Volunteer Trainings 2016/2017

IMG_0312The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department along with our partners will coordinate three trainings for the winter of 2016-17.  Training sessions are designed to give volunteers general knowledge about gray whale anatomy, behavior, migration patterns and to become familiar with research taking place along our coast.

All trainings are from 9:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.

(Please arrive at least 1/2 hour early to get signed in and meet you fellow volunteers!)

Each of the sessions will be taught by local marine biology experts and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff.

These sessions fill up fast, be sure to sign up early!

2016-17 Training Dates & Locations:

(All Training are Currently Full)

 December 3rd, 2016

Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport Oregon (Training Full)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Bruce Mate, Researcher and Co-Founder of WWSH Program

To learn more about Dr. Mate, check out this link:http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/bruce-mate

January 14th, 2017

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston Oregon (Training Full)

Guest Speaker: Professor Carrie Newell, Researcher and Author

To learn more about Carrie, check out her website: http://oregonwhales.com/

February 11th, 2017

Warrenton Community Center, Warrenton Oregon (Training Full)

Guest Speaker: Jim Sumich,  Researcher and Author

To learn more about Jim, check out this link:  http://thegraywhalebook.com/about/

New Volunteers:

New volunteers must register to attend a training before you are able to sign up to volunteer for Whale Watch Weeks.

Trainings are intended for ages 14 and up.

No trainings are available at this time. Please check back next September for the schedule of 2017-2018 trainings.


Returning Volunteers:

You do not have to attend a training each year. It is recommended to attend a training every 3 to 4 years to stay current on the latest research and observations.

No trainings are available at this time. Please check back next September for the schedule of 2017-2018 trainings.

Free Camping:

Once you have received confirmation from our rangers, you will be eligible for free tent or RV camping at a nearby Oregon State Park the night before and after the training.

For more information or to set up your camping reservation call, 1-888-953-7677.

All Trainings will follow this general agenda:

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Arrival, check-in and get to know your fellow volunteers.

9:00 a.m.

Program Start: Introductions of presenters and goals of the WWSH training program.

9:30 a.m.

Introduction to gray whale biology and natural history.

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

  Gray whale biology and natural history, continued.

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own. A meeting room will be available for  those who wish to bring their lunch. (Please note: food and drinks are not allowed in the Hatfield auditorium.)

1:00 p.m.

Basic information on other whales and pinnipeds.

2:30 p.m


2:45 p.m.

Final notes from lecturer and any final questions from volunteers.

3:00 p.m.

How to be a successful WWSH volunteer. Strategies for locating whales and sharing what you have learned.

4:00 p.m

Answer any final questions and adjourn.