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Save The Whales Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   118 reviews 13,700

Address:

1192 Waring Street Seaside CA 93955 USA

Mission:

The purpose of the organization is to disseminate information to the general public as to the endangerment of whales and other species through literature, festivals, fairs and related activities and to support research and educational programs relating to the protection of these species.

Programs:

Education program provides outreach and education presentations to school classrooms with the use of hands on materials. Electronic newsletters are emailed once a month to members and subscribers. They contain articles on current environmental issues. Flyers, brochures and educational materials on current topics are provided by mail or email. A website is maintained to provide educational resources to people around the world. We answer emails, telephone calls and mail from people all over the world and from people across the country requesting information and children doing school reports on whales.

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(831) 899-9957
www.savethewhales.org

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

A lot

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?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

wave my magic wand so that they had sufficient funding so that staff could dedicate their time 100% to program presentation instead of fundraising.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Save the Whales is a partner with the two organizations with which I work:

With the Service Learning Institute at California State University Bay Save the Whales (STW) is one of our primary community partners. This means that they are always prepared, eager, and ever so organized to accept our student service learners. Our students gain great community experiences with STW, they learn about ocean issues, and more so they are inspired by the commitment and vision of the founder, Maris Sidensteker

With Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project, STW is a partner in doing classroom outreach about ocean pollution in classrooms in Salinas, CA. Quite honestly, the visits by STW biologist, Tom Keckifer, are a highlight of the school year for students. Tom is an amazing human being, honest and genuine with the students, and full of relevant information

And finally with the Seaside Sustainability Committee. Return of the Natives and STW are partnering to plant native plants which will cut down on and filter run-off in pocket parks throughout the community

In short, STW is a great choice for a great non-profit.

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

I am personally experienced the work of STW through our many partnerships.

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

Get them more resources so that their impact could be greater.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2 people found this review helpful



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.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Save the Whales is an incredible organization! I began volunteering for them in August 2015 as part of my Service Learning requirement at Cal State Monterey Bay, and I have been fortunate enough to be invited back as an intern. The staff members and volunteers at Save the Whales are very passionate about their work and they go well out of their way to ensure that the public is informed about environmental issues. Save the Whales does an excellent job presenting these issues to the public in a non-confrontational manner and, as a result, people seem to genuinely care about these issues and want to take action. I have never been so proud to be a part of an organization as I am with Save the Whales.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have personally served as a program manager over seeing the work performed by Save the Whales and have nothing but positive things to say about the people at the organization and the high level of work product they produce. I have also collaborated with the Save the Whales group on various contracts and they do exceptional work. Doug Dowden, ECS LLC.

 
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