In search of Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteers (2013)


We’re looking for whale lovers to volunteer for our Whale Watching Spoken Here program. Become a trained volunteer at one of the 24 whale watching sites along Oregon’s coast during winter and spring watch weeks, when gray whales migrate along the Pacific coast on their way to and from Alaska.  The Whale Watching Weeks are set for Dec. 26-31, 2013 and March 22-29, 2014.

Renowned whale expert Dr. Bruce Mate is the speaker for the first training Nov. 30, 2013, at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Dr. Mate is the director of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. Volunteers who complete the one-day training can select a whale watching site where you’ll be stationed to help visitors spot gray whales and keep up a count of whales spotted.

Additional training sessions are scheduled Jan. 11, 2014, at the Harris Beach State Park meeting hall in Brookings and Feb. 8, 2014, at the Nehalem Bay State Park meeting hall in Nehalem.

Interested? Visit www.whalespoken.org and click on the “Training dates, agendas & registration form” link. The form can be submitted electronically, faxed to (541) 765-3402, or mailed to WWSH, Beverly Beach State Park, 198 NE 123rd St., Newport, OR 97365.

Whale Watching Spoken Here has been around since 1978 and is one of the most organized onshore whale watching programs in the United States.  For more information, visit www.whalespoken.org or call (541) 765-3304.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay is a great spot -- warm and dry -- to spot gray whales.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay is a great spot — warm and dry — to spot gray whales.

Posted on October 15, 2013, in state parks. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. This sounds like such an amazing opportunity! I’ve been to the Oregon coast twice but have never been lucky enough to spot a whale.

  2. Mark in Sumpter

    ah….whale watching and volunteering…what a great combination! 🙂

  3. Is it possible to get less expensive places to stay as a volunteer? I no longer have an RV and am too old for a tent ( 🙂 , so, housing becomes important. I am a retired teacher and would really enjoy learning and teaching this!
    Can you reply?

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