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The Rock

Located at Cannon Beach on the North coast of Oregon, Haystack Rock is a unique monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike.  Towering 235 feet over the beach, the Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year long.  Tidepoolers are drawn to its wonders every day.
By our estimates as many as 200,000 people visit Haystack Rock every year, mostly during the summer months when the tidepools are teeming and the nesting seabirds, proudly showing off breeding plumage, are busy introducing little ones into the world.  Haystack Rock is protected under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a seabird nesting colony and under Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Marine Garden. 

hrap_logo 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.

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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.