photo: © Kate Cummings, Blue Ocean Whale Watch



your membership connects you to a community of amazing people with a shared mission to protect cetaceans and their habitats

Being part of ACS puts you in good company – conservation practitioners, marine scientists, local chapter teams, and concerned citizens who take personal action, reach out to educate, and give you a clear path for information and involvement in the protection of cetaceans and their habitats. 

Member Benefits:

  • Spyhopper - Our quarterly newsletter will be delivered your email inbox with the latest news from the national organization and regional chapters.
  • Whalewatcher - You'll receive our internationally recognized journal, published twice annually.
  • Member discounts: Enjoy discounts on ACS whale watching trips, merchandise, registration for ACS conferences, symposiums and special events.
  • Access to ACS events: You'll have access to all ACS events at the national and chapter levels including the San Francisco Bay Chapter's monthly speaker series featuring some of the world’s most respected marine scientists, policy makers, and advocates.
  • Eligibility to register for the Certified Naturalist course: The ACS Certified Naturalist course offered by the San Francisco Bay Chapter is only open to ACS members (an additional registration fee applies).
  • Opportunities to Connect: Meet others in your area who care about whales, dolphins, and porpoises through monthly presentations and other Bay Area events. You’ll always learn something new and exciting, and you’ll meet a lot of enthusiastic cetacean-loving locals in your area. 
  • Latest Information and Alerts: ACS is your resource for cetacean information and current issues.
  • Representation at the International Whaling Commission: Your tax-deductible membership contribution enables us to send a representative to the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), where member nations convene to render critical decisions affecting the conservation of whales worldwide.  

There are several annual membership levels.  The most commonly selected options are:

  • Individual      $45
  • Family           $55
  • Senior (62+)  $35
  • Student         $35
  • Teacher         $35


Be sure to select the San Francisco Chapter when you join or renew your membership so you'll receive invitations to ACS Bay Area events!