Touch a sea star, look through whale baleen, zoom in on migrating whales using high-powered telescopes, and walk next to a life-sized terra-form blue whale. Those are just a few of the things you can do when you follow the Fort Bragg Coastal trail to The Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center by the Noyo Center for Marine Science, located on the southern portion of the Coastal Trail with closest access through the Cypress Street entrance. Staffed by a dedicated group of volunteer ocean stewards, the Center is home to engaging, interactive, and dynamic exhibits telling the story of the Mendocino Coast and current state of the ocean. Become a “citizen scientist,” learn about ocean conservation, meet the intertidal creatures in the aquarium, and learn about marine life from the fully articulated marine mammal skeletons on display. Fun for all ages!
WHERE: South Fort Bragg Coastal Trail near the Cypress Street entrance.
OPEN: Open daily 11am Thurs. – Mon., closed Tues. – Wed. Call or go online for seasonal hours. Admission is free.
MORE INFO: 707-733-6696, NoyoCenter.org
Noyo Center for Marine Science – Downtown Discovery
Come meet the world’s largest killer whale skeleton at the Noyo Center for Marine Science’s Discovery Center, located in the heart of downtown Fort Bragg. This 26’ long orca skeleton is gracefully displayed in mid-dive, jaws wide open with massive teeth greeting all who enter. Learn his story, what he ate, how he died, and the incredible community-driven citizen science project he inspired in our local community. Be sure to check out the Ocean Immersion Dome, a 360-degree theater that allows visitors to go underwater without getting wet. Pick up souvenirs from the marine-themed eco-gift shop and catch a workshop or class in the OceanWorks MakerSpace, a community lab for exploring marine technology, art, and science (see schedule online). Come be a part of the Noyo Center’s mission to advance ocean conservation through education, exploration and experience. Fun for
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