Whale Festival 2022

Although we’re still navigating some of the restrictions due to the pandemic, you’re invited to join Noyo Center celebrating whales and our beautiful Mendocino Coast for our Whale Festival activities. Most of these events are outside to allow for the safest experience possible.
Masks are required when visiting the Discovery Center and Crow’s Nest.

Blue Whale Bones on Display!

March 12-20. Noyo Center’s 73′ blue whale bones will be on display near the Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center. For hours and more information visit BLUE WHALE EXHIBIT.

Scavenger Hunt

March 12-20. This event will get us outside to learn more about the magnificent Mendocino coast, gray whales, migration, citizen science, and all we do at the Noyo Center for Marine Science. You have up to 9 days to complete the hunt. Gather you family and friends as a team or go it alone but get out and explore! More information HERE.
Spanish language version available.

Gray Whale Research

Saturday, March 12, 10 am – 4 pm. Noyo Center welcomes our colleagues from the
Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study to the deck of the Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center
as they continue their research on migrating gray whales (weather permitting).
Stop by when walking the Fort Bragg South Coastal Trail to chat with a naturalist.

Guess the Weight of Whale Bones

March 12-20. Visit the Discovery Center in Fort Bragg and try your luck guessing the weight of a gray whale skull, and visit the blue whale bones display near the Crow’s Nest and try guessing the weight of a blue whale whale scapula.
The winners receives a great cash prize! More info HERE.

Whale Watching Trip to Sea – SOLD OUT

March 24, 10am. Join a Noyo Center expert and Telstar Charters on a Whale Watching trip to sea from Noyo Harbor. Registration is limited to 22 people. $30 for adults and $20 for students. Student registrations receive priority. To register, contact Sarah Grimes at [email protected].

Guided Whale Walks

Join one of our docents for a walk along the Noyo Headlands trail to the Crow’s Nest, watch for migrating whales, and learn about the gray whale migration.
Visit our WEBSITE for times and more information.

Noyo Center Talks Science: Gray Whale Experts

March 16, 6:30 PM on Zoom. Noyo Center Science Advisor Jeff Jacobsen leads a panel of experts discussing Gray Whales. Learn more and register HERE.

Marine Science Exhibits and the Ocean Immersion Dome

The Discovery Center is filled with interesting exhibits, including the Ocean Immersion Dome, which has lots of amazing new videos and a touchless interface that allows you to choose your viewing experience. We’re even livestreaming a hydrophone in Monterey Bay with a spectrogram! Visit the Discovery Center, Thursday – Monday, 11AM – 5 PM, 338 N. Main St.

The beautiful whale painting featured on this page is the work of Mishelle Tourtillot.
Our Whale Festival 2022 tee-shirt also features another one of Mishelle’s colorful paintings and is available for sale at the Discovery Center store, along with limited edition cards and prints.
Visit us at 338 N. Main Street in Fort Bragg and shop online at noyocenter.org.