City of Cannon Beach

Teachers Planning a Field Trip

Haystack Rock is a great destination for field trips! The Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) provides educational field trip programs that integrate observation, investigation, and exploration. The Marine Garden at Haystack Rock is home to many intertidal organisms like sea stars and hermit crabs. The National Wildlife Refuge provides essential nesting habitat for both shorebirds and seabirds. Watch this short educational DVD for a sneak preview!

Please schedule group field trips in advance. To schedule contact Lisa Habecker, Education Coordinator. Email: or call: 503-436-8064 (TTY: 503-436-8097).

All group requests will be scheduled in the order in which they were received. Please include the following details in your telephone message or email:

  • Your first date choice as well as other alternative dates in case your first choice is full
  • The earliest time you could arrive on each day
  • Your school/group name - Number of students/participants (if known at this time)
  • The grade level of the students

By scheduling, you are helping HRAP provide a positive educational experience for as many students as possible while preventing unnecessary damage to this protected area. To better ensure a spot on your preferred field trip date we recommend scheduling trips at least two months in advance.

For scheduling tips and more information about our field trip programs please read our Educator's Guide.

Download Educator's Guide below:

2016 Educator's Guides

Grades K-2 Educator's Guide
Grades 3-5 Educator's Guide
Grades 6-8 Educator's Guide
High School Educator's Guide

For a head start on trip-planning, visit our schedule page to consider possible visit dates. We look forward to helping you plan your Haystack Rock Field Trip!

Click here to check out our Haystack Habitat Page!









"What better gift can we give the next generation than a passion for science and discovery, and a commitment to caring for the natural world?" -Julie Packard


Intertidal Exploration


Bird Observation


Aquaria Investigation