12 Days of Earth Day & Annual Marine Debris Art Contest Announced!

The 8th annual 12 Days of Earth Day celebration will offer numerous environmentally focused opportunities for community members and visitors to participate in. Participants can celebrate the return of the tufted puffins to Haystack Rock; visitors and residents alike can learn about these special birds from Haystack Rock Awareness Program staff & volunteers, who will provide environmental interpretation and set-up puffin viewing stations on the beach as conditions allow throughout the festival days. Other events include a community Potluck on April 21st, Friends of Haystack Rock talk on April 12th, at 7pm, tree plantings, guided tours around Cannon Beach, a “Pets and People” Walking Parade, and a Street Fair where numerous different environmental groups will share ideas. For the full schedule of events visit our newly updated webpage at!

The Twelve Days of Earth Day Committee are a dedicated group of volunteers whose mission is to provide a platform for education and celebration of our Earth, our waters and our air, with a special emphasis on the yearly celebration of Earth Day. We are a subcommittee of the City of Cannon Beach Parks and Community Services Committee. Our goal is to be an inclusive community group, working to ensure and provide access to current environmental information and educational opportunities to our residents and visitors alike.

We are additionally happy to announce the second annual 12 Days of Earth Day Marine Debris Art Contest which takes place during the 12 Days celebration. Participants who love beachcombing, creativity and stewardship are encouraged to participate in this special art contest beginning March 28th! The theme this year is “It’s a Small World”; art should be less than 2’x2’x2’ in size.

Participants are invited to collect beach debris (plastic, shoes, hats, towels; any trash that washes up on our beaches) and use it to make art; all materials must be debris that are collected off the beach. Bring creations to the Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall between 3pm and 4pm on April 21st.
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Melissa Keyser
Program Coordinator

Haystack Rock Awareness Program City of Cannon Beach Phone: 503-436-8060 Web: Facebook:

All artwork will be displayed at the Hall and assessed by those participating in the celebration (each participant can vote once). The winner will be announced at the end of the City Potluck on the 21st. The winner will be presented with the Steve McLeod award.

If you have questions or comments,please contact MelissaKeyser, Haystack Rock Awareness Program Coordinator at 503-436-8060, email or Barb Knop at