Talks & Demonstrations


Saturday, January 14th

11:00 a.m.

Marli Miller, an Earth sciences faculty member at the University of Oregon since 1997, is a geologist, photographer and author of the new second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon as well as Oregon Rocks, a guide to 60 amazing geological sites. Her work showcases the state’s splendor while also helping enthusiasts understand geologic processes at work. She will be available to sign her books at the Agate Festival.


William Orr, “Assembling Oregon” . The talk shows how Oregon was created and highlights mineral for each of the 10  deposits areas and how they relate to the geology.

Sunday, January 15th

11:00 a.m.

Kent Gibson, Winner of the 2022 national Katherine Palmer award for avocational Paleontology, Oregon Coast fossil hunter Kent Gibson will talk about how to identify fossils, how he got started finding fossils, and his subsequent donations to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the University of Oregon.

1:30 p.m.

Doug Sestrich, has been a Central Coast Beach Ranger for the past seven years, working for Oregon State Parks for nearly 20 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, Doug discovered the Oregon Coast after graduating from Penn State and fell in love with surfing, agate hunting, and mushroom foraging. He makes his home in Waldport and can’t imagine living any place else.

 Talks are given in the Civic Meeting Room, just inside the east entrance.

Agate Window Tour:

Saturday, January 18: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, also known as the Church of the Agate Windows, will offer a brief talk about the story behind the amazing six large panels of agates located in the sanctuary of the church. The church is located on 7th Street just to the west of the Yachats Commons.

Available all weekend:

Rock Doc

Got a coastal rock you can’t identify or are curious about? The Rock Doc will be available to answer your questions about your mystery coastal rock.

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