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online home of the North America Research Group (NARG)

NARG Affiliates

NARG Affiliates are a consortium of groups, clubs, and organizations with interests in paleontology, paleobotany and geology. In a cooperative effort, NARG Affiliates work to consolidate, promote and advance through education, exhibition, and demonstration, what is known now and is still to learn about the prehistoric past of the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Paleo Lands Institute
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute (OPLI) helps Northwest residents and visitors of all ages to explore, understand and enjoy the world-renowned natural history of north central Oregon, its ancient and living landscapes and cultures, and the full fossil record of earth's last 50 million years.

OPLI, with its partners, works actively with the region's communities and residents, to expand educational horizons, research opportunities, community vitality and economic wealth, and to promote and sustain the region's special natural and cultural assets.


OMSI - Oregon Museum of
Science and Industry

Founded in 1944 and one of the nation's top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the "WOW!" in science for the kid in each of us. Five exhibit halls and eight science labs offer 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI's multi-attraction complex features a big screen OMNIMAX Theater, the Northwest's largest planetarium, and the USS Blueback, the last fast-attack, diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy and after serving for 31 years, the last of its kind to be decommissioned. In addition to enjoying one of the featured exhibits at temporary display at OMSI, you can touch a tornado, uncover a fossil, surf the internet, enter the world of virtual reality, experience an earthquake, or simply experiment on your own in one of our many hands-on labs. OMSI also offers a variety of camps and classes as well as one of the largest outreach programs in the nation, taking innovative science and technology education "on the road" to students, teachers and the public in seven Western states.


Rice Northwest Museum
of Rocks and Minerals

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals was founded by Richard L. and Helen M. Rice in 1996 for the express purpose of passing on to present and future generations the opportunity to obtain knowledge and pleasure from these beautiful wonders of nature. The museum collection and reference materials are available for viewing, study and research to all who are interested in the earth sciences.

  Geological Society of the Oregon Country (GSOC)
The Geological Society of the Oregon Country is based in Portland, Oregon. The Society was organized in 1935 with Dr. Edwin T. Hodge, geology professor at the University of Oregon, as its first president. Dr. Hodge made special trips to Portland to conduct classes in the fundamentals of geology. Many of these students became charter members of the Society. The Oregon Country includes the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming west of the Continental Divide.
  OSU Marine Science Center
The Hatfield Marine Science Center has a 40 year history of research, education, and outreach. Originally established as a marine laboratory for Oregon State University, it has grown to encompass a large group of partners on its 49 acre site on Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. Within OSU, HMSC includes researchers, students, or faculty from five colleges and more than ten departments, and serves as home to several University programs.
  Willamette Agate and Mineral Society, Inc.
WAMS, a rock club of nearly 300 members located in Salem, Oregon, was organized to stimulate interest in the study and collection of agates, minerals, gems and fossils, and support lapidary work, education, scientific study of natural earth sciences.