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A virtual continuing education program in partnership with

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of the Salish Sea in 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. Please note, this is not an introductory program, basic knowledge is expected. 



for a eight virtual naturalist nights connecting those who work (or play) in the field across the region to scientists and experts in a wide variety of fields.

6:00PM - 7:00PM

(See the line-up below!)

Speaker Presentation


7:00PM - 7:30PM

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with The Pulse of the Salish Sea by completing the following:

(1) Attending eight virtual talks

(2) One volunteer event (of your choice) that in some way gives back to your local ecosystem

(3) Pre and Post online survey

(4) Optional, a Fall whale watching trip (additional cost)

By registering, you will keep up with The Pulse of the Salish Sea, have opportunities to connect and network with other naturalists throughout the region, and support four regional non-profits.

Early bird special: $105

Register by Dec. 14, 2022!

FAQs found here.


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!



*Dates of speakers may shift once schedule is finalized

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JANUARY 11, 2023

Bigg's Killer Whales
Jared Towers, Bay Cetology

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FEBRUARY 8, 2023

Minke Whales
Frankie Robertson

Nursery Plants


The Pulse Field Trip
Potting Party with Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

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MARCH 9, 2023

Seabird Bycatch of the Salish Sea
Edward Melvin


APRIL 12, 2023

Tribal Speaker TBA

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MAY 10, 2023

Marbled Murrelets & Pigeon Guillemots
Maria Mudd Ruth, Author of Rare Bird



The Pulse Field Trip
Beach clean-up

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optional gathering with The Pulse community, additional cost, launching with different companies in the region.


Departure from Friday Harbor

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OCTOBER 11, 2023

Using drones to understand killer whale behavior and social structure
Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research

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NOVEMBER 8, 2023

Sea Otters in Washington
Casey Clark, WDFW


DECEMBER 13, 2023

Bull Kelp in the Salish Sea
Dr. Brooke Weigel


What does The Pulse certification mean?

Used to complete required continuing education hours, great addition to resumes.


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?


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 next March and want to be certified?

We record all of the speakers, so you can still be certified if you watch the recordings!

Do I have to attend a volunteer event?

Yes, to receive the official certification. If you do not need the official certification, then no volunteer event is required. Although, it is always highly recommended to help a local environmental organization at least once a year!


Where will the volunteer events be held?

We hope to provide options all over the region, to include Seattle, Anacortes, and San Juan Islands.

What if I am not near any volunteer events?

Email us and we will help figure out another solution such as volunteering for an environmental event in your local area.

Do I have to pay an additional fee for the boat trip?

Yes, the boat trip will be scheduled and paid for separately. Each region will organize their own trip. We will talk more about this during our zoom calls.

Do I have to go on the boat trip?

No, the boat trip is optional. 

Can I only attend a few monthly events?

Yes! You can choose to attend as many or as few events as you'd like, although you will only get the official certification (and sticker!) after attending all 12!

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 info@thesalishseaschool.org