New 2018 Naturalist Training Class Program!

Love whales? Want an interesting and fun Volunteer opportunity?

Become a SF Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist!

Our March 1, 2018 Naturalist Training class is now taking signups. Our classes fill very quickly so be sure to sign up right away!

For further information and to sign up please email Lynette R. Koftinow:  

SF Bay ACS Chapter 2018 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 on 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.

Through these efforts, SF Bay ACS Chapter 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.

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 Chapter’s capacity to provide services to the community.

Our first class will begin Thursday March 1st! This will be a 6 week course 6:00-9:00 pm. Thursdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5

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

Link to map:,-122.459192,15z?hl=en

American Cetacean Society – San Francisco Bay Chapter protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.

Chapter activities include a monthly presentation series by noted marine biologists and ocean specialists, educational outreach tabling at science festivals, classes in bay area schools, 10 week ocean/cetacean curriculum class in bay area Citizen Schools, gives yearly student travel and research grants, and whale watching trips.

2015 Naturalist Training Class                                                    2014 Naturalist Training Class

2015 spring naturalist class

2014 fall naturalist class







2016 Naturalist Training Class

                                                                                                 2018 Naturalist Training Class

A group picture of our graduating 2017 Naturalist Training Class was not taken but we had a full graduation class!





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

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

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