Wildlifers: A Special Day on the Salish Sea

About the Trip


Join us for a day of classic yachting and wildlife viewing onboard the historic yawl Orion! Designed by Sparkman and Stephens in 1934, Orion is the quintessential way to experience the Salish Sea. Step up to the helm, help hoist the sails, or relax and keep an eye out for some of the wildlife you are helping us to protect.

This is a free first-come, first-served event with a limit of 20 participants per trip, so we must limit a household reservation to 2 people for one sail for this highly anticipated event.

We are fortunate to be directed in our experience by two brilliant experts:

Captain Kevin Campion, Founder of Deep Green Wilderness, has crossed two oceans and sailed four of seven seas, while sharing his fervent passion for ecology and marine conservation. An accomplished filmmaker, guitarist, rescue diver and member of SeaDoc’s Board of Directors, he’s simply one of the finest people we know. (April 28th and June 8th)

Dr. Joe Gaydos, Science Director of The SeaDoc Society, needs no introduction as the heart and soul of SeaDoc since its inception nearly two decades ago. His intelligence, humor, enthusiasm and storytelling ability regarding all things Salish Sea are always at their best when on the water with friends. (April 28th)


Sunday April 28th, 10:00am – 2:00pm departing from Cap Sante Marina
1019 Q Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
Public parking is available.
Orion’s crew and Team SeaDoc will meet passengers at the base of the orca fin statue.

Saturday June 8th (World Ocean Day), 10:00am – 2:00pm departing from Shilshole Marina
7001 Seaview Ave NW #100, Seattle, WA 98117
Street and public parking is available. Orion’s crew and Team SeaDoc will meet passengers at the base of the Viking statue at 10:00am. You can help celebrate Orion’s 85th birthday of her June 8th launching!

This event is free and a small Thank You! for your vital support and partnership as a SeaDoc Wildlifer. Dress for wind and hopefully no rain, with gloves, hats, and a warm coat recommended. Binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras with telephoto lenses might enhance your experience and please bring water and a lunch. We'll provide driving directions and answer any additional questions you may have when you RSVP.

For questions, please contact Erika Nilson at (360) 376-3910 or enilson@ucdavcis.edu. Expect to spend four hours with the group.  It should be a special day with incredible wildlife in the company of people who care deeply about the Salish Sea.