Travel Oregon has launched a new program called explOREGON, hoping to inspire families to discover the wonders of nature along the Oregon Coast. There are 363 miles of public coastline in Oregon, and that means plenty of opportunity to build sandcastles, fly kites, explore tide pools, watch whales and splash in the ocean.
In partnership with National Geographic Magazine, explOREGON is kicking off a nationwide contest offering kids a chance to win a trip to the Oregon Coast. To enter, kids ages 6-14 must submit a drawing and a letter up to 100 words explaining what they’d see, do and explore along the Oregon Coast if they had the opportunity. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for four to the Oregon Coast this summer.
ExplOREGON was formed to get kids to unplug from televisions and computers and go outside to see the wonders of nature. It’s also a response to a recent survey co-sponsored by the Oregon Tourism Commission and the Travel Industry Association which revealed that nearly three out of four U.S. kids have never visited the Pacific Ocean.