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(Pictured left to right) ”Oregon Connections Academy teachers Suzanne Eide from Monmouth and Leslie Smith from Sandy, Lisa Habecker with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (center), Dominique Hoffman and her 6th grade son Kai Hoffman from Beaverton, along with Joanna Anguiano and her 6th grader Abigail Anguiano from Portland.”

Several families with students attending Oregon Connections Academy, the statewide online public school, recently attended a full day of field trips in Cannon Beach. In the morning, students, parents, and teachers, partnered with the Ocean Blue Project for a special beach clean-up event. In the afternoon, the group from Oregon Connections Academy visited Haystack Rock to learn more about the intertidal organisms and birds during an interpretive presentation provided by the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

Stories in the news about erosion problems on Haystack Rock were of interest to the families who turned out for the events. Like many field trips sponsored by Oregon Connections Academy, one of the key goals at Cannon Beach was to bring school to life for students by allowing them to experience real-world and hands-on learning about the many species who call Haystack Rock home.

Each school year Oregon Connections Academy hosts over 200 field trips and other events across the state not only to enhance academic experiences for students, but also to encourage socialization for students and families.

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