Coastal Discovery Center

OMSI’s vision for the new Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray is to create a 20-acre science camp and living laboratory serving 100,000 children and families over the next 20 years. Programming will include year-round residential camps for children and families taught by professional educators in the rich learning environment of Oregon’s Central Coast. The need in Oregon for additional outdoor education opportunities is great. The Coastal Discovery Center will inspire students and prepare future leaders to succeed.

OMSI Coastal Discovery Centers Project Goals

  • Prepare students to participate in science and technology-based industries, building a pipeline of innovative workers.
  • Expand the reach of our existing marine science education programs and provide convening space, serving 100,000 Oregonians over the next 20 years.
  • Provide scholarships to children and school groups to participate in outdoor science learning.
  • Complement flourishing marine sciences and ocean observation economic development strategies in the state.
  • Honor the legacy of John Gray, a visionary leader for the State of Oregon.

OMSI has operated outdoor science education programs across the state, making a lasting impact in the lives of over 100,000 children and families for more than 60 years. We currently operate camps throughout Oregon’s diverse ecosystems, from Hancock Field Station in the high desert, to facilities in lush forests, mountain ranges, and along the stunning Oregon coast. Now, as the result of visionary gifts from John Gray and Investors XII we have the opportunity to develop a permanent new home for OMSI’s marine science education programs on a unique 20-acre coastal property in Newport, Oregon.

Read more about the Coastal Discovery Center’s impact and goals.

See OMSI’s state-wide impact.

Learn more about John Gray’s generous support of OMSI Outdoors and Science classes.

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Campaign match challenges

The Wollenberg Foundation Challenge Grant

The Wollenberg Foundation has awarded OMSI a $500,000 challenge grant for the Coastal Discovery Center project in honor of Bill Tagmyer. By helping OMSI to secure this $500,000 matching gift, you will help us honor Bill’s community leadership and legacy.

Learn more about Bill Tagmyer’s exceptional service and leadership.

The Campaign



The Coastal Discovery Center campaign has been launched to raise $10 million dollars to shape science education and Oregon’s future. John Gray and Investors XII contributed the campaign’s first $2.3 million, and many have joined them. With your support, we will create a legacy for Oregon for years to come.

Wish Upon a Bunk

Kids and camp bunk beds

As the fire burns low, whispers and stifled laughter trickle between bunks as campers relive the day and look forward to tomorrow’s adventures in learning. It’s a moment we can all recall. Help us bring the excitement of exploration, friendship, and learning to Oregon’s students with a bunk naming gift of $1,000 and a wish. Each wish will be placed on a bunk for campers to read, to be inspired, and to dream.

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Camp Gray Children’s Scholarships

Kids and campfire

Science camp sparks children’s curiosity, enlivens their problem-solving skills, and ignites their confidence, and OMSI is committed to making the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray accessible to every family. Gifts of any amount, from $5 to $5000, will be matched dollar for dollar by The Oregon Community Foundation up to $50,000. Together, we will create $100,000 in scholarship support for local kids, families and school groups. OMSI is dedicating the campfire to community members who help build this fund to provide scholarships for years to come.
 

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The Contributors

VISIONARY LEAD CONTRIBUTORS

John D. Gray

Investors XII, LLC

FOUNDATIONS

Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust

The Collins Foundation

Demorest Family Foundation

Fairweather Foundation

Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

Hedinger Family Foundation

Jackson Foundation

Maybelle Clark McDonald

Raymond Family Foundation

The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation

Peter W. Stott Foundation

Wessinger Foundation

Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation

The Wollenberg Foundation

INDIVIDUALS

Anonymous (3)

Tony and Christine Arnerich

Ray and Jean Auel

Thomas Baas

Joe Barra

Bob and Diane Beal

Reginald Breeze

Peter Brix

Jennifer Bruml

Kurt and Kristine Bruun

The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado Robert Tagmyer Family Donor-Advised Fund

Greg Chaillé

Truman Collins

Marc and Jody Compton

Yvonne and Clint Curtis

Declusin Family Fund of the Renaissance Charitable Foundation

Ester Ellis

Brent and Kimberly Gale

Robin and Brian Gantt

Jeff Gardner

Al Glowasky

Erin Graham

Jamie Hurd

Bill and Barb Hutchison

Trond and Catherine Ingvaldsen

Jon V. Jaqua and Kimberly B. Cooper Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

Susan D. Keil

The Kerr Family

Scott and Kathleen Kiever

Joan and Wayne Kingsley

Keith and Cynthia Larson

Bill Levendoski

Gary Maffei and Marcus Lintner

Ed and Sandra Martin

Jim Martin

Duane and Barbara McDougall

Jeanette Mladenovic and Stephen Steinberg

Scott Montross

Peter and Christine Nickerson

Tammy and Danny O'Neil

Ken Oslund

Barbara Pitman

Claris and Corlee Poppert

Richard Roman

April Sanderson

Arlene Schnitzer

Penny and Peter Serrurier

Greg Smith

Ladislao Soltesz

Thomas and Christi Sperry

Gary and Lia Stokes

Nancy and Daniel Stueber

June Tagmyer

Steve and Vicki Tagmyer

William and Cindy Tagmyer

Andy and Laurie Teich

Mike Thayer

Rebecca Thomas

Ronald C. and Maryellen Tipper

Darren and Kristin Tuor

Carol Van Natta and Robert Burdick

David and Christine Vernier

Don and Marian Vollum

Marc Walters

Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of The Oregon Community Foundation

Nancy and Walter Weyler

Ben and Elaine Whiteley

CORPORATIONS

Everts Holdings, LLC

Neil Kelly, Inc.

Northwest Pipe Company

Pacific Power

Stoel Rives, LLP

The Standard

Wells Fargo

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

City of Newport

Lincoln County

IN-KIND CONTRIBUTORS

City of Newport

GBD Architects

Project Partners

OMSI has selected Dangermond Keane Architects (DKa) to lead the architectural design process for its new Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, Oregon. DKa's design effort will be centered around 20 acres in the Coho/Brant area and will culminate in the creation of a year-round facility to accommodate OMSI¹s outdoor school and summer camp programs, eventually serving up 5,000 people a year. Learn more about the design team below.

Dangermond Keane Architecture
Earth Exploration Center
Siegel & Strain Architects
Environmental Education Center
Vigil Agrimis Engineers
Miami River Wetland Enhancement Phases 1-3
Walker Macy Landscape Architecture
B’Nai Brith Camp

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Caption: OMSI Coastal Discovery Center, Newport, OR
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