Become a Volunteer Naturalist

Whale Scout volunteer naturalists work closely with the public channeling people’s interest in whales into local salmon habitat restoration projects. There are several opportunities to participate in volunteer programs: opportunistic land-based whale watching, scheduled second Sunday land-based whale watching, outreach events, and Whale Scout Helpin’ Out restoration work parties.

Training Dates: October 27th and/or January 13th

Location: Seahurst Park Environmental Science Center

Time: 10am – 4pm

Requirements: No experience necessary. Participation in one or several of our programs strongly recommended at a level of 24 hours per year (2 hrs/month on average). Purchase vest $33.

Provided: We’ll provide all the educational materials to share with the public and training. For continued service, binoculars and hats are offered.

Benefits: Educational experiences (trainings, participation in book club, field trips)

Speakers: David Bain, killer whale biologist and Whale Scout Program Advisor. Kelly Steffen, Orca Heroes program coordinator, Environmental Science Center. Whitney Neugebauer, Director, Whale Scout. January speakers TBD.

Content: Training is for new and returning volunteers. We will cover basics of whales, salmon and teach everyone about the logistics of volunteering for our various programs. If you are unable to attend, please consider signing up for our next training session on January 13th.

Bring: Lunch

Directions: Park at the lower area of Seahurst Park. Walk north along the shoreline path past the bathrooms to the brown Environmental Science Center building.

Sign up required.

Sign up for October 27th

Sign up for January 13th