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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Tom, from Save the Whales, was an amazing presenter. My high school marine science class both enjoyed and learned so much from his Marine Mammal presentation. The only negative is my students wished it was longer! Thank you so much for such an enriching and memorable presentation!
Tom and his staff provided a comprehensive, thoughtful, interactive presentation to my 1st grade class. I had worked with Save the Whales before w/ a 5th grade class, and am impressed how seamlessly this group transitions between grade levels, creating a an atmosphere conducive to appropriate standards and relevancy to the given grade level. They brought in the fun, expertise, and meaning to make this memorable and applicable as a school adjacent to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. We are fortunate to have Save the Whales as a community resource! Scott Douglas Laxier, Marina Vista Elementary
Save the Whales is very dedicated to educational outreach to all ages: from children to adults. They have developed a great presentation with a visual model to show participants how their individual actions affect the environment. They provide specific actions that people can do to help with ocean conservation. I am a Save The Whales enthusiast because the team is dedicated to finding strategies to inform the public about how to conserve the oceans and protect marine animals. They are effective communicators and creative with their presentations.