Take a deep dive with us to learn all about the orcas of the Salish Sea!
This is a six-month (Jan.-Jun.) experiential learning series that will get you on the Salish Sea six times, build a deeper knowledge about the orcas of the Salish Sea, connect you with local organizations studying orcas of the Salish Sea, introduce you to environmental issues affecting local marine life, connect you with a community of other adults passionate about orcas, and provide ideas about the ways you can help!
The class begins with a fun Orca Art evening!
In the months to follow, there will be six in-person discussions before or after we launch for the boat field trips. These lessons occur on the same day as the boat trip to limit commuting.
Topics covered will include Orca Basic Biology, Orca Communities and Culture, The Environment and Orca Health, Brief Overview of Orcas of the World, Orca Diets, Southern Resident orcas, Bigg's orcas, and Actions we can take to help orcas.
Additionally, students will meet local researchers during scheduled Zoom meetings (Dr. Deborah Giles of Wild Orca, whale biologist Monika Wieland Shields of Orca Behavior Institute), and attend an in-person field trip to the Orca Survey Center in Friday Harbor.
Students will also have access to a private Discord channel to build community connections.
We purposefully curate a small, in-person, community learning experience (up to 6 participants per group). There are no virtual enrollment options for this course. All lessons and boat trips will launch from Skyline Marina in Anacortes, Washington.
Gather for six in-person lessons before/after each of the six boat excursions (departing from Skyline Marina)
Take a deep dive into the natural history of the orcas of the Salish Sea (topics listed above)
Learn about different environmental issues affecting orcas that frequent the Salish Sea
Learn ways you can help orcas of the Salish Sea
Experience the incredible marine life and orcas of the Salish Sea during the boat field trips
Meet with experts in the area who study the orcas of the Salish Sea (Dr. Deborah Giles (virtual), Monika Weiland Shields (virtual), and Center for Whale Research (in-person)
Build a community with like-minded friends
Receive a class t-shirt
$1,449 per participant
Group A Schedule:
Enrollment closes January 5, 2024
- Wed. January 24, 2024 @5:30PM-6:30PM - Group Meet & Greet - Wine and Design
- Wed. February 21 - Research Scientist Zoom
- Fri. February 23 @11AM- lesson + boat trip
- Wed. March 20 - Research Scientist Zoom
- Sat. March 23 @11AM - lesson + boat trip
- Fri. April 19 @11AM - CWR visit + boat trip
- Sat. May 4 - Rain date
- Fri. May 17 @11AM- lesson + boat trip
- Sat. June 8 @11AM - lesson + boat trip
- Fri, June 14 @11AM - lesson + boat trip
- Sat. July 20th - Rain date
Enroll in Group A or Group B.
We do offer a 4 part payment plan.
1st payment of $362.25 due at time of enrollment. Three remaining payments of $362.25 are due on February 1, April 1, and June 1. Email email@example.com to begin.
Group B Schedule:
Enrollment closes January 5, 2024
- Wed. January 24, 2024 @7-8PM - Group Meet & Greet - Wine and Design
- Wed. February 21 - Learning Zoom
- Sat. February 24 @11AM- lesson + boat trip
Wed. March 20 - Research Scientist Zoom
- Fri. March 22 @11AM - lesson + boat trip
- Sat. April 20 @11AM - CWR visit + boat trip
- Fri. May 3 - Rain date
- Sat. May 18 @11AM- lesson + boat trip
- Fri. June 7 @11AM - lesson + boat trip
- Sat. June 15 @11AM - lesson + boat trip
- Sat. July 13th - Rain date
Cancellation policy: Cancellation prior to 60 days prior to class start results in a full refund less $100 administration fees. Cancellation 30 days before class start results in a 50% refund.
Wildlife photos by A.Colbert