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Family Activity Center

Learn about our struggling local orca population—and what you can do to help

This educational center is dedicated to expanding your knowledge about orcas, also known as killer whales. The majestic marine wildlife icons of the Pacific Northwest, our local orcas belong to a group called the Southern Resident Community.                                                 

The orcas of the Southern Resident Community have been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 2005. At our Family Activity Center, through a combination of hands-on activities, videos and more, you’ll learn what you can do to help protect these amazing creatures.

While you’re here, try our listening station and see if you can hear orcas calling to one another! As part of the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network, underwater microphones (called hydrophones) have been stationed around Puget Sound and on Washington State’s outer coast.

Before you go, pick up some of our orca trading cards – they’ll introduce you to the individual members of the Southern Resident Community and help you remember some of the important things you can do to help care for our region’s orca whales.

Try our listening station in the Family Activity Center. Underwater microphones, called hydrophones, have been stationed around the Puget Sound and on the outer coast of Washington state – they are constantly monitoring the underwater soundscape. These listening stations make up the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network.

Fun fact: You can listen for orcas in and near the Puget Sound from the comfort of your own home! Visit to plug into the Salish Sea Hydrophone Network.


Learn more about orcas in Puget Sound.

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