[MARMAM] Registration is now open for The Whale Museum's 2023 Summer Marine Naturalist Training Program

tracie merrill traciemerrill at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 12 15:36:48 PDT 2023

The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA, has been training marine naturalists since 1994. Our 2023 summer marine naturalist training program (MNTP) is fully in-person here on San Juan Island, WA. Dates for this session are: July 27-August 2, with an evening welcome reception on July 26 and a day off on July 30. Our marine naturalist training course 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). These will be mostly full days, usually running from around 9:00 am-5:00 pm Pacific Time with a mixture of classroom lectures and field trips. This course includes an in-depth treatment of the ecology and conservation of local marine species, including cetaceans (especially Southern Resident killer whales), pinnipeds, mustelids, and marine invertebrates and birds. Not only will participants learn identification and biology of species but also about TWM's marine mammal research (San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Marine Mammals Sighting Network/Database, Be Whale Wise laws and guidelines and Soundwatch Boater Education Program, and collaboration in shore based observation/acoustic research at Lime Kiln Point State Park). Presentations will be given by highly trained local naturalists, environmental educators, and scientists. The upcoming summer session will be a dynamic, high-quality in-person experience that leaves graduates qualified as a regional professional or volunteer naturalist after completing 10 practicum hours. Clock hours are available. Hands-on learning and field identification will be emphasized. The price is $650 for TWM/SSAMN members and $700 for non-members. Price includes lectures, field trips, all class materials, transportation to field trip locations from classroom venue, an opening reception, light breakfast fare and snacks, and a graduation lunch. Please note: participants are responsible for their own accommodations and travel to SJI if needed as well as meals outside of what is being provided. There are only 29 spots available. More information as well as course registration can be found at https://whalemuseum.org/pages/marine-naturalist-training . You can email Tracie Merrill, Education Curator at TWM, at tracie at whalemuseum.org with any questions.

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