American Cetacean Society Membership

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Being part of the American Cetacean Society (ACS) puts you in good company – conservation practitioners, marine scientists, local chapter teams, and concerned citizens who take personal action, reach out to educate and give you a clear path for information and involvement in the protection of cetaceans and their habitats. Your membership contribution and any additional support you designate go a long way to help ACS fulfill its mission. As the world’s first whale conservation organization, ACS has long been dedicated to bringing education, current research, and critical conservation issues to people who care for almost 50 years!

Whatever brings you to ACS, we believe that you will enjoy unique benefits as part of a vibrant and growing organization. ACS actively gathers and distributes current information through social networking sources, through action alerts to our members, and through our web site. Members receive our quarterly Spyhopper newsletter, and internationally recognized Whalewatcher journal. Member contributions and donations enable us to send a representative to the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), where member nations convene to render critical decisions affecting the conservation of whales worldwide. Additionally, we offer special whale watching trips and discounted pricing on whale watch cruises to bring you close to whales in an exciting and memorable experience-of-a-lifetime!

As a member, you will be informed of and involved in our advocacy and action campaigns. ACS chapters offer numerous opportunities for local and regionally-relevant conservation and education programs, including presentations by some of the world’s most respected marine scientists, policy makers, and advocates. We also have a new, energetic student coalition comprised of college students throughout the nation!

Membership Levels

Student, Teacher, Active, Senior, Family, International, Supporting, Contributing, Patron, Lifetime | Click Here to Join 


Student Coalition, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Orange County, Oregon, Puget Sound, San Diego, San Francisco Bay, At Large | Click Here to Join 

New Member or Renewal

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Membership Benefits: When you become a member of the American Cetacean Society you have the opportunity to become one of our finest ambassadors. It is our membership and participants that make us the most highly-regarded whale protection organization in the U.S. The information and tools we provide give you the tools to help our organization educate the lay community about cetaceans and the challenges they face today. Take pride in your membership since those funds go toward protecting cetaceans. 

Once you dive in, there are many ways to volunteer or get involved. As part of your membership you will receive the following benefits:

  • Latest Information and Alerts: The American Cetacean Society (ACS) is your resource for cetacean information and current issues.
  • Opportunities to Connect: Meet others in your area who care about whales, dolphins, and porpoises through monthly meetings at local chapters of ACS. You’ll always learn something new and exciting, and you’ll meet a lot of enthusiastic cetacean-loving locals in your area.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Actively involve yourself and your friends in American Cetacean Society activities and committees by volunteering your time, resources, or facility space.
  • Member Discounts: As an ACS member, you will enjoy discounts on whale watching trips, whale festivals, merchandise, event registration, and more!
  • Whalewatcher: The Whalewatcher is the biannual journal published by the American Cetacean Society featuring articles by the world’s most preeminent researchers, conservationists, and policy makers in the field of marine mammalogy, written for the general public. This unique, robust, all-color publication is an exclusive benefit of membership and is highly-treasured by ACS members.

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