From Whychus Creek that runs through Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture here in Sisters, to Yaquina Bay in Newport where the Oregon Coast Aquarium is based, our waterways – and the lives that depend on them – are connected. Roundhouse Foundation is honored to support Oregon Coast Aquarium in their mission to create unique and engaging experiences that inspire responsible stewardship, now and for generations to come.

“The Aquarium is a wonderful place for learning about the oceans and the marine world,” said Kathy Deggendorfer, Roundhouse Foundation Founder and Trustee. “What better way to understand, think and reassess the way we live than by being introduced to the wildlife that abounds in our coastal environment. Introducing residents and visitors to the magic of the marine environment will reinforce the need to preserve and protect this place we call home.”

The Aquarium is one of three facilities in the Pacific Northwest, and the only one in the state of Oregon, authorized to provide critical care to endangered marine wildlife like sea turtles, northern fur seals, and snowy plovers. The $5 million grant from Roundhouse Foundation will support the Aquarium’s capital campaign for remodel, renovation, and development, which includes a new educational Headwaters feature and a new Marine Rehabilitation Center.

“These additions to the Aquarium will not only support ocean and wildlife education and conservation, but they will also provide economic support for the Central Coast and beyond,” said Erin Borla, Roundhouse Foundation Executive Director & Trustee. “Organizations like the Oregon Coast Aquarium that are centered in rural communities are important drivers of our rural economies. They share local stories, highlight their unique history, ecology and watersheds, and provide economic strength and resilience in these smaller communities.”

Learn more about the Oregon Coast Aquarium and support the Aquarium’s fundraising campaign at

Published On: April 29th, 2021 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Grant News /