Southern Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex


After 15 years of operation, SEA partnered with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex to serve as a Friends organization. SEA’s mission is to contribute to the conservation efforts of the Oregon Islands NWR and the Bandon Marsh NWR, by providing interpretation and environmental education of the coastal marine environment. SEA has an office at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and provides wildlife interpretation at Simpson Reef near Charleston, and Face Rock and Coquille Point in Bandon.


  • USFWS Summer Interpretation The USFWS has seasonal volunteers to spend the summer providing rocky shores interpretation at Coquille Point and Simpson Reef.
  • Bandon Marsh NWR Facility Upgrade Improvements abound at Bandon Marsh NWR! The new Ni-les’tun Marsh Overlook is complete, and the newly constructed office building is receiving final touches. In addition to these improvements, the brand new Myrtlewood Grove Nature Trail is scheduled to open fall of 2020.
  • Crook Point Restoration Under Way Crook Point, one of two headlands that are part of Oregon Islands NWR, is being restored to the coastal prairie habitat it once was.


  • Experience Oregon Islands NWR Face Rock Overlook, Coquille Point, and Simpson Reef are incredible places to see the magic of Oregon Islands NWR. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope to see the wildlife of Oregon’s coastal islands. SEA and USFWS Volunteers are normally on-site at these locations periodically throughout the year, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, we maybe unable to provide this service.
  • Before you head out to the wonderful world of tidepools, please watch this video below. It will help you to understand both how tough tidepool creatures are as well as how fragile. It’s easy to “love them to death” if we are careless about where we step as well as what we pick up. Watch, learn, and enjoy Oregon’s magical rocky shores!

It’ All Connected! Tidepools, Rocky Reefs, and Marine Reserves

  • Plan a visit to Bandon Marsh NWR It’s home to two tidal marshes on the Coquille River. The refuge provides habitat for several species and is dominated by migratory shorebirds in the spring and fall. Experience the refuge by visiting Bandon Marsh, Ni’les-tun Marsh, or the brand new Myrtlewood Grove Nature Trail.


  • Environmental education and interpretation of the Rocky Shores/Oregon Islands Environmental Education and Interpretation are an essential component of the National Wildlife Refuge System’s mission. Organizations like SEA help provide these services to visitors from all over the world. Education and Interpretation give visitors more fulfilling experiences of their public lands and aid in protection of wildlife and critical habitats.
  • SOCNWR Interns SEA helps the USFWS hire seasonal interns annually. The Refuge generally has between 1 – 3 interns on staff through the year. These interns are an asset to the Refuge, and fill roles like Biological Technician, Rocky Shores Interpretive Specialist, Volunteer Coordinator, Refuge Operations Specialist and more. If you are interested in learning about internship opportunities, contact


The Oregon Coast NWR Complex is comprised of six individual National Wildlife Refuges that span the coast of Oregon and support a rich diversity of wildlife habitats including coastal rocks, sea stacks, reefs, and islands; forested and grass-covered headlands; estuaries; and freshwater marshes.

The OCNWRC is headquartered in Newport, OR, and spans 320 miles of the Oregon Coast. Learn more at:

Visit all the refuges of the Complex and others in the National Wildlife Refuge System using the link below.

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