Marine Naturalist Training Program This Spring

  • Sun Jan 18th, 2009 12:59am
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Marine Naturalist Training Program This Spring

Friday Harbor, WA – Registration for the Spring Marine Naturalist Training Program, presented by The Whale Museum, is available now. The programs dates are April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 24. The object 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 in which they live.

The course includes presentations on cetaceans, pinnipeds, otters, intertidal invertebrates, seabirds, and a variety of other topics such as geology and marine conservation. Faculty including Whale Museum staff, professional naturalists, marine scientists, and environmental educators active in the region. Students will also participate in a variety of field trips relating to the topics of study. They will have the opportunity to assemble a Gray Whale skeleton at The Whale Museum and to practice their naturalist skills on board a tour boat. Tuition is $375 (includes an orca adoption and a Whale Museum membership). There are no prerequisites other than high school diploma and a sincere interest to learn. To take part in this opportunity, please contact Cindy Hansen, Education

Curator, by email at or by phone at 360-378-4710 ext.23. Registration material can be downloaded from the Whale Museum website at