What to Bring
- Tent & camping gear
- Mattress Pad
- Sleeping bag
- Shelf liner - anti-slip (this helps prevent your sleeping
bag from sliding across your tent floor on a minor
- Flashlight or lamp
- Alarm Clock.
Option 2: Staying in the lodge (requires
an extra fee).
- Sleeping bag (beds only provide bare mattresses)
- Earplugs - the walls are thin and some people stay up past
your bed time making noise.
- A "loud" alarm clock even if you don't wear earplugs.
- Toiletries: Soap, tooth brush, floss, razor, shampoo (only
limited access to showers), etc
- Roll of toilet paper
- 2 Large Towels.
- One dining set: A dinner plate, a bowl for soup or cereal,
eating utensils, a travel mug.
- Provide your own
Friday Dinner before the program starts between 7 and
- Sack Lunches for
Saturday & Sunday
- Snack foods for 4 days.
- Foods you feel you need if you have a special diet to
- Any wild food that you've previously prepared, are proud
of making, and would like to share with the rest of us. Wild
flours, jams, syrups, canned foods, pickles, nuts, beans,
fruit leathers, etc.
Note that Native Shores provides breakfasts and dinners
beginning Saturday breakfast, ending Monday breakfast.
- Oregon Shellfish
Collecting License (See below)
YOU MUST CARRY THIS ON YOU
AT ALL TIMES WHEN COLLECTING CLAMS
- $8-10/person for car pooling contribution
- Day Pack for carrying food, extra clothing, and
- Water bottle
- Field worthy note pads & pencils
- Old wetable tennis shoes
- Rain gear / Wide-brimmed waterproof rain hat that ties to
the head is much better than a hood
- Hunting Knife preferably in sheathe for hanging on your
- Scissors preferably in sheathe for hanging on your
- Pocket-sized Water-proof bag (Ziplock) for your wallet
- 6 white plastic grocery bags
- Cultivator or Garden Rake (hard garden-style rake. See
below). Bring what you have, either of these will work fine.
The best cultivator has long study tines that are separated
by just under two inches from point to point. Fancy
expensive "Clam rakes" are innappropirate here.
- A flat spade type shovel (See below). Other shovels will
work unless they have a large blade. Small portable survival
type shovels are too small to be of help here. See clam gun
- 3-5 gallon plastic pail (white is best color), or
water-proof white bag
**Use of these can be rented for the duration of the event
for an additional $12
- Clam Gun
(tube-style suction device - See below). If you already own
or can borrow one, bring it. We can use it as a replacement
for a shovel.
- 2 or 3 of your favorite wild food books
- Leather gloves for protecting hands while collecting
- Some people prefer wadders to tennis shoes, but they are
burdensome to carry around.
- Stories or folk tales to tell for the evenings.
- A vehical that can carry 5-8 people for group travel to
- 4 changes of cloths
- Prepare for temperatures usually ranging from 40 F at
night to 50-75 F during the day.
- Encampment Clothing: Bring clothing for comfort.
- For coastal forests: Bring rugged but layered cloths that
will keep you warm in the wind and rain or can be removed to
keep you cool on hot dry days, raingear, a wide brimmed hat,
and hiking boots.
For seaside trips:
- Tennis shoes (old tossable or thrift store specials that
can get wet) for foot protection and stability in sharp
unstable rocky areas.
- Warm layered clothing that can get wet and dirty -
preferably: old wool socks, pants, sweaters and other
clothing that will keep you warm even when wet. All seashore
clothing should be layered and able to withstand immersion
in salt water and protect your body (knees, shins, and
hands) from a fall on sharp rocks. If you do not currently
have much wool, check out thrift stores for old sweaters and
pants. Wet suits might be overkill as most people will only
get wet from their ankles to their knees (Unlikely to the
waist or chest).
- Inappropriate Clothing for climbing surf rocks:
sandals/flip flops, shorts, and light summer cotton
clothing. Bare feet and sandals are inappropriate for
walking on sharp barnacles, sharp rocks, and slippery sea
life. Poor footwear is dangerous and slows us all down.
