OMSI Celebrates Opening of New 20-Acre Camp in Newport

Marine Science Camp Continues Museum's Tradition of Outdoor Education


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry opened the doors to its new Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR on Saturday, March 12. Situated along South Beach, the 20-acre camp was celebrated with remarks and a ribbon-cutting by local dignitaries, state officials, and community members of all ages. 

“We are so pleased to be here with you to celebrate this landmark day,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “So many hands and hearts have contributed to planning and building Camp Gray. On behalf of everyone at OMSI and the thousands of campers who will create memories here, thank you all!” 

A new installment in OMSI’s 60-year history of outdoor education, the facility will provide a year-round immersive camp experience, as well as dedicated summer programming, for the hands-on study of the Oregon Coast ecosystem. The camp features a central lodge, 156 student beds plus staff housing, classrooms, dedicated outdoor learning spaces, a communal fire pit, and restorative landscaping that includes dunes, trees, and native plants. 

Designed for Oregon’s next generation of explorers, researchers, and designers, this 20-acre facility will help get kids outside and instill a sense of environmental stewardship while building 21st Century skills crucial to future success. 

Summer programs are now available for registration at