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Save The Whales Inc

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1192 Waring St Seaside CA 93955 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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Our school contacted "Save The Whales" when we were looking for local nonprofits to help us provide community projects for our 8th grade students. They happily volunteered and brought their informative displays to our Community Project Expo. In addition to creating an inviting display, they gave a talk describing two community projects that were perfect volunteer opportunities for our students. Afterwards, they happily stayed and chatted with interested students and parents. I felt so lucky to have such a dependable, informative and meaningful resource provide us with exactly what we needed! Thank you so much!

 
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We have had the privilege of having Save the Whales visit us for over ten years in a row now. They bring us an amazing presentation about whales including demonstrations of their enormous size, recordings of the sounds they make, and specimens of baleen and whale food. Kids are fascinated by the material and love the activities such as trying to catch "food" with baleen vs. teeth. So impressed to have such a rich experience, we often ask them to come and teach us about otters as well. Raising awareness of how to care for our ocean and its inhabitants is weaved into each presentation.

 
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Save the Whales has come to my 3/4 grade class of students with special needs for the past several years. This hands-on program has been integral in helping my students understand our oceans, their inhabitants, and the importance of preserving this critical environment. The artifacts and knowledge of the presenter are stimulating and excite student interest and participation. My students are in Title 1 schools and would be unable to have exposure to this vital program without the grants that have brought it to the schools. If you have a opportunity to experience this garb it . Your class will be amazed and excited. Anything that can help promote this program so it can continue should be pursued.
Susan Sonnthal
SDC Alisal School District

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I teach third grade in Salinas. The majority of my students are second language learners living in crowded conditions. Santa Rita Creek runs behind our school. Tom's presentations bring the ocean to my students and help them understand how the nearby creek is connected to the ocean. I see a change in student's habits in relation to their views about recycling and picking up trash. The interactive presentations are good for language development and clearly explain environmental and biological concepts. I highly recommend Save The Whales' presentations.

 
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Tom from Save the Whales comes to my school every year to do a presentation to all the Third grade classes. His presentations are very informative, interesting, and hands-on. The children are very engaged and excited to learn about marine mammals and to see the pictures and artifacts he brings. They really get into all the sights and sounds. He inspires them to take care of the water environment. I hope he will come back every year!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I am a Third grade teacher in Salinas and most of my students are Hispanic and come from homes where English is a second language. Tom has brought his presentation on The Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles to our school and the children loved it! Most of the children have never seen a sea turtle and rarely visit the ocean. The children were so engaged and excited by the program, and Tom made it so fun and informative. I hope that we can have many more of his presentations.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Tom from Save the Whales did several presentations over the years at my school and my class has always enjoyed them very much. He gets the kids' attention and does a very organized and instructional program. His slide shows are great and he has hands-on activities that the kids love to participate in. The kids care about not polluting the environment and can really understand the concepts by the activities such as putting drops of colored water into the watershed model that shows how pollutants get into the water in the bay. They are excited and want to share their new knowledge with their families.

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my classes at Kammann School in Salinas

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

Give them more funding to do more presentations

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The co-founder from Save the Whales, Ms. Sidenstecker, visits my fourth grade classroom each year during our water and environment unit . Ms. Sidenstecker does a fantastic job teaching the students about how the choices they make can effect the environment. Her model of a town and allowing students to "pollute" it impacts them greatly as students see the impacts of their everyday choices.
Save the Whales is a wonderful organization!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I attend CSUMB and as graduation requirement you have to complete 30 hours of Service Learning. I fulfilled this by working with Save The Whales as a volunteer. Maris Sidenstecker and Tom Kieckhefer were the ones I was working under for events that Save The Whales attended as well as storm drain GIS&GPS/stenciling.

I worked along side Maris Sidenstecker, who is the most inspiring person I have ever met. Maris' passion for education in the Monterey community reflects in her non-profit organization Save The Whales. This organization is known for educating the public on the environment and marine mammal preservation. The interactive models Save The Whales uses' for example the storm drain urban run off model gets not only children but parents involved in where trash and urban runoff can be prevented in their own homes.

I will continue to work for Save The Whales because it is a perfect reflection of my views and opinions on educating the public about marine mammals and our local environment.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Tom has been traveling to our school in South County for several years and always provides comprehensive,interesting, hands-on lessons for our fourth grade students. Since many of our students have never been to the Monterey Bay before he opens up a new world for them to learn about and appreciate. The students were getting his autograph the last time he came. I can't wait to introduce him to my new third grade group this year!

 
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