Whales & Trails: A San Juan Island Adventure With Your Grandchild
Search for whales and explore the San Juan Islands with your grandchild, enjoying nature walks, discovering unique ecosystems and learning about orcas at a whale research outpost.
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Program No. 19929RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

On the adventure of a lifetime with your grandchild, explore the waterways and trails of the magnificent San Juan Islands afoot and afloat in search of orca whales in their natural environment. Revel in the scenery and wildlife, join a naturalist on a half-day whale cruise, and hike to island vistas that reveal intimate details of the local ecosystem.
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, seals, sea birds and sea lions.
  • Enjoy two easy to moderate hikes 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.
  • Learn about the orca whale’s social intelligence on a field trip to a whale research outpost station at a historic lighthouse.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13.
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Cindy Hansen
Cindy Hansen’s love for whales inspired her to pursue a degree in zoology and career as a naturalist. She served as the on-board naturalist for Mosquito Fleet Whale Watching for eight years, and since 2001, has spent the winters working as a naturalist and migrating with the gray whales to San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico. Cindy was the education curator for The Whale Museum and is currently the education, outreach and events coordinator for Orca Network.
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