Whales & Trails: A San Juan Island Adventure With Your Grandchild

On this “whale” of an adventure, explore the waterways and trails of the San Juan Islands afoot and afloat in search of orca whales, and learn all about these intelligent animals!
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 19929RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,799 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD

At a Glance

Does your grandchild love whales? On this “whale” of an adventure on Washington’s San Juan Islands, search for orca whales in their natural habitat, and visit an orca research station in a historic lighthouse. Meet whale experts to find out how orcas communicate and what’s being done protect them, and “adopt” a whale so you can follow its journey across the ocean. Explore the waterways and trails of the magnificent San Juan Islands afoot and afloat in search of these beautiful and intelligent animals. And hike to island vistas with an expert naturalist to learn about other wildlife and flora and fauna on the islands!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over gently rolling terrain; some stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • During a three-hour boat expedition, search for orca whales, porpoises, harbor seals, sea birds and sea lions.
  • Learn about the orcas’ social intelligence on a field trip to a whale research outpost station, and choose a whale to “adopt” as you learn about its history and follow its future.
  • Hike through spectacular San Juan Island National Park to spot wildflowers, butterflies, Bald Eagles and prairie grasses, and learn why the Americans and British quarreled over a perished pig.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13.
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Cindy Hansen
Cindy received her bachelor's degree in zoology with a focus on marine mammals from the University of Washington. She was the onboard naturalist for Mosquito Fleet Whale Watching for eight years, worked as the education curator for The Whale Museum from 2007 to 2016, and is currently the education and events coordinator for Orca Network. Since 2001, she has spent the winters migrating with the gray whales to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico and working as a naturalist and group leader for Baja Discovery.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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