Thousands of people visit Cannon Beach every summer, many because of our local monolith, Haystack Rock. With a small seasonal staff team and limited funds, we depend on volunteers to carry out our goals. Volunteers play a crucial role in educating the public and visiting school groups while promoting stewardship of our natural treasure.

FOHR – Call for Board Members Melissa C by DLMargaret Mead remarked: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Friends of Haystack Rock (FOHR) Board of Directors is looking for individuals to join our committed group and advance our mission to promote the preservation and protection of intertidal life and birds that inhabit the Marine Garden and the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. We are actively seeking applications for Board of Directors membership.

Comprised of 8-13 members, FOHR is a voluntary, nonprofit group that partners with City of Cannon Beach and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in supporting the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP). HRAP offers an extensive interpretive program on the beach in front of Haystack Rock during most spring and summer low tides. Trained staff and volunteers are present to answer visitor questions and share their knowledge about this amazing offshore island and other marine related topics. These activities connect communities with nature to sustain quality of life.

Duties of a Board Member include fundraising to enhance the capacity of the HRAP program – including reviewing project and grant proposals; furthering environmental education through a Library Lecture series and other outreach activities; informing visitors and residents about topics relevant to Haystack Rock via our website, newsletter and social media;and guiding the work of the board.  Board terms are three years. The Board of Directors meets monthly, typically the second Friday of the month, at Cannon Beach City Hall from 10:00 A.M. – Noon.

We welcome participation from a diverse citizenry, including business leaders, retirees, students, educators,website, fundraising, public relations and community collaborators. New members will be elected at our June board meeting at Cannon Beach City Hall. Please send a letter of nomination to FOHR Board President, Stacy Benefield at fohrap@gmail.com or to Friends of Haystack Rock, PO Box 1222, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. The letter should include at a minimum your name, contact information, and a statement of interest. Please apply by June 1st, 2016. For additional information contact Stacy Benefield at fohrap@gmail.com.

What do volunteers do?

giveVolunteers do all sorts of things.

On the Beach – Most visible are the beach interpreters who educate visitors about the amazing marine and bird life at Haystack Rock. Some on the beach duties include: setting up the trailer display, manning bird scopes, guiding tidepool tours, and reminding people about the rules of the Rock. Volunteers also help organize potlucks, update educational materials and many other activities.  We offer full and partial shifts; all help is welcome!

Behind the Scenes – Less visible are the many people who help with volunteer activities off the beach. The Friends of Haystack Rock Board is looking for volunteers now, with time and talent to share in the areas of Public Relations (newsletters, brochures, etc.) and Social Media (Facebook monitoring) as well as Website Management and Grant Writing.

Other ways our volunteers help are by doing data entry, maintaining beach supplies, offering expertise in education, the environment, or a passion for the beach, as well as more general help writing thank-you notes, assisting with lectures and events, and networking.

Why volunteer?

Volunteers are part of an exciting outdoor education program. Our staff and volunteers have diverse backgrounds and talents making our team dynamic and interesting. Volunteering is a great way to meet people from all over and to learn more about this special part of the world. The Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) began with volunteers in 1985 and will only continue with the help of volunteers.

Can kids volunteer?

Students and parents: Tell your teachers about our excellent program for school groups.  And, of course, kids of all ages are welcome to take part in our beach activities.  Until the age of 18, children need a parent or guardian’s permission, and an adult chaperone when volunteering.

I know nothing about tidepool life or birds. Can I still help?

Of course! The only requirements are interest and enthusiasm! Staff is always present on the beach to help answer questions. Many of our volunteers start with little knowledge, but gain a lot quickly by simply volunteering. HRAP also hosts three trainings each year to help both volunteers and staff gain the knowledge needed. Until the next training, check out our Resources page to find websites that provide basic marine biology, fun tidepool tidbits, photos and seabird information.

I’m not sure about being on the beach. How else can I help?

We can use you! Serving on a committee, donating equipment and services, assisting with mailing –again, interest and enthusiasm are the only requirements. 

Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I sign up?

Volunteer at the beach

Haystack Rock Awareness Program
PO Box 368
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110

Volunteer behind the scenes

Friends of Haystack Rock

PO Box 1222
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110