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Crabbing Workshop and Cooking Demo

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Join Tillamook County Wellness and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership for our second Four seasons of Foraging event!

Tillamook County Wellness and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership bring you part 2 of Four Seasons Of Foraging! Throughout the year we will co-host 4 events highlighting the unique foraging opportunities coastal Oregon provides.

Join us and local educator Alanna Kieffer from Shifting Tides LLC at the Historic US Coast Guard Boathouse for a day of crabbing! Dive into coastal ecology and oceanography along the Oregon Coast while learning how to set and throw crab pots. Gain a deeper appreciation of all things that make Dungeness crab such a special and sustainable food source in Oregon. You will learn how to ID different types of crabs, crabbing limits, seasons, and much more! This is a free event and registration will be capped at 20 attendees.

Although we’ll be along a pier and near the boathouse, please wear appropriate footgear (e.g. tennis shoes, rainboots, or other hiking footwear). The Event will happen rain or shine (unless thunder-storming). If the weather looks “iffy” please bring a rain poncho, jacket and hat. Please be prepared for any and all types of weather, the Oregon Coast is not predictable and we will be fully exposed to the elements. The boathouse is sheltered but NOT heated and the dock is not covered. There’s a 100% chance you will get wet during this class! There is a bathroom in the Boathouse, dogs are not allowed.

What to bring:

  1. You will need a bag (mesh, reusable grocery bag works great, or even plastic bag)
  2. A cooler with ice to transport your harvest home (if we catch lots of crabs!)
  3. A water bottle, snacks and any other refreshments you may want during the Event. Personal medications and sunscreen are also recommended.

Shellfish permits ** For this demo and tasting of crab at the boathouse – folks do not need to buy a shellfish license. *IF* we catch enough crabs that there are plenty for people to take any home, people would need to have a shellfish license to take crabs home with them. It is not guaranteed that we will catch enough crabs for this. But a yearly shellfish permit for OR residents is 10$ and 30$ for non-residents and would be good until the end of 2024 if you would like to purchase one just in case permits can be obtained online from ODFW, please do so before class, and should be available on the app on your phone for easy access incase needed.

Accessibility Level: We will be walking on a boardwalk over the TIllamook Bay. The boardwalk is uneven and can be slippery. The parking lot is medium sized-gravel. There are stairs and a ramp to reach the boardwalk. There are multiple transitions between the gravel and ramp, crossing train tracks, crossing the uneven boardwalk. Please see pictures below for more information on whether this event is accessible for you. If there is any other information we can provide or accommodations we can help with, please email us at or call our office at 503 322-2222.

This is an Explore Nature Tillamook Coast event. Explore Nature is sponsored in part by Tillamook Coast Visitors Center.

Special Instructions to access the event venue: Turn left off Hwy 101 onto 12th street. Turn right onto Bay lane, drive to the end and park in the Gravel parking lot. Go up the stairs and cross the train tracks, then walk down the boardwalk to the Boathouse.

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January 27
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Garibaldi Historic US Coast Guard Boathouse
1209 Bay Lane
Garibaldi, OR 97118 United States