and dolphins move and feed in the water.

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

  • • Grades: Middle and High School
  • • Time: This program takes a full 2 hours. We recommend you plan for 2 1/2 hours so students can also look around the CMLC

Sharks of the Oregon Coast — Designed to Survive

This program introduces students to the variety of sharks found off Oregon and to the adaptations of sharks that make them successful in their various environments.  Sharks come in a range of sizes and shapes, eat a variety of prey, and are found in just about every ocean habitat.  At least 16 species are found off the Oregon coast.  Students will handle and examine shark jaws, teeth fossils, and skin, and learn about Oregon’s sharks and how shark sensory systems and physical adaptations have allowed them to roam the ocean for more than 400 million years.

Concepts covered:
Shark Diversity
Adaptation
Sensory Systems
Ecosystem Health

  • • Grades: 4th – 6th
  • • Time: Program lasts 45 min, but please plan on 1 hour 15 min total so students have time to explore the rest of the CMLC

 

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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.