An excellent organization with incredible amounts of passion and direction. Maris is an absolute delight and truly puts the wellbeing and education of others above anything else. I like to think of her needs as self-transcendence. "Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos." I would highly recommend the work that Save the Whales does for the community.
This organization defines what it means to care for the environment and its inhabitants. I am honored to have volunteered my time with them and will continue to do so. Save the Whales is an incredible organization inside and out.
I've recently had the wonderful opportunity to work with Save The Whales. Everyone there has been beyond professional. The amount of help I've received for my own professional as well as personal growth has been insurmountable. I've made countless connections on top of being able to truly feel like I have been able to be part of something much greater than myself. I look forward to working with them in the future and helping them to better our world.
Save The Whales has been a wonderful resource for both 1st and 2nd graders here at Gateway School in Santa Cruz. Tom has always sparked my students' interests in continuing to keep our oceans clean and provides amazing lessons about marine mammals. He is easy to work with and brings many fun, hands-on activities which engage every student. After his visit, he followed up with information and websites for us to continue our learning and I look forward to planning his visit next year. Thank you!
Save the Whales is a fantastic program that facilitates watershed and ocean awareness and action! I've partnered with Save the Whales for the past several years in environmental education and LID project programming with local students and teachers from Seaside, Marina and Salinas. Maris and Tom are very knowledgeable, passionate and effective teachers working toward conservation of our land and oceans. Hooray for Save the Whales!
Maris and Tom were very helpful in teaching our group about wetlands. We did a clean up for Earth Day. We also ran a car wash fundraiser for them to raise awareness about run off into storm drains. Our day with Save the Whales was part of our Ocean Conservancy project.
I've worked with Save the Whales in two capacities: as a Service Learning instructor at CSU-Monterey Bay who sends my students to work their volunteer hours with StW, and as chair of the Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter, a fellow environmental non-profit organization, who has partnered with StW for various local programs and initiatives. In both capacities I've been genuinely impressed by the commitment and tenacity of Maris, the E.D. and her staff, for doing good work in the community. They don't just do education and outreach, which is so critical and important, they go to Home Depot and label which garden products are safer for the environment, they attach signs to storm drains so people don't dispose of anything in them- they do real 'boots on the ground' work that makes a difference in our community. It's been a privilege and a pleasure to be able to partner with them and to send my students to work them, and be enriched by everything the learn from Save the Whales
Every year Save the Whales hosts 8-10 college students from California State University Monterey Bay as service learners. These university students meet with Save the Whales (STW) Director, Maris who assigns them to serve in outreach or education roles with STW. Every student raves about their experience with STW citing what they learn about marine mammals, their connections to local and international conservation efforts, and most importantly how critical it is for each of us to engage in action. Many of the students remain volunteering with STW for years. The vision, the work, and Maris and Tom--are inspirational.
As a university service learning instructor, I have partnered with Save the Whales for the past 7 or 8 years. Every semester groups of my students do their service with Save the Whales. Their experiences in the community and with the super staff of Save the Whales are consistently meaningful. Students have multiple experiences interacting with the public and come away inspired to continue both with the program but in marine science based outreach. The students are inspired by the passion and commitment of the Save the Whales staff as much as the scope of the programs. From preserving Vaquitas in the Gulf of California to eliminating toxic runoff in the Monterey Bay, the work of Save the Whales is instrumental to preserving the health of our planet and its many creatures.
Maris and Tom have given our students the opportunity to volunteer at Whale Fest and Earth Day clean up. They engage young people and teach them about caring for our marine life and wetlands. Their displays and brochures and classroom materials can be used by students and adults. Save the Whales Foundation is making a positive impact in our community.
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Tom with Save the Whales presented an amazing multi-media, hands-on program to my k-5 science students. The program was so informative an engaging to even my youngest students. Save the Whales is about much more than whales. Students learn about ocean ecology as well as environmental issues our marine ecosystems are facing, all age appropriate.The children develop a love and respect for the ocean that will influence a lifetime of stewardship. I look forward to many years of partnership with my students and Save the Whales.