If you’ve ever thought of becoming a Marine Scientist, dreamed of being at sea, or of spending beautiful summer evenings with great friends, you’ve got your summer plans!

Participation in our program makes you eligible for  Marine Science credits from Everett Community College and your completed research is a great way to meet the requirements for your Culminating Senior Project.

 

PHOTO BY 2014 STUDENT DALTON NORDQUIST

THE ORCA PROJECT - THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS   SUMMER 2017

SPEND TWO WEEKS CRUISING THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS IN SEARCH OF ORCAS!

Age: 15-18      Tuition:$1,450      Application Deadline: May 1st

Orca Project   June 25th  - July 8th

Credits: 2

Onboard:    Orion

Destination:  The San Juan Islands

Departs From: Seattle

Returns to: Seattle

Research:   Southern Resident Killer Whales

Shipmates: Other teenagers from Washington and all over the country

Sailing:  Advanced Keelboat Sailing

Activities: Snorkeling, Hiking, Swimming Rowing,

Will Write Home About:  Your epic sunset sail with the Orcas

Research Project Ideas:  Do Orcas change their behavior as ship traffic increases? Can Orca vocalizations predict their behavior?

The San Juan Islands are the summer home to three pods of Resident Orca Whales.  All three pods were listed as endangered in 2005. Since then a number of regulations have gone into effect to protect the whales. We will take a close look at the whales themselves, their environment and current regulations to form our own opinions about their place and ours in the Salish Sea.  Living aboard Orion, you’ll learn to sail and navigate her, as well as execute all shipboard operations, from standing watch to cooking for your shipmates.

 

As we use Orion to follow the whales around the San Juan Islands, we will learn what makes our resident Orcas so unique.  You will become a whale biologist as you do original research of YOUR choice, utilizing our shipboard laboratory to see up close what makes this place tick.   Along the way we will meet with different researchers and “stakeholders” who can provide insights into this ecologically and culturally dynamic environment.  Throughout the cruise there will be a discussion of the different environmental policies that affect the lives of the whales and at the end of the cruise you will be tasked with making your own policy recommendations based on the findings of your research.

 

This two-week trip starts and ends in Seattle, Washington. During the cruise we will explore some of our favorite anchorages in the San Juan Islands and along the Straits of Georgia. We will also make a few ports of call; due to weather, whales and tide it is hard to predict where these will be but Friday Harbor, Bellingham and Port Townsend are some of our favorites.

 

APPLY FOR THE ORCA PROJECT

WILD WHALES - SALISH SEA & JOHNSTONE STRAITS  SUMMER 2017

SAILING AND SNORKELING ADVENTURE IN THE WILDERNESS OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE

Ages 15-18      Tuition $1,950   Application Deadline:  May 15th

July 23rd- August 12th

Credits: 3

Onboard:    Orion

Destination:  Salish Sea and Johnstone Straits

Departs From: Seattle

Returns To:  Seattle

Research:   Cetaceans

Shipmates: Other teenagers from Washington and all over the country

Sailing:  Basic & Advanced Keelboat Sailing

Activities: Snorkeling, Hiking, Swimming,  Paddle Boarding

Will Write Home About:  Piloting Orion past a waterfall

Research Project Ideas:  Do Harbor Porpoise prefer a certain water depth when foraging?  Do Humpback Whales vocalize in the Salish Sea?

 

Orcas, Humpbacks and Minke Whales along with Dall’s Porpoise, Harbor Porpoise and Pacific White Sided Dolphins all call the Salish Sea home.  Wild Whales is a three-week voyage into the wilderness of British Columbia to study what it means to be a whale in the wild.  We will take an up-close look at these cetaceans and their environment.  Along the way we will be joined by researchers who are working in the wild and in captivity to learn more about cetacean ecology.

 

Cetaceans living in the Salish Sea face many challenges and are subject of a number of regulations from Canada and the US.  All on board will join in the conversation about the whales’ place in our environment as we learn what is or is not being done to protect them.

 

Experience life aboard a sailing ship from standing watch and cooking for your shipmates to trimming the main sheet and starry nights at anchor.  As we voyage north you will become a sailor as you learn the skills vital for sailing Orion our 1934 racing yacht. This part of the Salish Sea is home to some of the most scenic anchorages and sailing destinations in the world.  We will spend our days seeking out whales and wildlife sailing, hiking, snorkeling and taking full advantage of our time underway. You will become a whale biologist as you do original research of YOUR choice, utilizing our shipboard laboratory to see up close what makes this place tick.

 

  APPLY FOR WILD WHALES

Photo by 2014 student

Dalton Nordquist.

UNDERWAY

Although we take your education seriously on board we respect the fact that it is your summer vacation, hey it is our summer too.  We try and keep a laid back feel on board and never miss an opportunity to have fun.  What could be better than sailing a classic yacht through the Salish Sea with all your new friends?

There is truly no such thing as a typical day on a sailboat however we hope to give you a general idea of how we spend our time on board. Most days will include, morning muster to decide on a navigation and research plan for the day.  Each day we try and include two research stations, a seamanship or science lesson and an evening hike or game on board.    Interspersed throughout is plenty of down time to read, play music or hangout with your shipmates and of course every day will include three tasty meals.

 

 

 

To apply for a program please submit  an application to

Captain Kevin Campion  at info@deepgreenwilderness.com

or by mail

2400 NW 80th St. pmb 127

Seattle, WA 98117

 

Admission:

Qualified students are accepted into the program on a first-come first-served basis.  We encourage interested students to apply early; sometimes the programs will fill before we reach the application deadline.

 

Deep Green Wilderness is happy to provide full and partial scholarships to qualified students. To apply for a scholarship please fill out a scholarship application form in addition to the student application.

 

Download the applications here

Student Application

Scholarship Application and list of qualifications

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