For 13 years, June has been proclaimed Orca Awareness Month by the Governor of Washington — and for the first time in 2016 Orca Awareness Month was celebrated in Oregon and in British Columbia as well! 

Are you a community group, a science center, a nonprofit organization, or state agency hosting an event around orcas during June? Email to add your event to the calendar.

Washington Events

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Orca Action Month Kickoff Festival

Hungry for Change
June 2
1PM – 5PM

PACCAR Pavilion in the Olympic Sculpture Park
Join the Orca Salmon Alliance at the Orca Action Month Kick Off Festival to officially start Orca Action Month with a free, family-friendly festival!

DJ sets by Pezzner, KEXP DJ Michele Myers (KEXP) and DJ Baloogz
Live performances by Dana Lyons, Rise for the Orca Tour
Mike the Inflatable Orca – take a photo with Mike!
Orca Sound Station – create sounds of the sea!
Orca Selfie Station
Orca Storytelling
Orca Chats with Simone Del Rosario of Q13 and Dr. Deborah Giles of Wild Orca
Welcome and blessing by Duwamish Tribal Council Chairwoman Cecile Hansen
Beer Garden
Orca Action Month Poster Contest
Button Making Station
Kids Storytime
Whale of a Time Pun Off
Whale Origami Station
Clam Chowder provided by Ivars
Ice cream provided by Snoqualmie Ice cream
Orca Salmon Alliance Stations – stop by each booth for educational resources and fun activities!

RSVP on Facebook for a chance to win a swag bag of orca goodies!

Orca Action Month Poster Contest
Contest open June 1 – June 30
Enter on

Helpin’ Out Orcas in Bothell’s Urban Forest
Restore salmon habitat for orcas at Bothell’s largest urban forest!
June 1, 10am – 1pm
North Creek Forest, Bothell

Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tours
Go kayaking in Elliott Bay and learn about orcas while on the water!
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10AM – 1PM
Alki Kayak Tours, West Seattle

Dammed to Extinction Film Screenings
A story orca scientists, local citizens, tribal members, and others who have been working to protect orca by restoring the salmon they depend on and the dams that have contributed to the demise of both of these iconic species.
June 7, 5:30 – 8:00PM
The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
June 11, 6 – 8PM
Vashon Theater, 17723 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070
June 14, 6 – 8PM
Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, 10511 Peacock Hill Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
June 20, 7 – 9PM
Backcountry Essentials, 214 W Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Boater Education 
June 8, 11AM
Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island

Human Orca Mural
Join us to create a human orca mural in solidarity for orcas and salmon! Wear black and/or bring a black umbrella.
June 8, 2PM
Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island

Ocean Fest Tacoma
Celebrate the ocean and learn how to protect it through arts, science and water fun in a free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront.
June 9, 10AM – 5PM
Foss Waterway Seaport

Whales in Your Neighborhood
June 9
Multiple Locations, OR and WA

Meet with local experts at various WA and OR beaches to also help whales by participating in a beach cleanup.

Clean Streams & Green Drinks Soiree
What do our wild salmon, orca, and sustainable food systems have in common? Join us at Green Drinks to find out!
June 11, 5:30 – 8:30PM
Mt. Baker Rowing & Sailing Center, Seattle

Transit Trivia Night 
in partnership with Ride Transit Month
Learn about the benefits of riding transit and how you help orcas when you ride the bus! 
June 12, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Gamma Ray Games, Seattle

Salish Splash
Plunge into the Salish Sea to celebrate the historic progress made on orca recovery this legislative session! 
June 13, 11AM – 1PM
Seattle & Multiple Locations

Lummi Totem Pole Journey
June 14
Penn Cove, Whidbey Island
June 15

Port Townsend Orca & Salmon Festival
Summer Kick Off and Beach Party! Celebrating the iconic species of the Salish Sea: Orca & Salmon.
June 15, 11AM – 5PM
Port Townsend

Orca Celebration & Whale Trail Sign Dedication
Join us at a new Whale Trail sign dedication to promote shore based whale watching.
June 21, 1 – 3PM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline

Seattle Aquarium Orca Awareness Celebration
June 22-23, 9:30AM – 5PM
Seattle Aquarium

Orca Sing
June 22, 7PM
Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island

Raffi Concert
June 22, 1PM & 4PM

Kids for Orcas
June 28
Washington State Ferries

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse 100th Anniversary
June 30
Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island

Beach Orca Art Project
Through June

Oregon Events

Orca Awareness Day
May 26, 10AM – 4PM
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR

Tap Talks: Orcas of Oregon
June 4, 7 – 9PM
Block 15 Tap Room, Corvallis, OR

Rebuilding Rivers for Orcas
June 7, 10AM – 3:30PM
Long Prairie Creek, OR

World Oceans Day – Hour for the Ocean Beach Clean
June 9, 10AM – noon
Newport, OR – location TBD

Whales in Your Neighborhood
June 9
Multiple Locations, OR and WA

Meet with local experts at various WA and OR beaches to also help whales by participating in a beach cleanup.

Lummi Totem Pole Journey
June 11, 6 – 7:30 PM
Ecotrust Building, Portland, OR

Beaver Creek Nursery Plant Work Party
June 14
Beaver Creek

Pub Talk: Mysteries of Salmon in Marine Environments
June 19, 6 – 8:30PM
Lucky Lab Pub, Portland, OR

Yaquina Bay Naturalist Seminar
June 20
Newport, OR

Free Willy Movie Screening
June 22, 3PM
Whiteside Theatre, Corvallis, OR

Oregon Coast Aquarium World Oceans Day
June 29th, 10AM-4PM
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR

British Columbia Events

Leading Roles: Parallels Between Female Southern Resident Killer Whales and Women Leaders
June 4, 7:30 PM
Sunset Labs, Victoria, BC

Orca Songs Celebration and Commemoration
June 22, 2PM
Port Browning Harbour, Pender Island, BC

Orca Spotting around the Salish Sea

Throughout the year, especially on warm summer days, you might spot a pod of Southern Resident orcas. If you happen to be boating, please follow the regulations and guidelines, and stay at least 200 yards from the orcas. Visit Orca Network’s Sighting Page to find recent sightings or post your report and share photos!


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