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 presentation was age appropriate, hands on and rich in content. Tom was great at engaging the kids and they learned a lot. I highly recommend Save the Whales for any elementary school aged kids who are studying the ocean ecosystem.

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 came to our elementary school and did two different types of presentations. The first was all about otters and geared to 1-3 grades. He did an additional presentation for our 4-5 graders on sea turtles. All of the children loved his presentation. Not only did they learn facts about these amazing creatures but he inspired all of the children to protect these animals. Recycling and reducing was a big topic and he gave great ideas that the kids could do to support their community. It inspired the children to think outside the box and specifically come up with solutions with the "garbage island" between continental USA and Hawaii.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tom, the presenter from Save the Whales, came into my high school Oceanography classroom and gave a great presentation on Marine Mammals. He kept the students' attention for over an hour with plenty of hands on studff to look at and an interesting slideshow.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a teacher at a charter school in Watsonville, CA. Tom from Save the Whales came and spoke about ocean mammals to my oceanography class. He did a great job and I've invited him back this year.

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I'm a teacher at a charter school in Watsonville, CA. Tom from Save the Whales came and spoke about ocean mammals to my oceanography class.

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

not charge for presentations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended several classroom presentations by Save The Whales. What impressed me most is the sincere caring for environmental stewardship that the volunteers shared with the children. The presentations were engaging and hands-on. I feel that their message to children is both educational and hopeful for the future of our planet.

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

classroom settings

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

have Whales on Wheels available to more schools for marine education.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Save the Whales presentation my fourth grade class received was great. They learned about problems and solutions that related to their every day life when they learned abvout their local water shed. The students still talk about the cool water shed model and the dolphin species that recently became extinct.

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Having a local organization that brings the ocean to students' front door and contact with a "real scientist" has affected my students in thinking of the more ways they can affect the world.

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I think if Save the Whaleso reach whole family (moms and dads) that would be very powerful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tom has done an awesome job presenting to the students I work with. Tom has presented for El Sausal, North Monterey County, and La Paz Middle Schools. The students definitely learn a lot, and have fun with the watershed model. We hope to keep working with Tom, and have him present to the next group of students.

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

Through the YMCA

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

Do nothing, they do a great job!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tom presented whale protection programs to 76 third grade students at Mission Park Elementary School during the 2010-2011 school year. The students continue to talk about the informative, hands on programs. Students are concerned about their ocean and tell others about keeping harmful items out of storm drains. They didn't like the underwater noise pollution and want to protect whales. Tom is great with the kids, presents lessons at their level, and involves them in hands on activities. All 3 third grade classes enjoyed his presentations.

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The students have learned that there are many types and sizes of whales, and that all whales are important.

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The program is excellent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a fourth grade teacher. Tom has worked with the students in my class for many years. He gives an organized, well presented program on watersheds and protecting the whales. He has a great way with children and they watch, participate and learn with enthusiasm. Tom is a great asset to the Return of the Natives Education program and the Save the Whales student presentation programs. I heartily endorse the program and strongly encourage the continued funding for these programs. In this time of dwindling funding for field trips or for any extra curricular education programs, programs like Save the Whales are truly invaluable.

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

my school. My students have benefitted from the knowledge and expertise of Tom with his Save the Whale classes.

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

offer more programs like these for all students. Our students need to learn to be stewards of the Earth, and these programs help them become willing participants.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tom has presented at our school several times, and he always connects to the students. At the end of the year, the students consider his presentations one of the highlights of the year. He engages them in a way that helps them remember his information, and they become more aware of environmental issues and the fact that they can make a difference.

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

the Salinas school system. Students who have limited experiences due to their socio-economic situtation gained alot from their exposure to Save the Whales.

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

have them be able to provide their educational programs to more students in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tom has offered several presentations on marine mammals to the two schools I have worked at. He has a wealth of information and always brings in lots of artifacts for students to look at. His dedication and passion for marine mammals is evident and students always come away with a greater understanding of the issues affecting marine mammals.

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

Hearing students talk about the information and ask questions after the presentation. It has also helped me be better informed as a teacher in the environmental science field.

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

Make it free so more students could experience it!

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