Coos Bay
Oregon Coast Geology and Cultural History
Discover the story of Oregon’s coast through its archeological sites, Native American traditions and old-growth forests. Plus, enjoy a jet-boat excursion down the Rogue River!
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Program No. 5542RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Be moved by the beauty of your incredible natural surroundings while discovering amazing geological treasures and fascinating cultural tales on Oregon's South Coast. Amid old-growth forests, pristine beaches, vast expanses of sand dunes and a rugged coastline, combine education and entertainment in one fascinating adventure in this beautiful region.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore active archaeological sites with a geology professor who weaves together both the geological and historical narratives of the Oregon Coast into a tapestry of oral histories and fossil identification.
  • Sample the diversity of the Oregon Coast by racing 64 miles along the Rogue River on a narrated jet-boat excursion.
  • Experience the vast and wondrous sand dunes of the Oregon Coast in the most immersive way possible — from the passenger seat of a dune buggy cruising over the dunes.
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Becky VanWychen
Becky is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls where she is studying Dairy Science with a minor in Chemistry. Becky hopes to one day complete her life long dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian. Becky has owned sixty rabbits and thinks that cows are literally the best animal ever! As a native of Wisconsin, Becky is very excited to spend her summer on the West Coast working with Southwestern Oregon Community College and Road Scholar.
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