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A virtual continuing education program in partnership with

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OF THE SALISH SEA... this virtual continuing education program for environmental educators, marine naturalists, or nature enthusiast from across the world.  


Designed for professionals and amateurs alike, this program goes beyond the basics and takes deeper dives on ecosystem-wide topics and the latest research.

By registering you will have opportunities to connect and network with other naturalists, regional scientists, and support four local non-profits.


Please note, this is not an introductory program, basic knowledge is expected. 


Dates, Time, Cost

The Pulse falls on the second Wednesday of the month from September 2024 - April 2025.

Time: Speaker presentation: 6PM - 7PM

Q&A session: 7:00PM - 7:30PM​

Please check out the speaker line-up below!

FAQs found here.

Cost: $120 for 8 classes ($15 per class)

All registration fees will equally support four non-profits: Orca Behavior Institute, Orca Network, The Salish Sea School, and Whale Scout. Thank you for your support!

You can sign up ANYTIME throughout the year and get access to the previous talks!


Spring Quarter 2024 Topics:


Interested in learning with the past Pulse sessions:


The Pulse Spring Quarter 2024 includes five virtual talks with regional scientists, January-May, 2024.

The cost is $75. If you would like to purchase this past series as recordings, you can sign-up here! 


NEW: Fall 2024 - Spring 2025


Image by Felipe Portella

September 11, 2024

Invasive European Green Crabs

Washington Sea Grant 

Image by James Wheeler

November 13, 2024


Image by James Wheeler

October 9, 2024


Image by Matt Hardy

December 11, 2024



Eagle Flying

January 8, 2025

Bald Eagles

Image by Jet Kim

February 12, 2025

Recover Herring Stocks in the Salish Sea

Image by Nick Jio

March 12, 2025

Derelict Vessel and Crab Pot Removal

Jason Morgan, Northwest Straits Initiative


April 9, 2025

Elephant Seals in the Salish Sea


Is this for adults only?

No! This program is for all motivated learners that want to dive deep into learning more about the Salish Sea!

I am a teacher, can I receive clock hours?

Yes! Email

Do I have to be working as a naturalist or educator to sign-up?

No, we welcome all people interested in learning more.

If I need to cancel, can I get a refund?

No refunds are available for this program. 

What if I miss a virtual event?

Email us and we will email a recorded session to you.

What if I find out about this event after it has started and want to join in?

We record all of the speakers, so you can still join us! We will send you a link with the previous recordings?

What non-profits are hosting this event?

This program is a partnership with Whale Scout, Orca Network, Orca Behavior Institute, and The Salish Sea School. All tuition will be split evenly between these four organizations.

What if I have questions?

Please contact us at

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