Chapters

ACS has eight chapters – Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco (CA), Puget Sound (WA), Oregon (based in Newport), and a national Student Coalition based out of Indiana University Bloomington.  We are working on adding chapters in New England, Central Florida, Channel Islands (CA), Galveston (TX) and possibly more!

Each chapter holds regular (usually monthly) meetings, featuring presentations by regional/national leaders in cetacean research, conservation, education, visual arts, and policy.  Meetings are free and everyone is welcome, encouraging the exchange of ideas, information, and thought-provoking discussion among members of the scientific, policy, art, and lay communities – a unique opportunity for those communities to meet and share ideas.

Chapters feature activities specific to local interests, such as whale and dolphin census studies, whale-watch naturalist programs, endangered species conservation, advocacy campaigns, and more!  Many chapters offer small grants-in-aid for cetacean-related research.

If you live in an area without an ACS chapter nearby and would like to consider starting a new chapter, it could be easier than you think – learn more here and then contact us!


Los Angeles Chapter

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Email:  la-info@acsonline.org

Participate in the longest-running gray whale census and behavior project in the world and in the ‘Whalewatch’ naturalist and lecturer training program, now in its 39th year, co-sponsored by ACS/LA and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.


Monterey Bay Chapter

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Email:  mb-info@acsonline.org

ACS-Monterey Bay promotes research and explores topics relating to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the world’s most biological and geologically diverse and complex seafloors and continental margins.  Witness the annual gray whale migration from one of the best locations on California’s Central Coast.


Orange County Chapter

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Email:  oc-info@acsonline.org

ACS-Orange County has monthly meetings (4th Thursday Jan-Oct, 1st Thursday in Dec) for members and friends – everyone is welcome!  Meetings are at 7:30 pm at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa.  The chapter has an active Naturalist program on boats out of Newport Beach and Dana Point, and it conducts a quarterly census of bottlenose dolphins along the Orange County coast.


Puget Sound Chapter

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Email:  ps-info@acsonline.org

ACS-Puget Sound maintains a focus on cetaceans and related issues in the Pacific Northwest, with a larger ecosystem approach in mind.  This is reflected in our monthly meetings, educational outreach, and student research and travel grants.  We are also a sponsor of the Vashon Hydrophone Project, the first calibrated hydrophone system in the Puget Sound that monitors the movements of our Southern Resident killer whale community.


San Diego Chapter

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Email:  sd-info@acsonline.org

ACS-San Diego meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Sumner Auditorium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Our speaker series features presentations by the best marine biologists in California and beyond.  We also partner with local whale watch operators to offer exciting trips – locally, to the stunning Coronado Islands, and even to Baja California, Mexico to the calving lagoons of eastern Pacific gray whales.  We hope to see you at a meeting or a trip soon!


San Francisco Chapter

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Email:  sf-info@acsonline.org

ACS-San Francisco offers a monthly speaker series with local marine mammal scientists and sponsors whale-watching trips.   It has recently been reinvigorated and is seeking new board members. We would like to provide outreach to schools and other educational venues. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Board.


Student Coalition Chapter

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Email:  sc-info@acsonline.org

Every student should consider joining a professional society—a society that represents its members and works for the good of their chosen profession.  One of the benefits of joining the ACS National Student Coalition is the ability to network and collaborate with your peers and professionals in different disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions to address the challenges that whales, dolphins, and porpoises face in today’s complex world.


Oregon Chapter

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ACS-Oregon has members from throughout the state. Our monthly speaker series meetings are held in Newport. Our focus includes education about the diversity of Oregon’s cetaceans and promotion of whale watching in Oregon.  We’re also starting up a Naturalist program, with our first class scheduled to graduate in Spring 2013.