Shellfish licenses are now required for anyone over 13 years
of age to collect shellfish in Oregon.
In-state licenses are $7/year, For more detail go
A 3 day out-of-state license costs $11.50 or $20.50/year.
For more detail go here.
A 3-Day license must specify the days you intend to do the
collecting - Specify days that include the Saturday and
Sunday of this year's event.
You must have the License with you during the workshop or
you will only be allowed to watch or help someone else. If
shellfish are found in your possession on the beach, and you
don't have a license, the fine is $75 and up. A license can
be purchased "PRIOR" to our events at any Oregon Fred Meyer,
GI Joes, Bi-Mart, Walmart, and other sporting goods stores.
If you have any questions call the Oregon Department of Fish
and Wildlife at 800-720-6339 within Oregon or 503-947-6000
if out of State. A license can be ordered by mail but the
process takes about a month. DO NOT wait until the last
Note that a license will not guarantee us the ability to
collect shellfish if there is a marine toxin advisory from
the Department of Fish & Wildlife, The Department of
Health, or the USDA. In such cases, we will still dig a few
representative clams, we'll just not be able to eat
Driving: If you are driving, stop in at the Fred
Meyer shopping center in Tillamook to purchase your Annual
In-State or 3-day Out-of-State "Oregon Shellfish License"
for Sat, Sun, Mon (NOT for Friday) before continuing on to
Rockaway. Note that: WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO AND CANNOT DISTURB
OUR BASE CAMP SITE PRIOR TO 4PM FRIDAY. So if you find our site before
then, go sight seeing and do not approach the site. Another
group will be using it until 4. After 4pm, come in to
register for Native Shores. People will be arriving
gradually between 4 and 7pm, including Dr. Kallas. If no one
is there when you arrive (after 4pm) just verify the address
and set up your camp or just wait and make friends with
other participants until Dr. Kallas gets there to open the
lodge. A multitude of set up responsibilities sometimes
Flying: If you are flying to Oregon make sure you
know your Oregon travel plans prior to arriving. Any
information below is subject to change. Call transportation
venues early to make your plans. Here is a Portland map that takes you by highway from the Airport
across town to Highway 26. Just follow the red line.
Renting a car is the
easiest and most hassel free option. Contact us if you want
to see if you can share rental costs with another person
flying in. Sharing works out sometimes and can save you lots
of money. You increase your chances of making sharing work
if you flight arrives very early on the Friday.
Alternatively, we might be able to connect you with a local
person who can give you a ride. The earlier you let us know
of your interest in sharing, the better the chances that we
will be able to connect you with someone. If you are
driving, stop in at the Fred Meyer shopping center in
Tillamook to purchase your 3-day Out-of-State "Oregon
Shellfish License" for Sat, Sun, Mon (NOT for Friday) before
continuing on to Rockaway. Note that: WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO AND CANNOT
DISTURB THE SITE PRIOR TO 4PM FRIDAY. So if you find our site before
then, go sight seeing and do not approach the site. Another
group will be using it until 4. After 4pm, come in to
register for Native Shores.
If you are relying on public transportation, call the
appropriate numbers below and determine all your connections
before you get here. Buses and trains only run at certain
times to certain locations. Routes and times may change, so
do not depend on something someone told you from a prior
Rendezvous. If you are going to depend on public
transportation follow the directions below.
Transportation: From the Portland Airport to Portland to
Tillamook to Rockaway for Native Shores:
Public transportation options are precarious at best, take a
long time (6-8 hours instead of 2), and may change at any
time so verify each step in the process below before paying
for a flight. I do not recommend this unless there is no
other option. If you miss the few options available, you may
have to rent a car or miss much of the Rendezvous.
