Our mission is to protect Pacific Northwest whales through land-based conservation experiences. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Bothell, Washington with Whale Scouts based all over Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Entirely run by volunteers, Whale Scout connects the public with trained naturalists to watch whales for free from shore, and to inspire whale watchers to participate in habitat restoration events. By restoring habitat we are tackling two of the biggest threats facing endangered killer whales. lack of salmon, and pollution. We hope you will join us in taking action to protect endangered killer whales and learn more about how we help. Want to know where and when Whale Scouts are watching whales? Sign up to get text message scout notifications.
Here is a fun cartoon showing what we do and why it’s important for killer whales and whale watchers.
MORE of what we do:
- We provide FREE whale watching experiences at local parks providing a service to those who may not be able to afford trips to the San Juan Islands or other whale watching destinations.
- We support and contribute to local sightings networks providing scientists and managers important data.
- By watching whales from shore we are engaging in responsible whale watching by not contributing to ocean noise or presence of vessels on the water which have been shown to negatively affect whales.
- In just one Helpin’ Out event we had over 110 people come out to restore North Creek Forest, important habitat for the recovery of Chinook salmon
- As the “Blackfish effect” sweeps the country, more people are choosing to not support institutions which display orcas such as SeaWorld. Whale Scout provides another opportunity for people to view orcas in the wild for FREE.
- Watching whales gives us so much joy and inspiration and Whale Scout also strives to reciprocate by restoring the whales’ food sources.
- We are a volunteer-run organization – all of your contributions go towards the benefit of whales, the environment, and our local communities.