With Gray whales heading north to feed, Spring Whale Watch Week is back at the Oregon Coast. And guests at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center near Yachats will have the chance to take part in a variety of activities from Saturday, March 23, through Sunday, March 31.

Retired park ranger Michael Noack will present “Experiencing Gray Whales” at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 23, highlighting the history of these marine giants, while discussing whale watch techniques that have worked for him.

Noack has been educating agency staff and the public about the natural world, especially Gray whales, for many years. He has trained whale watch volunteers and has been involved with whale research.

Trained whale watch volunteers will also be on-hand every day during the week from 10 am to 1 pm, to share information and help visitors spot whales.

The visitor center exhibits include a life-size gray whale, bones and baleen from gray whales, huge jawbones from a blue whale and more.

All activities are free, but a day-use fee or recreation pass is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, located three miles south of Yachats.

The visitor center is open daily, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 541-547-3289.

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