Local Events

For 11 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! Join us in and around the region for a variety of events!

Washington

*Featured Event* Sunday, June 4th – Orca Month Kick-Off and Tribute to Granny J2
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Golden Gardens Bathhouse, Seattle
RSVP on Facebook – Free – hosted by the Orca Salmon Alliance

Throughout June – Naturalists On The Ferries
Find naturalists aboard many Washington State Ferries to learn more about Southern Resident orcas and the Salish Sea
Hosted by Washington State Ferries and Orca Network

Thursday, June 1st – Green Drinks
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Harmon Brewery, Tacoma
Free – hosted by Washington Environmental Council
RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, June 1st – “The Unknown Sea” Film Screening
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Environmental Science Center, Burien
REGISTER FOR FREE HERE  Share on Facebook – hosted by Deep Green Wilderness, Washington Environmental Council, Defenders of Wildlife, SR3, and Environmental Science Center

Saturday, June 3rd – Whales In Your Neighborhood
12:00 to 2:00 pm 
Naturalists in parks around the Salish Sea
RSVP on Facebook – Free – hosted by Orca Network, Whale Scout and The Whale Trail

Saturday, June 3rd – The Day of the Orca
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend
2 for 1 Admission at PTMSC, Free at Fort Worden State Park (Discover Pass required) – hosted by Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and Puget Sound Express

Saturday, June 3rd – Sustainamania 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Bothell Operations Center – 21233 20th Avenue SE, Bothell
RSVP on Facebook – Free – hosted by Orca Conservancy

Friday, June 9th – NOAA Open House
12:00 to 6:30 pm (2:30-3:30 Screening of “Saving Springer: Orca Orphan” film and panel discussion)  
NOAA Campus – 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Find out more here! – Free – hosted by NOAA

Saturday, June 10th – Orcas In Our Midst Workshop
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Langley, WA
Get Your Tickets Here!  Share on Facebook – $25 students/seniors and $35 regular admission – hosted by Orca Network and Langley Whale Center

Saturday, June 10th – Hour For The Ocean: Beach Clean Up
10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
At beaches around the Salish Sea or join Team Whale Scout at Alki Beach Bathhouse
Find out more here! Share on Facebook – Free – hosted by Seattle Aquarium, Puget Soundkeeper, and Whale Scout

Tuesday, June 13th – Orcas Love Raingardens
4:00 to 5:00 pm
The Pagoda at Point Defiance, Tacoma
Free – hosted by Washington Environmental Council and Defenders of Wildlife

Thursday, June 22nd – Project ECHO
7:00 pm 
Dakota Place Park Building, West Seattle
Free – hosted by The Whale Trail

Saturday, June 24th – Orca Sing
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Lime Kilm State Park, San Juan Island
Free – Public is encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, and blankets – hosted by Orca Network, Friends of the San Juans, Whale Museum, FOLKS, and LKSP

Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th – Orca Awareness Weekend
Seattle Aquarium
Free – Hosted by Seattle Aquarium

Saturday, June 24th – Summer Kick-Off and Beach Party
11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Low Tide Walk begins at 9:30am)
Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend
2 for 1 Admission at PTMSC, Free at Fort Worden State Park (Discover Pass required) – hosted by Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and Puget Sound Express

Sunday, June 25th – Two If By Land, One If By Sea: Oil Transport Threatens The Salish Sea – Outdoor Family Event
12:00 to 3:00 pm 
Boulevard Park, Bellingham
Free – hosted by RE Sources, Washington Environmental Council, BayKeeper, Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and Friends of the San Juans

Wednesday, June 28th – Our Toxic Orcas
Reception, 6:00-7:00 pm, Program 7:00 to 8:30 pm
YMCA Tacoma
Get Your Tickets Here! – $5 admission – hosted by Washington Environmental Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and Toxic Free WA

British Columbia

Sunday, May 28th – Orca Month Proclamation
City of Victoria Council Chambers

Sunday June 4th – Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films
3:00 to 10:00 pm
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver
Get Your Tickets Here! – Share on Facebook – hosted by Georgia Strait Alliance

Saturday, June 10th – Orca Hat Craft
Victoria Central Library

Wednesday, June 14th – Marine Evening
7:00 pm
Churchmouse Coffeehouse, St. Mary’s Church, Victoria
Free – hosted by Orca Month BC

Saturday, June 17th – Orca Celebration and Action Day 
1:30 to 4:00 pm
1525 Begbie St., Victoria
Free – hosted by Orca Month BC

Saturday, June 17th – Fernfest
Fernwood Square

Tuesday, June 20th – Retire Lolita demonstration
Downtown Victoria

Month of June – Book Display
Victoria Central Library

Oregon

Wednesday, June 14th – Pub Talk
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Lucky Lab Pub, Portland
Free – hosted by Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Defenders of Wildlife

Saturday, June 17th – Orca Awareness Month
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport
Free (HMSC admission is by donation) – hosted by American Cetacean Society

Saturday, June 24th – World Oceans Day
Throughout the day
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport
Aquarium Admission – hosted by Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Defenders of Wildlife

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 BeWhaleWise.org 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!