Whale Festival


March is such an active month on the Mendocino Coast! We are joining the many other organizations filling local events calendars with all things whale, wine, and more. Check out the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce for complete details, and read on to learn about all the Noyo Center events.


Curious to learn more about whales? Click each name for full profiles.

Orcas/Killer Whales * Blue Whales * Humpback Whales * Gray Whales


Schedule at-a-glance

Click event title for more info. Locations vary:

Discovery Center— 338 N. Main St., Fort Bragg

Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center— on the Noyo Headlands Coastal Trail

Friday, March 6th

5 – 7 pm. First Friday Reception at the Discovery Center.

7 am – 8:30 pm. Science Talk with Tanya Smart- “Gray Whales” at the Discovery Center.

Saturday, March 7th

10 am. Monthly Beach Clean-up at Noyo Harbor Dog Beach.

Monday, March 9th

3:30 pm. New Volunteer Orientation & Info Session at the Discovery Center.

Thursday, March 12th

5 pm. Spring Forward — A Celebration of Whale Migration at the Heritage House Resort & Spa. $150 per person. Purchase Tickets.

Saturday, March 14th

Orca and young off the Mendocino Coast, May 2019. Photo by Jeff Jacobsen, Noyo Center Science Advisor

6:30 pm. Science Talk with Jeff Jacobson- “The Behavioral Biology of Killer Whales — What we’ve learned in 50 years” at the Discovery Center.

Friday, March 20th

5 pm – 8 pm. Marine Science & Art Fair Opening. Discovery Center.

Saturday, March 21st

10 am – 5 pm. Marine Science & Art Fair. Discovery Center.

11 am – 5 pm. Blue Whale Bone Week Kick-off! At the Crow’s Nest.

6:30 pm. Science Talk with Jeff Jacobsen- “Ocean Acoustics & The Role of Sound in Cetacean Societies” at the Discovery Center.

Sunday, March 22nd

11 am – 5 pm. Blue Whale Bone Viewing at Crow’s Nest.

Monday March 23rd – Friday March 27th

3 pm – 5 pm. Blue Whale Bone Viewing at Crow’s Nest.

Saturday March 28th

3 pm – 5 pm. Final Day of Blue Whale Bone Viewing at Crow’s Nest.