This is a great chance to learn more about whales and dolphins!  Once you’re certified, you can represent ACS-OC on board whale-watching vessels, at schools and at other venues.

Some of our Naturalists have science backgrounds, but most do not. To be certified, you'll need a sincere interest in the subject, an aptitude for learning, good interpersonal/communication skills, and a willingness to devote time to learning more about these beautiful animals and how to teach people about them.

Naturalist candidates are expected to attend at least 10 sessions, make short presentations in front of the group on all species studied, and pass a 2-page written quiz. Information covered includes but is not limited to, cetaceans, pinnipeds, local history, conservation, and Naturalist etiquette! ​


​Our next Naturalist class will be offered in the Fall of 2022. Please email us with your interest:


love whales?  become an acs-oc certified NATURALIST!

The Fall 2021 graduating class!

The Summer 2017 class with their diplomas!

The Spring 2018 graduating class!

The Spring 2019 graduating class!

ACS-OC Naturalist Steve O'Toole (right) explains some finer points aboard a boat out of Dana Point.

The Fall 2019 graduating class!

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ACS-OC Naturalist Hannah Rich (right), talks about echolocation with a young passenger, aboard a boat out of Newport Beach.