Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project

Discover the Bounty of the Bays

Aug. 3rd, 2019 - Sep. 27th, 2019 directions 

Celebrate Tillamook Estuaries Partnership's 25-year journey and Discover the Bounty of the Bays at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum this August and September.

On July 1st, 1994, Tillamook Bay was officially designated as a Bay of National Significance and the process begun to develop the Tillamook Bay National Estuary Program (now Tillamook Estuaries Partnership). That day was the culmination of years of work from our local community to recognize the importance of Tillamook Bay and the significant issues influencing water quality, habitat and salmon populations.

We've been honoring that legacy all year with special events highlighting the Bounty of the Bays and now it is time to Discover the Bounty of the Bays with a two-month exhibit in partnership with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. The beautiful, custom-designed exhibit highlights the history and accomplishments of TEP over the last 25 years, with a focus on partnerships, successful projects, and the importance of restoring our estuaries. Local artists have donated pieces inspired by the estuaries in Tillamook County, the sale of which will benefit TEP and the Museum. 

The gallery opens August 3rd, and TEP will also be present at the Tillamook Farmers Market that day from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by our booth to help create an estuary inspired window mural made from marine debris with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program’s Trash Talk Project. This is a great opportunity to meet TEP’s staff, Board Members and volunteers, learn more about TEP’s programs and create a beautiful piece of artwork.

Other celebratory events are planned throughout the summer including guided walks and hikes of conservation areas such as Kilchis Point Reserve and Hoquarton Slough. These events are part of the Explore Nature program and will provide an opportunity to Discover Tillamook County’s estuaries in person.

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission to the museum is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, $2.00 for students (10-18), and free for children 10 & under.

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