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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 year-long series of monthly naturalist nights connecting those who work (or play) in the field across the region to scientists and experts in a wide variety of fields.

begins at 5:30 PM

To provide the ability to get to know each other and socialize and recapture a sense of community.

Meet & Greet

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 twelve virtual talks (1 per month),

(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 2022 boat trip with others that have signed up. Please see below for more information.

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.

All tuition will be divided amongst Orca Behavior Institute, Orca Network, The Salish Sea School, and Whale Scout. Thank you for your support!

Cost: $120

FAQs found here.


Scholarships available here (applications due December 10th, 2021).


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!


Interested in signing-up for The Pulse 2022? Check out the amazing line-up of speakers, below!

January - Southern Resident Killer Whale Stories & Conversations, Dave Ellifrit

February - Sharks of the Salish Sea, Shawn Larson

March - Tribal Connections of the Salish Sea, Cecelia Gobin

April - Tufted Puffins of Washington, Dr. Peter Hodum

May - Hot Topic! Join us as we talk about the latest hot topic in the region.

June - Stormwater + Tire Chemicals, Dr. Kathy Peter

July - Harbor Porpoises of the Salish Sea, Dr. Cindy Elliser

August - The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change, Thor Hanson

September - Salmon, speaker TBA

October - Forage Fish Research and Management of the Salish Sea, Phil Dionne

November -  Geology of the Salish Sea, Kate Hruby

December - Hot Topic! Join us as we talk about the latest hot topic in the region.

Please see below for a more detailed description.



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Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

Southern Resident Killer Whale Stories & Conversations
Dave Ellifrit



Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Sharks of the Salish Sea
Shawn Larson



Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Tribal Connections of the Salish Sea
Cecelia Gobin

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Tufted Puffins of Washington 
Dr. Peter Hodum

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hot Topic #1!
Join us as we talk about the latest hot topic in the region.



Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Stormwater + Tire Chemicals
Dr. Kathy Peter



Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

Harbor Porpoises of the Salish Sea
Dr. Cindy Elliser

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change
Thor Hanson



Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

Forage Fish Research and Management of the Salish Sea
Phil Dionne

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


October, date TBD



Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

Speaker TBA

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

The Salish Sea is mountains that drop straight into the ocean, fossils peeking out from hillsides, glaciers of the past and present, and thousand foot deep water. The unique ecosystem of this region exists because of the geology, so let’s take a virtual walk from the tops of our snowy peaks to the depths of our sea.  

Geology of the Salish Sea
Kate Hruby

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Hot Topic!
Join us as we talk about the latest hot topic in the region.


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?

As of November 2021, we are working on getting this course approved!

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