New Naturalist Program!

 Love whales? Want an interesting and fun volunteer opportunity?

Become a SF Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist!

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Our March 2, 2017 Naturalist class is now taking signups. Our classes fill very quickly so be sure to sign up right away!

To sign up for please email Lynette R. Koftinow: acs.sfbay@gmail.com  

SF Bay ACS Chapter 2016 Naturalist Training Program. Once trained, our naturalists will help other community members observe and interpret our local marine habitat. Naturalists will be able to represent SF Bay ACS in tours (both on land and water), in classroom visits, at festival exhibits, and at other events in the Bay Area.

Our naturalist program will give the community more opportunities to interact meaningfully with our local marine environment. It will help deepen our collective understanding of cetaceans. The program will strengthen our ability to include each other in creative conversation.

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The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society (SF Bay ACS) protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.

Regular activities include a monthly speaker series, presentations at science festivals, classes in bay area schools, 10 week ocean/cetacean curriculum classes in bay area Citizen Schools, Harbor Porpoise Research with San Francisco State University and Golden Gate Cetacean Research, student research scholarships, and whale watching trips.

Through these efforts, SF Bay ACS gives the public access to local marine wildlife and to the people who work to understand and protect cetaceans. The result is community connections that enrich the lives of everyone involved.

SF Bay ACS’s exciting next step is to launch a Naturalist Program. Once trained, our naturalists will help other community members observe and interpret our local marine habitat. Naturalists will be able to represent SF Bay ACS in tours (both on land and water), in classroom visits, at festival exhibits, and at other events in the Bay Area.

Our naturalist program will give the community more opportunities to interact meaningfully with our local marine environment. It will help deepen our collective understanding of cetaceans. The program will strengthen our ability to include each other in creative conversation.

The SF Bay ACS Naturalist Program will:

  • Give the typical student, working professional, retiree, or otherwise available person a chance to explore interpreting the natural world as a hobby, avocation, or vocation;
  • Increase education resources for teachers;
  • Increase education opportunities for classroom students;
  • Enrich the experiences of visitors to our local nature areas;
  • Create awareness and effect change in the community with respect to the needs of cetaceans and the effects of human actions upon them;
  • Bring the general population further into the dialog;
  • Support a learning culture with a conservation focus; and
  • Increase SF Bay ACS’s capacity to provide services to the community.

This spring’s Naturalist Training Class students, like last fall’s class, ranged in backgrounds from rangers, docents in various organizations, tour operator,  to those wanting to enrich their knowledge of cetaceans and their habitat.Congratulations to our Naturalist Class Graduates!

Both classes were very interactive and stimulating. We look forward to field trips together, watching their development in the field, and having them working with us. Seven Students from our spring class were unable to attend the last class so they are not included in this picture, but acknowledged for their graduation.

Our first class will begin Thursday March 2nd! This will be a 6 week course 6:00-9:00 pm. Thursdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6

Location: Sports Basement: Presidio: 610 Old Mason St., San Francisco

Link to map:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/Sports+Basement+Presidio/@37.802867,-122.459192,15z?hl=en

 

2015 Naturalist Training Class                                                    2014 Naturalist Training Class

2015 spring naturalist class

2014 fall naturalist class

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Huge Thank You goes out to some of our 2014 Indiegogo Campaign Donors whose Generous Donations receive Name Recognition on our Website.

Thank you for all your Support and Generous Donations during our Indiegogo Campaign. You have helped make our Naturalist class a Reality!

Dave Bones Nic Borg Heather Willis Gail Hurley
Marta Lindsey Susan Mangels Diane Straus Sharon Trahan
Jill Whitebook Natasha Yankoffski