We've been training marine naturalists since 1994.

Our marine naturalist training course (MNTP) is an intensive 6-day overview of the natural history of the San Juan Islands and the marine waters of Washington and Southern British Columbia (known as the Salish Sea). This course includes an in-depth treatment of the ecology and conservation of local marine species, presented by highly trained local naturalists, environmental educators, and scientists. The upcoming summer session will be a dynamic, high-quality virtual experience that leaves graduates qualified as a regional professional or volunteer naturalist. 

Come Interested, Leave Qualified

During the pandemic, we are going virtual! You can still earn a Whale Museum naturalist certification by completing an extra 10-hour practicum, which can be arranged during this course. Completion of this course also entitles you to become a member of the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists (SSAMN).

Course Registration

Summer Session Dates:

July 19-24, 2021

Class days will mostly be full days, starting at 9:00 am and ending around 5:00 pm. The class agenda, class materials, and links will be emailed to registrants closer to the start of the class.

Tuition Rates:

• $425 Member Rate (for members of The Whale Museum/Orca Adopters)

• $475 Non-Member Rate (includes membership/Orca Adoption)

Tuition includes the following:

• Six class sessions (lectures).

• All class materials.

Registration applications are processed in the order they are received. You will be notified with a confirmation letter once your registration has been processed.

Refund Policy

If you cancel, tuition is fully refundable up until four weeks from the start date of your course. Within four weeks, we can only provide a full refund if your space in the program is filled. If not filled, if you cancel between two to four weeks before the start of the class a 50% refund can be issued. If you cancel within less than two weeks before the start of class, no refund can be issued. Your refund, if any, will be processed on or after the first day of class. The Whale Museum reserves the right to cancel the program at any time. In the event the program is canceled, you will be issued a full refund.

What to Expect for Summer 2021

Lectures and site visits will take place virtually through webinar/videoconferencing software, such as Zoom. A full schedule with be provided to registered students.

All presentations will be recorded and made available to participants.

Feel free to contact Tracie at any time with questions.

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