SAVE THE WHALES INC

Rating: 4.87 stars   83 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1192 Waring St Seaside CA 93955 USA

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2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The students in my class all have special needs. My classes have ranged from 2/3 combos to 2/3/4 combos. Currently my students are in the 3 and 4th grades. WOW has bringing their programs to my schools for the past 3 years. The caliber of instruction, hands on experiences and high interest subject matter has made an enormous impact on the students over the years. Students have enjoyed learning about the watershed, the Whale of a Rhythm , the Sea Turtles and Sea Otters Programs. They have become so much more appreciative of their environment and most importantly their responsibility regarding the environment. They are definitely making a connection regarding their actions and the impact they can make in protecting our marine life. Please! Please! help this wonderful program continue by making donations!

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

I would not change anything!

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

Life-changing

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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Rating: 4 stars  

This organizations brings wonderful hands on information to students and teachers alike regarding the roles these wonderful creatures play in our environment. Even more importantly the program generates respect for these giants and demonstrates in tangible ways how individuals, schools and other groups can work to help our environment by maintaining a healthy ecosystem for our whales.
My students were given their first exposure to whales, their roles and how to work toward helping to save our whale population. Most of my students have never been to the ocean despite living less than 25 miles away. They had no idea of the way whales hear and the tuning fork demonstration was very personal. They valued the opportunity to see the types of food eaten and to actually touch whalebone was thrilling for them. I highly recommend the program and have actively worked to bring it to my school for all third graders to experience.

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I have seen how my students have become more committed to protecting the environment, in order to provide a healthier environment for the whales. Students have shared their experience with their families and other students throughout the school.

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

I would provide even more education for elementary school children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

During the migration of the Gray Whale in January, Fisherman's Wharf Association, sponsors along with BLUE Ocean Film Festival, and Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Sciences, Whalefest Monterey as a fund raising event to bring public awareness to the marine non-profits, organizations, and agencies that influence the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The sustainability of our oceans is through, education, formal and informal of this generation and the next. Save the Whales has been an integral part of the event since inception. Save the Whales has provided three different interactive programs for all ages in the Wharf Theater, provided lectures and panelists in the Museum of Monterey Theater, interactive booths, and volunteers dressed as sea animals to provide marine information and to interact with the attendees, especially children. We are thrilled that Save the Whales will once again be participating in Whalefest Monterey, 2014.
Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis
Chair, Whalefest Monterey
President, Fisherman's Wharf Association

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

give them more funds

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

Life-changing

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher who hired this program to give an in-class presentation. It was an excellent, engaging mix of hands-on activities and presentation format.

Tom arrived in plenty of time to set up his sizable collection of equipment. The show was about sea turtles. I learned a lot, and the students were still talking about it weeks later. The thing that made the biggest impression on them was how plastic bags end up looking like sea jellies and get ingested by leatherback turtles, who then can't get the bags out because of the sharp barbs in their throats (evolved to capture and retain the jellies). This can lead to obstructions, and in some cases, even death.

The students mentioned some of the content taught by Tom in their year-end summary. I would love to see this program grow and reach more schools.

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

Create more of an office infrastructure to support a huge amount of growth of the program.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated to Save the Whales, Inc. for over 25 years. I have always been impressed by how they do so much with a very small staff and are completely dedicated to the cause of helping marine mammals keep their place on this planet. It's been inspiring to see how the organization has changed and evolved over time. As our understanding of what threatens the oceans is clearer, Save the Whales has shifted their energies to educate us about these new and increasing threats such as non-point source pollutants, plastics, sound pollution, and entanglement. Their commitment to educating others has been steadfast, through student programs, college interns, tabling events and their newsletters. I have also been inspired many, many times by other members (some very young) who have raised money (by a huge variety of means), consciousness and motivation to also help in the very long fight to give marine mammals a voice. I will continue to support Save the Whales, Inc. and their fantastic work.

