DARLING CETACEANS

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Animals, Technology, Environment, Water

Location: 1934 E. Apple Ave #212 Muskegon MI 49442 USA

Mission: The mission of DARLING CETACEANS is to educate children of all ages about marine mammals, the marine environment; be a leading resource for marine mammal scientists and researchers; and to increase the amount of information known about marine mammals species.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year Darling Cetaceans helps promote education to students and the community alike by bringing their program to classrooms, scouting and community events nationwide! They bring the exciting world of marine mammals to areas where children might not ever come into contact with them. In doing so, they inspire future generations to join conservation efforts to protect marine mammals and the environment at large. Every Earth Day I look forward to taking my children to community events and without a doubt, their favorite exhibit is always Darling Cetaceans!

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We first met Darling Cetaceans at an Earth Day event sponsored by our local movie theatre. I have personally experienced the results of this organization in my two young boys. The way Darling Cetaceans has inspired them with their educational program is clear. They are fascinated with marine mammals and now want to do "their part" to help conserve, not just marine life, but the environement as a whole.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give them the funds necessary to allow them to do more of what they do on a national level. Although they do go nationwide currently, I know that most of their efforst are kept local because of limited resources.

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure to volunteer for a non profit organization called Darling Cetaceans (DC) for a few years and it is certainly more than just Dolphins and Whales!

Within those fun few years I was expanding the public knowledge about marine mammals and environmental stewardship. We had various informational booths and hands on activity games for the children to engage in to grasp the concept of learning about marine mammals and the environment year round. Not to mention parades at the Muskegon lakeshore and working with the local Girl Scouts and helping them earn a scout badge that DC has created. DC offers outreach programs as well. The company website is a great tool for students in high school or in college, or rather anyone that wants to look up information on certain marine mammal.

DC is fun to volunteer for. Not only do you get to learn about marine mammals and the environment, but also you have the satisfaction of seeing the wonder in a child’s eye as they point to a Norwal tusk at your booth as they ask what that is. When you tell them their eyes fill up with wonder and the questions start flowing.

As the years went on I thought I was the one who was doing all the teaching to the public but on the contrary DC was teaching me how to be more patient and a better citizen in my community. I have so many fun memories with DC and I encourage anyone who wants to get involved with their community contact DC to volunteer. Its an awarding experience you will never forget!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

setting up booths and engaging the public.. A few of the things I have done was helping this company with the Girl scout merrit badge project, Highschool job fair informational booth, Paddling for the Parks, a race volunteer muskegon put on, parade along Muskegon's Lakeshore and many more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

win the lotto. This organization is great and has great people working with it and has a vision. But this organization is in need of donations inorder for it to suceede. It gets by and manages to do a great job at what it has on stock. But donations of money or items is needed to make this vision come true.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization that comes to your classroom with great hands on materials. Where else could you touch a dolphin skull and a narwhal tusk while sitting in your desk at school. DARLING CETACEANS provides the link of the enviornment with your classroom and link it to the environment no matter where you live. The ocean meets your classroom no matter what.

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I have been part of DARLING CETACEANS since the beginning and strive to see it open the ocean world to your classroom.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want to make sure that there is finical backing to see it thrive in the world.

Rating: 5 stars  

Darling Cetaceans has led 2 education programs for events I have organized. The information and teaching style is excellent for the children they lead. They provide visual and interactive activities for children to understand their part in the global community. The efforts of Darling Cetaceans to educate the public about our oceans are to be highly commended and encouraged in the water 'crisis' of this century. These leaders are passionate about the environment and seek any opportunity to contribute to keeping our world 'green.'

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization when I watched children begin a project to conserve water based on the teachings of Darling Cetaceans.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to encourage more opportunities for Darling Cetaceans to teach in our local schools.

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a proud co-founder of this amazing organization, as well as an active Board Member and Lead Educator! In the past 9 years, DARLING CETACEANS has done more than anyone thought it could, and on a very limited budget. It has educated children & adults with unique, hands-on programs across the USA & helped people appreciate marine mammals across the globe. This organization is an asset to stranding networks, researchers and environmentalists because it highlights their work and fosters understanding of the general public.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When you get a letter of support from a stranding network, governor, student or from an English teaching guide in China, you know the organization has a huge impact.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Contribute more money, so they can increase the fantastic work they already do! DARLING CETACEANS does so much with so little and they truly stretch each dollar donated to maximize it's reach.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Saw a need and hlped create it.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Finding space to creat a museum, as well as connect teachers with businesses for student service learning opportunities.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Creating the DARLING CETACEANS Centre, a museum, research center and library.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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