come to a meeting!

ACS-OC has free monthly meetings with guest speakers from Orange County and elsewhere.  It's a great place to meet people who share your love of whales and the ocean.  You'll soon learn the meaning of our unofficial slogan: Join for the whales, stay for the people!

Most of the talks are about cetaceans (of course!), but now and then our members like to hear about other topics, so we try to find a good mix.  Click here to see our upcoming schedule.


october 25

Dr. Lei Lani Stelle, 

University of Redlands

upcoming guest speakers

SPECIAL from ACS National

16th International Conference coming to Orange County!

Newport Beach Hyatt Regency

November  2-4, 2018

Stay tuned for more info

August 23

Josh McInnes,

Transient Killer Whale Research Project

All our meetings are free and everyone is welcome!

September  27

Mike Schaadt

Retired Director,

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The American Cetacean Society was the first non-profit conservation group anywhere devoted to cetaceans - whales, dolphins and porpoises.  ACS National was founded in 1967, and the OC chapter was formed ten years later.

The Orange County Chapter's membership has more than doubled over the past few years.  We offer free monthly meetings with guest speakers, a Volunteer Naturalist program to train docents for whale-watch boats and other venues, public outreach tables at events such as the Dana Point Festival of Whales, and much, much more!  Come join us!

american cetacean society - orange county 

Become a Naturalist!

At least once a year, ACS-OC conducts training to certify Naturalists to serve the public on whale-watch boats and other venues.   It's a great way to learn more about whales and help fulfill our public-education mission.  Click here to find out more!