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

Give them a steady source of income, so they could make long-range plans for programs and staff.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Save the Whales does valuable conservation work on many fronts. Their Whales on Wheels Programs do a fantastic job educating students with engaging hands-on lessons. The Save the Whales website educates the world by providing accurate and up-to-date information about different marine mammals and the threats to their survival. Furthermore, the dedicated staff of Save the Whales goes above and beyond when threats to marine mammals become critical. Some examples of this are the fight against the Navy’s Sonar Ship Shock proposals, the Save the Whales targeted programs to save the highly endangered Vaquitas, and numerous ocean pollution programs. The Save the Whales staff live and breath conservation. They put their hearts and souls into their work. They are effective advocates for the health of marine mammals, our oceans, and ultimately the health of all living things on our planet.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a science teacher and underwater videographer. The Save the Whales website serves as a great resource for students seeking information about different marine mammal species and about the things which threaten the health of these animals. I am impressed by the Whales on Wheels program which is inspiring students to get involved in the preservation of healthy ocean environments. While filming underwater in the ocean, I have been eye to eye with whales, dolphins and seals. I have had all of these animals look me in the eyes, and I have experienced their awareness. Huge whales have gently swam right next to me underwater and have shown no aggressive or threatening behavior towards me. Groups of dolphins have surrounded me underwater and have playfully clicked at me and twirled all around me. I have had mother gray whales bring their babies over to our boat so that we could reach down and gently rub their skin. I have seen these same whales roll on their sides to look up at us from underwater. I have been amazed and surprised by the behaviors of these animals and have come to appreciate how important it is for us to protect them. Save the Whales educates people about the splendor and beauty of these amazing animals and teaches how many of these animals are carelessly and not so carelessly being harmed or killed. I donate video footage to Save the Whales because I believe in their cause.

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

I have seen Save the Whales inspire students and I have seen Save the Whales take strong actions to protect marine mammals.

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

Help them to reach more students with their education programs.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Save the Whales has assisted the municipalities on the Monterey Peninsula in reducing the pollutants that end up in Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean when it rains. STW assists us by performing many of the tasks that we undertake to improve storm water quality , all with a careful eye on saving costs and working efficiently. STW has saved us tens of thousands of dollars over the past few years by eliminating unnecessary expenses and focusing on the tasks that will make the largest impact on our environment. STW is doing the "boots on the ground" work that results in real improvements to water quality, both projects in our communities and through educating people on how our actions affect the world we live in - both positively and negatively. Most of my day is spent pushing a lot of paper and completing seemingly meaningless tasks that too often seem unrelated to making a positive difference in the world. STW is making a real difference right now - not through philosophical arguments but through their investment of hard work in our communities. We have all benefitted from their efforts - and whether we realize it or not, they are still doing the work!

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

Clone the Director so there was more of her to go around!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 2nd grade teacher at a small private school in Santa Cruz. Save the Whales came to our school, worked with our schedule, and produced 3 wonderfully different presentations for different grade levels. The students were engaged the entire presentation and they really not only learned a lot, but also learned how and why we need to Save our Whales! This was the third year that we have had the pleasure of Save the Whales and I am looking forward to many more years with Save the Whales!

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

N/A

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

Life-changing

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher at a small private school in Santa Cruz. We always look forward to the hands on approach that we receive when the Save the Whales program comes to our school. The impact on our students is tremendous. They have lessons at our school about the ocean and ocean life, but not every student gets the chance to see the footage of film that comes with this program and hear the explanation of the life of the sea otter that is presented. The children are all captivated by the instructor Tom and when he leaves the special materials, we are able to continue with the lesson that he has just presented. This is an excellent program and schools should take advantage of the instruction that this nonprofit wants to provide. We love having them come to our school and look forward to their return each year.

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

Have them come more than once to our school with a different lesson each visit

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Save the Whales is an amazing nonprofit organization that makes an impact on cetacean conservation with a very small staff and dedicated volunteers. As president of the American Cetacean Society, the world's oldest whale conservation organization, I am impressed by the nimble response of Save the Whales to issues of concern and by the dedication of its staff. ACS Monterey Bay collaborated with Save the Whales to form Viva Vaquita, and the partnership has been positive and effective. Save the Whales is a fixture at community events and inspires children by bringing cetaceans to the classroom.

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

provide funding for additional staff for teaching and outreach.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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