Haystack Rock Awareness Program Beach Announces New Program!

Tides and Trails Guided Tours

The Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) announces an exciting new HRAP program: guided tidepool tours with award-winning author, filmmaker, photographer and intertidal enthusiast Stephen Grace.
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program is entering its Thirty Second season on the beach. The program’s mission is to protect, through education, the intertidal and bird ecology of the Marine Garden and National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. Having educated over one million visitors, HRAP aims to provide sustainability-focused educational opportunities to a wide range of Cannon Beach visitors.
Tours led by Stephen Grace, author of books such as Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future, provide an exploration of our ocean’s edge unlike any other experience HRAP has previously been able to offer. Participants in these small group tours will benefit from Stephen Grace’s unique combination of scientific knowledge and expansive storytelling skills, which he combines in a compelling exploration of Cannon Beach’s ecological jewel: a dynamic coastline teeming with wondrous creatures.
Participants should prepare to immerse themselves in the elements (dressing for all types of weather) as they venture down to the shore from Cannon Beach City Hall. Tours cost $25 per person, are capped at 10 participants, and last approximately an hour and a half.
Private tours with Stephen Grace to Haystack Rock, or to other intertidal areas, are also offered at $40 per person, or $35 per person with groups larger than 3 explorers.
The first tour is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 3 p.m.!
For more information, or to schedule your tour, please visit our website at ci.cannon- or contact Melissa Keyser, HRAP Coordinator, at 504-436-8060 or

The tours are highly educational and adventurous!