Summer 2021: TWM Virtual Marine Naturalist Training Program


Date and Time:

Monday, July 19, 2021, 12:00pm to Saturday, July 24, 2021, 5:30pm



Registration is now open for a summer virtual session of The Whale Museum’s Marine Naturalist Program. This dynamic and high quality program will be 6-sessions and run on the following dates: July 19-24. The objective of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified regionally as professional or volunteer naturalists.

The main focus of the training is the ecology, current status and conservation of Southern Resident Killer Whales and other local marine species as well as discussions about the environments they live in.  The course includes presentations on cetaceans, pinnipeds, otters, intertidal invertebrates, seabirds, and a variety of other topics such as geology and marine conservation.  Faculty includes Whale Museum staff, professional naturalists, marine scientists, and environmental educators active in the region. Presentations will be delivered through videoconferencing/webinar software, such as Zoom. Tuition is $475 for non-museum members (includes an orca adoption and a Whale Museum membership) and $425 for museum members/orca adopters. There are no prerequisites other than high school graduation and a sincere interest to learn.

Please refer all questions to Tracie Merrill, Education Curator, by email at Registration information can be found on the Whale Museum website at Zoom links and agenda will be sent to registrants closer to the start of class sessions. 

How to Register:



Contact Email:

Contact Name:

Tracie Merrill

Contact Phone:

360-378-4710 ext. 23