Tom Kieckhefer from Save The Whales planned a class presentation tailored to the needs of my high school Ecology class. The multimedia workshop on Marine Mammals of Monterey Bay: Adaptations & Communication, featured hands-on activities, interesting information and opportunities for discussion. Tom included current research, threats to marine mammals, and ways the students can support marine mammal conservation. I appreciate his willingness to work with me to create a workshop that supported the goals of the class.
The hands on presentation was top notch with awesome materials. It had my lethargic high school class paying attention and asking questions.
Save The Whales came to our school to do two different presentations. Tom's presentations were definitely very engaging. The students really enjoyed the hands on activities and videos presented. It was a great learning experience !
First, I would like to thank Tom from the Save the Whales Foundation for his excellent presentation. Tom came to our school and presented to our sixth grade students on two different occasions. Both times, the students were engaged and enthralled by the presentations. They loved the hands on activities and the video clips. It was definitely and eye opener for many of students. They didn't realize the impact we can have on our environment and our animals.
We have had Tom from the Save the Whales organization come out several times and speak with our 4th graders. Each time the interactive, informative presentations made a great impact on our students. Our population is mostly low socio-economic and many have not even seen the ocean before. These talks have motivated them to be more ecologically friendly, increased their interest in marine life studies, and
inspired them to pursue future careers in this field. Thanks! and keep up the great work!!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.