Photo by former ACS-OC President Peter Bryant

who we are

what we do 

  • Monthly meetings with guest speakers
  • Training/certifying ACS-OC Naturalists to serve the public on boats, in schools and at other venues
  • Public outreach at events such as whale festivals and Earth Day celebrations
  • Outreach to students at all levels
  • Occasional research and scholarship grants
  • Chapter whale-watch trips (fundraisers)  
  • Working with ACS National to guide the organization and help with ACS's biennial International Conference
  • Coordination with like-minded organizations in Orange County and elsewhere 
  • Educating boaters on whale-watch safety, etiquette and applicable laws
  • And much more!

The American Cetacean Society (ACS) works to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through education, conservation and research. We believe that people want to protect what they love, and that the best way to get people to love and protect cetaceans is by educating the public about these amazing animals.

The Orange County Chapter was formed in 1977 by Peter Bryant, Mike Hickey, Dave Beeninga, Dennis Kelly, Barbara Britten, Ganell Baker and others. We have members from all backgrounds, from scientists and educators to people who just love whales!

ACS-OC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and 100% volunteer.

Join us - become a member of the world’s first whale conservation organization, ACS has long been dedicated to bringing education, current research, and critical conservation issues to people who care for 50 years!


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