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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

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.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Whales was the best thing to ever happen to our school. It's expensive to take students on field trips but Save the Whales come to us so all students can learn to conserve the ocean environment we live in, here in Marina. They use hands on items that relate to the new NGSS science standards and makes science fun. My special need students especially love the Save the Whales program and holding real animal bones. When my students come back as alumni they always tell me how much then enjoyed when Save the Whales came to class

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was partnered with Save the Whales through my service learning class my senior year at California State University at Monterey Bay. Let me tell you, working with Maris and all the other incredible volunteers was an inspiring experience. Collaborating with my and the surrounding communities helped me connect people with the importance of protecting the world we live in. With Save the Whales I have helped educate and encourage students in elementary and middle schools to be aware of their impacts on the environment and marine animals. Each of the members and volunteers of Save the Whales work hard each day to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. Thank you for helping me grow and make the world a better place.

1 klee12345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Save The Whales through Service Learning at CSU Monterey Bay has had quite the impact on my life by helping me to collaborate with respectable science communication professionals and to find where I belong in the sea of opportunities in which the world of science has to offer. Save The Whales has also helped me understand that science communication is the key to employing a closer to world wide leadership in environmental protection. Through fairs, tabling, classroom education, social media, and many other sources, Save The Whales shares their passions for endangered species and the environment.

The Save The Whales staff is extremely passionate about environmental education and protection. They take the time to spread that knowledge and passion to children in many (including underserved) communities. They truly care about everything they work on and make it their life. I wish to do the same and I am happy to say that I will be continuing to work with Save The Whales in the future for my Capstone Project.

Thank you Save The Whales!

1 Derek16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity to volunteer for Save the Whales over the past semester for class, and it was such an amazing experience. It was an awesome service site to work at and I enjoyed it very much. I gained more knowledge of the marine life thanks to Maris and Tom. I also learned about the Vaquita, and that is knowledge I will take with me and pass on to more people I come in contact with. Working with save the whales has made me realize how much more I want to work with marine mammals in my future and I appreciate that very much. Thank you for the wonderful semester, and thank you for all the hard work you do to make this organization run.