Raised in western Oregon, Marty Giles began interpreting the natural
resources of the Oregon Coast in 1971.
She's been a professional naturalist for many years, working for a variety of agencies
to develop and deliver public education programs about the Coast's natural and human
Those years of professional experience are now applied to Marty's interpretive nature
guiding service, Wavecrest Discoveries. A woman-owned and operated
company, "Wavecrest" was first registered as a business name in 1988; the
business graduated from a part-time business to a full-time one in November 1995.
Marty's extensive experience putting people in touch with nature includes writing about
it. Currently, she writes a twice-monthly nature column
for The World newspaper.
BA; Western Oregon State University; Monmouth, Oregon: Interdisciplinary
Science, Earth Science, Social Science)
MS; Texas A&M University; College Station, Texas: Recreation Resources
Development (Interpretation Option)
About eight years' professional experience planning and delivering public education
programs on the Oregon Coast (Coos County, Clatsop County, Lincoln County) for South
Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon State University Extension/Sea Grant,
Oregon State Parks, and others.
Additional experience in: managing outdoor education programs; planning,
designing, and writing interpretive exhibits and documents; and teaching coaching, and
Currently chair of the Tourism Committee of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and a
member of the BACC Board, 1997-2006(and the 1999 & 2006 "Member of the Year");
board member (Coos County representative) of the Oregon Coast Visitors
Association; board member of
Oregon Coastal Environments Awareness Network; board member (and Executive
Committee) of the Coos Watershed Association; past president of Coast to Crest
Interpreters League; member of the National Association of Interpretation; membership in
many other local non-profit groups, including the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Friends
of Shore Acres, Coos Historical Society, Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism,
CoastWatch, and others.