INTO THE PORTLAND AIRPORT EITHER BEFORE 7AM OR
2) Take the MAX Mass Transit Train to Portland
(About $2 using the same ticket covers the whole trip from
the Airport to the Greyhound Station. About 1hr 30 min
includes a stop for licensing): Take the Max Train's Red
line from the Airport to the Gateway Transit Station. Visit
Fred Meyer store's Customer Service Desk to buy a 3-day
Out-of-State "Oregon Shellfish License" for Sat, Sun, Mon
(NOT for Friday). Get back on MAX's Red Line, continuing
towards downtown and take it to the Rose Quarter Stop. From
the Rose Quarter transfer to Bus #77 (heading to west
downtown), which will soon arrive at the Greyhound Bus
Station (NW Gleason & 6th Ave).
3) Portland to Tillamook (About $10 one way):
From the Greyhound Bus Station take the Tillamook County Bus
(Not a Greyhound Bus) at either 10:30am or 3:10pm - the only
times available. Arriving in Tillamook either 12:30pm or
4) Tillamook to Rockaway (About $2 one way):
Take the Tillamook County Bus North towards Manzanita at
either 1:30pm, 3:30pm, or 5:30pm. This bus takes about 1/2
hour to get to Rockaway and does NOT run after 5:30pm.
DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO AND CANNOT DISTURB THE SITE PRIOR TO
4PM FRIDAY. So, if
you get into town before 4 pm stay in Rockaway and visit the
Library and/or the Visitor Information Center and/or Lake
Lytle until about 4pm, then walk North on the main road (Hwy
101) to our site at 882 N Miller St (Between 8th & 9th
Ave). Miller St runs parallel to and just left (West) of the
main road. If you arrive into Rockaway after 4pm, ask the
bus driver to drop you off at North 9th Ave at the side of
the road. Cross the street, then the RR Tracks, and find 882
Emergency Ambulance/Fire/Police: 911
Transportation Numbers that Might be Helpful
(800) 231-2222 Portland Airport
(877) 739-4636 Portland International Airport
(503) 842-2413 Tillamook Airport: Oregon 97141
(214) 849-8966 National Greyhound Customer Service www.greyhound.com
(503) 243-2361 Portland Greyhound Customer Service / Ticket
(503) 238-7433 Max local transportation in Portland:
(503) 842-8283 Portland To Rockaway Bus System:
(800) 551-6949 Oregon State Parks: 503-986-0707
(800) 452-5687 Camping Reservations
(800) 547-7842 "Where to Stay in Oregon" Guide
(800) 944-6196 Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guide
(800) 841-5448 Border to Border Bed & Breakfast
City Hall. 276 Highway 101 S,
(503) 355-2665 Library. 120 S Coral St.
(503) 355-9600 Community Center. 2310 Highway 101 N
(503) 355-8108 Visitor Information Center. Red Cabboose.
(503) 842-4444 County Hospital: 1000 3rd St
(503) 842-7525 Chamber of Commerce:,
(503) 842-4792 Library: 210 Ivy Ave.
(503) 815-1300 Tillamook Cheese Factory: 4175 Hwy 101 N,.
(503) 842-8222x120 Outdoor Guided and Educational Tours:
(503) 842-4553 Pioneer Museum: 2106 Second St.
(503) 842-1130 Tillamook Air Museum: 030 Hangar Rd.
(541) 757-7236 Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
(800) 551-6949 Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint.
(503) 842-4981 Cape Lookout State Park: (800) 551-6949.
(503) 228-9411 Chamber of Commerce, www.pdxchamber.org
(503) 275-8355 Portland Information Center ,
(503) 872-2750 Northwest Outdoor Maps, Books, Guides,
Resources, Directories www.naturenw.org/
(503) 228-4651 Powells Book Store
(503) 226-2811 Museum
(503) 988-5234 Library
Plan a trip to various parts of Portland using the Max:
www.tri-met.org or 503-238-7433
Note that by using their web site or by calling Max, you can
find transportation to most places in the greater Portland
area within 20 to 50 minutes for around $2.50.