Haystack Rock Awareness Program
Apr 1st - 30th
Low Tide on the Beach at Haystack Rock
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) is a stewardship and environmental educational 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 tens of thousands of adults and children to learn about the natural resources not only at Haystack Rock but also in their own backyards and special places.
HRAP is a professionally staffed, volunteer driven program operated by the City of Cannon Beach that also receives program funds from the non-profit Friends of Haystack Rock and generous private donations. The program also receives support from US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Haystack Rock, Oregon Department of Land Conservancy and Development, Oregon State Parks and the Seaside Aquarium.
Stewardship and Environmental Education
Our focus has always been stewardship and protecting the ecosystem from thoughtless harm. To accomplish this, HRAP offers an extensive interpretive program on the beach at Haystack Rock during the spring and summer months.
Our trained staff and volunteers can answer questions on topics ranging from the simple (What is that? What does it eat?) to the complex (What are the ecological consequences of collecting animals or plants from this area?). By showing, telling, and teaching, we encourage visitors to look closely, touch gently, step carefully, and take only pictures.