Elk in a grassy valley
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Animals, Birding & Wildlife 

Observe wildlife in natural environments or have amazing animal encounters at dedicated animal sanctuaries. Whale watch along the scenic Oregon Coast, bird watch at local ponds and estuaries or spot raccoons, opossum, beavers, porcupines, skunks, deer, elk, wolves and black bear along hiking trails and in parks. 

The Willamette Valley's agricultural land offers an abundance of farm animals including cows, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens and even alpacas! Drive the scenic byways during the springtime to see baby animals, or stop by a petting zoo for up close interactions. Hire a truffle dog for forest foraging. From aquariums to hatcheries, there are a variety of fun and educational arenas throughout the region.

Nature, Farm & Wildlife Events

Goat Yoga Happy Hour

Goat Yoga & Other Thrills

Join playful, gentle goats in original goat yoga! One of the unique interactive experiences in the region includes yoga classes and goat happy hours on the farm. Other farms offer seasonal tours, tractor rides, horseback riding, goat feeding, alpaca feeding and viewing, bison viewing and more! Visit fish hatcheries, bird hospitals, aquariums and natural coastal caves of brimming with sea lions. 

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