Orca Summer

A Killer Experience on the Mendocino Coast

In 2015, an adult male Orca washed ashore on the Mendocino Coast tangled in crab pot line. He was identified as an Alaskan transient. The Noyo Center for Marine Science, in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, collected and prepared the bones.

Now, three master articulators will lead us through the exciting process of articulating the skeleton in a way that reflects this magnificent mammal’s power and beauty. Throughout the workshop, as we build the whale, we will dive deep into killer whale anatomy, habitats and communities, ecosystems and food chains, human interactions and conservation strategies.

We want you to fall in love with the Noyo Center and our stretch of the Mendocino Coast, so we will also offer a range of additional activities, including whale watching trips, kayak adventures, nature photography classes, scientific illustration instruction, scientific lectures and more. It will be a true Orca summer.


At the Noyo Center we believe in experiencing science and are excited to offer this incredibly unique learning opportunity. Whether scientist or carpenter, retired grandma or inspired student, all will be considered through our application process. Just tell us a little bit about yourself. We will ask about your skills, but nothing is required. If you have a skill to share or a story to tell, please let us know. Students over 15 are considered with parental consent, and a limited number of scholarships are available. We will book only 12 slots per day. (No longer accepting registrations – we are full)


 July 17th – August 12th, 2017        Mondays – Saturdays     Free: Open to Public 1-5 Daily


Old Rec. Gym behind City Hall, Corner of Franklin & Laurel Street


Michi Main
Mike de Roos

MIKE DE ROOS & MICHI MAIN: Cetacea, Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada

As the dynamic team behind the remarkable lunge-feeding blue whale skeleton at University of British Columbia, Mike and Michi have elevated the science of marine skeleton articulation to an art form. Each project features an elegant pose and captivates the imagination of the visitor. Check out their Killer Whale at UBC.

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Lee Post

LEE POST: Homer, Alaska

Better known as the “Boneman,” Lee literally wrote the book on marine mammal skeleton articulation when none existed! Having worked with large museums as well as small marine centers, Lee never fails to deliver a great experience. Check out his team building a Killer Whale in front of the public at the California Academy of Sciences, or raising HOPE in Port Townsend, WA. We will be using Lee’s manual at the workshop.

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Natalie Henderson (Administrative Assistant): [email protected]; (707) 733-6696

Sheila Semans (Executive Director): [email protected]


Whether camping, staying in a hotel/motel/inn, or finding an Airbnb, securing lodging will be up to you.

Things tend to book up quickly in summer, so don’t delay!


A special thanks to our local businesses that have helped make this event possible.