The Oregon Coast Aquarium — A Case Study

by Kim P. Van Zwalenburg, Oregon State Univ, Corvallis, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Oregon Coast Aquarium, to be located in Newport, OR. , has been carefully developing over the past five years. Proposed as a coastal interpretive center, it will trace a water droplet from coastal mountain crest through the watershed and out to sea. The aquarium is reaching for two goals: education and research. As a non-profit financially self-sufficient corporation it must educate the public in an entertaining manner. It is with the dual goal of education and research that the aquarium began working closely with Oregon State University under a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. Detailed input from departments and individuals was sought to ensure a collaborative effort in the development of the physical and programmatic designs for the aquarium. The resulting designs are hoped to be flexible enough to allow for future changes in research and education without the need for major alterations.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Education | Sea water | Coastal processes | Human and behavioral factors | Mountains | Wave crest | Watersheds | Oregon | United States

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