Haystack Rock Awareness Program

HRAPlogoThe Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) is a stewardship and environmental education program whose mission is to protect, through education, the intertidal and bird ecology of the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. Since its modest beginnings in 1985, HRAP has educated and inspired over one hundred thousand adults and children to learn about the natural resources at Haystack Rock and in other places on our Earth.

Stewardship and Environmental Education

Our goal is to promote stewardship of the environment and to prevent ecosystem degradation at Haystack Rock. To carry out this, 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.

Be a Haystack Rock Steward

5083629807_582f1d7e18_oIntertidal areas are fragile ecosystems. Activities such as trampling, turning over rocks, and removing animals from their habitat can greatly damage the tidepool life. Yet we can all enjoy tidepool areas and make sure their survival for future generations by following a few simple rules:

Tread lightly – Always stay on sand or small bare rock.
Watch where you are stepping while exploring the intertidal areas to avoid stepping on vulnerable animals like anemones and barnacles.

Explore Gently – Enjoy watching wildlife in its natural state and leave the environment undisturbed.
Use your eyes more than your hands. Do not poke, pry, or take animals or plants off rocks. Take only memories and leave only footprints.

Most importantly remember…
Haystack Rock is a protected Marine Garden and National Wildlife Refuge. To protect and conserve its wildlife State and Federal law prohibit:
1. Collection within 300 yards around Haystack Rock
2. Climbing above the high tide line (or barnacle line)

HRAP Beach Programs

schedule-iconWe offer:
– Trained Rocky Shore Interpreters (staff and volunteers)
– Interpretive signs and educational brochures
– Bird stations with spotting scopes
– Display tanks and microscopes (during special Aquaria Displays)


Contributions of time, talent, tools and cash are all most welcomed! 

What’s Hot

Join us this winter for our library lecture events to learn more about effects of climate change on food chains, watershed health, Oregon  seabirds, marine mammal stranding network and marine reserves, northwest birds and rethinking our beaches.

Check out the recent bird and tide pool activity at Haystack Rock by visiting the HRAP Nature Blog.

The City of Cannon Beach website has more information on the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.