Summer 2017 MNTP IS FULL! Please contact our education curator, Tracie Merrill, to be put on a waiting list, there are normally several cancellations each session, so spots are likely to open up. 

Enrolled students may pay the balance on your tuition below. See tuition due dates and cancellation/refund policy below.

The Marine Naturalist Training Program 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. A mix of lectures and field trips provides a hands-on learning experience that leaves graduates qualified as a regional professional or volunteer naturalist.

Summer 2017 Program Dates: August 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 (with one day off on August 6)

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 and on location).
  • A boat-based marine field trip.
  • All class materials.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments; lunch is not provided.

A minimum deposit of 50% must be paid at the time of registration to ensure your space in the program. Any balance is due 30 days prior to the program's start date.

Refund Policy: Tuition payments are fully refundable up until 4 weeks from the start date of your course. After that, we can only fully refund if your space in the program is filled. Please contact us to see the full refund policy. The Whale Museum reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In the event of a cancellation, you will be issued a full refund.

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 30 students, so please register quickly!


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