About ACS-LA

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The American Cetacean Society has been dedicated to protecting whales since 1967.

ACS, a nonprofit organization, protects cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and their habitats through public education, research grants and conservation activitiies.

The Los Angeles Chapter has lectures September through May, excluding December. The LA Chapter has several ongoing projects which include the Gray Whale Cenus and Behavior Project and the Cabrillo Whalewatch Naturalist training program.

The Gray Whale Census and Behavior program began in 1979 and operates between December 1st and May 15th each year documenting the Pacific Gray Whale migration as they pass the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This is an ideal way to get involved as a citizen scientist.

The ACS-LA Chapter also works closely with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and trains docents to accompany whale watch trips to educate the public about the whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that live off our coast. We begin training each year on the first Tuesday of October 7:00-9:00 pm at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. We welcome all Angelenos over 18 years old to our 6-month program as well as the many dedicated whale enthusiasts who join us over and over again each season. Some of our volunteer Naturalists have been with the annual program for over 40 years.

The ACS-LA Chapter is funded entirely through donations and via various fundraisers that include full-day whale watching trips. To stay up-to-date on all upcoming activities and action alerts on issues associated with whales and dolphins, please sign up for the free ACS-LA email newsletter or keep up with our Facebook page.

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Los Angeles Chapter Board Members
  • Bernardo Alps, President
  • Louisa Beck, Vice President & Secretary
  • Diane Alps
  • M’Liz Callender, Treasurer
  • Cathy Hachigian
  • Kristen Kahl-Reno
  • Tamara Mason
  • Sherrie Rohde
  • Alisa Schulman-Janiger
  • Christina Tombach Wright
Monthly Lecture Series

The talk is free and open to the public, held at 7:30 PM the last Tuesday of the month from September through May each year in the John M Olguin Auditorium at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Citizen Science
Gray Whale Census

This gray whale census has operated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since 1984. Trained volunteers spot and track Pacific gray whales on their annual migration, recording counts and behaviors.

Be a Naturalist
Whalewatch Training

Along with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, ACS-LA trains docents to accompany whalewatch trips to educate the public about the whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that live off our coast.


Donations help fund research and student travel grants.