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Orcas Wildlife Institute for Learning and Discovery (Orcas W.I.L.D.) opened in May 2015.

Our main objective in founding this center is to create an educational space where visitors and residents of the island can glean knowledge of our diverse ecosystem here in the San Juan Islands and surrounding areas. Orcas W.I.L.D. promotes awareness of programs and happenings relevant to our community via informational and interactive displays on topics such as the Southern Resident Orca population, intertidal species, natural history of the area and much more. We consider ourselves to be the intersection where science, education, and community outreach meet to promote a deeper understanding and subsequent conservation of our natural environment and its irreplaceable inhabitants.

Orcas Wildlife Institute for Learning and Discovery has collaborated with various local non profits to display information on a wide variety of topics. Our collaborations feature informative installments from the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory, the Center for Whale Research, and Orcas Island Elementary students to name a few. Our topics range from marine life to sea birds to environmental care and awareness. We love educating the public on these topics and are always open to input on issues that people would like to learn more about, so feel free to ask our naturalists for a detailed tour or to give them feedback on our center.

From Orcas WILD it is possible to book whale watching tours, fishing tours, kayaking tours, and even exclusive tours of National Monument sites. Inquire at the front desk about how to get outside and learn more about our amazing environment in a hands-on way!