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 2020 Program Dates

July 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22 (with one day off on July 19)

Class days will mostly be full days, starting around 10 am and ending around 5:00 pm. Email Tracie for agenda.

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. This course has a maximum class size of 50 students.

Refund Policy

Tuition is fully refundable up until 4 weeks from the start date of your course. Cancellations within 4 weeks can only be provided a full refund if your space in the program is filled, and these refunds will be processed on or after the first day of class. 

What to Expect for Summer 2020

Lectures and site visits will take place virtually through webinar/videoconferencing software, such as Zoom. A full schedule with be provided to registered students.
Most presentations will be recorded and made available to participants. There will likely be a few presentations that presenters will not want to be recorded.

Feel free to contact Tracie at any time with questions.


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