Our Favorites: The Hatfield Marine Science Center

hatfield logo 300x275 Our Favorites: The Hatfield Marine Science Center

If you’ve ever had the experience of buying a home, you’ve probably noticed that real estate professionals often utter the mantra, “Location, Location, Location.” While the statement can feel a little cliche, location really is a big factor when you’re looking for a certain quality of life.

Wilder’s intentional neighborhood was designed with a certain kind of location in mind. It is set amidst a sustainable forest, just minutes south of the Newport’s city center. Even closer is Newport’s South Beach featuring events like the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival (Feb 19-23), the famous Rogue House of Spirits, but also the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

This weekend, February 8th, the Hatfield Marine Science Center is hosting an all-day event for fossil enthusiasts. They are bringing distinguished scientists to share exhibits featuring amazing fossil finds from across Oregon. They also invite guests to bring their own fossils for expert identification.

We found the following schedule at the “Breaking Waves” blog.


  • 11:30 am – Guy DiTorrice speaks about seeking and finding dinosaur fossils at the Montana ranch where parts of Jurassic Park were filmed, including Duckbill (Hadrosaurus) dig sites .
  • 1:30 pm – Dr. Bill Orr, “In Search of the Conodont Animal” – a talk about the recent discovery of a small fish-like animal that has for 150 years been a mystery to the paleontology community. The Conodonts are one of the most important guide fossils to the entire Paleozoic interval of time: a duration of 300 million years, and the discovery has stirred immense interest among paleontologists.

All day:

  • Mike Full’s “Willamette Valley Pleistocene Project” display captures a glimpse of 50,000 years of prehistory in our own backyard. Giant bison and wooly mammoth fossils will be on display.
  • Kent Gibson, who has provided fossils to the Smithsonian’s collection will display a cross-section of fossils found in Lincoln County, including dolphin skulls, scallops, and whale vertebrata.
  • All events take place in the HMSC Visitor Center, which is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm.