Join the Noyo Center’s month-long Orca Articulation Workshop, and help us re-assemble a 26-ft Orca skeleton, bone by bone. Mixing art, science and engineering, everyone involved will get a rare and intimate look into the life of a killer whale.

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. You don’t need a particular expertise to join our team, just an inquisitive mind, a love of bones, a penchant for puzzles, and a collaborative spirit.

Still not sure? We have more! 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.


July 17th – August 12th, 2017        Mondays – Saturdays      9:00am -5:00pm


Old Rec Gym in Fort Bragg


$50-$200 dollars a day, sliding scale. Please contribute what you can.

Noyo Center Sustaining Members get 3 days free.

A limited number of student scholarships are available, local students get preference.

Fees cover the cost of the workshop. A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required. Spaces are limited.

Find out more on the Noyo Center website.