The Whale Trail
- Community Organizations
The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to recover the southern resident orcas (J, K and L pods) from the threat of extinction.
From 16 inaugural sites in Washington state there are now more than 100, spanning the west coast from California to British Columbia.
Through our sites and signs, including four in West Seattle and two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 100 million people each year.
The Whale Trail produces public outreach and education programs such as Orca Talks, Orca Tours and Welcome the Orcas. When whales are near, our volunteer naturalists help people watch watch them from shore. We also participate in community events like West Seattle Summerfest.
Founded in 2008, the Whale Trail a nonprofit organization headquartered in West Seattle, and led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, WDFW, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom, a longtime West Seattle resident, is the Founder and Executive Director. Many members of the team first met on the successful effort to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod.
- Four sites in West Seattle and more than 100 sites along the west coast.
- Reach more than 30 million people in Washington and 100 million people coast wide.
- A nonprofit organization funded by grants, individual and corporate donations, and corporate sponsorships
- Partner with us to sponsor a program, a presentation or a sign. We are making a difference!
- Founded in success - the rescue and return of Springer the orphaned orca to her pod.