Save The Whales has been a wonderful resource for both 1st and 2nd graders here at Gateway School in Santa Cruz. Tom has always sparked my students' interests in continuing to keep our oceans clean and provides amazing lessons about marine mammals. He is easy to work with and brings many fun, hands-on activities which engage every student. After his visit, he followed up with information and websites for us to continue our learning and I look forward to planning his visit next year. Thank you!
Save the Whales is a fantastic program that facilitates watershed and ocean awareness and action! I've partnered with Save the Whales for the past several years in environmental education and LID project programming with local students and teachers from Seaside, Marina and Salinas. Maris and Tom are very knowledgeable, passionate and effective teachers working toward conservation of our land and oceans. Hooray for Save the Whales!
I've worked with Save the Whales in two capacities: as a Service Learning instructor at CSU-Monterey Bay who sends my students to work their volunteer hours with StW, and as chair of the Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter, a fellow environmental non-profit organization, who has partnered with StW for various local programs and initiatives. In both capacities I've been genuinely impressed by the commitment and tenacity of Maris, the E.D. and her staff, for doing good work in the community. They don't just do education and outreach, which is so critical and important, they go to Home Depot and label which garden products are safer for the environment, they attach signs to storm drains so people don't dispose of anything in them- they do real 'boots on the ground' work that makes a difference in our community. It's been a privilege and a pleasure to be able to partner with them and to send my students to work them, and be enriched by everything the learn from Save the Whales
Every year Save the Whales hosts 8-10 college students from California State University Monterey Bay as service learners. These university students meet with Save the Whales (STW) Director, Maris who assigns them to serve in outreach or education roles with STW. Every student raves about their experience with STW citing what they learn about marine mammals, their connections to local and international conservation efforts, and most importantly how critical it is for each of us to engage in action. Many of the students remain volunteering with STW for years. The vision, the work, and Maris and Tom--are inspirational.
As a university service learning instructor, I have partnered with Save the Whales for the past 7 or 8 years. Every semester groups of my students do their service with Save the Whales. Their experiences in the community and with the super staff of Save the Whales are consistently meaningful. Students have multiple experiences interacting with the public and come away inspired to continue both with the program but in marine science based outreach. The students are inspired by the passion and commitment of the Save the Whales staff as much as the scope of the programs. From preserving Vaquitas in the Gulf of California to eliminating toxic runoff in the Monterey Bay, the work of Save the Whales is instrumental to preserving the health of our planet and its many creatures.
Save The Whales provides so much for our Monterey Bay Region from quality environmental classroom education to hands-on community exhibits, storm drain stenciling, point of sale info brochures for sustainable gardening, and all while collaboring with the community. The organization effectively magnifies its outreach by partnering with many local schools, universities, other environmental non-profits, and government organizations. It's amazing the work Save The Whales does for whales globally, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and community watersheds in the Monterey Bay region.
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!
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.
I am a professional marine mammal biologist who has been working in the field for 30 years. I began to work with Save the Whales about 4 years ago, when we started collaborating on an effort to try and help save the world's most endangered marine mammal (the vaquita porpoise of Mexico's Sea of Cortez) from extinction VIVA Vaquita. Since then, I have had many positive experiences with STW, and have worked closely with all their staff on this and other important conservation issues.
I have found the organization be 100% dedicated to their mission of saving marine mammals, and I am constantly impressed with how much good work they can do with a relatively small amount of funding and a small cadre of volunteer and part-time staff. STW has made a measurable difference in helping to preserve cetaceans, and I applaud them for their efforts. I also look forward to many years of collaborative work with them in the effort to preserve our planet's threatened marine wildlife.
Marine Mammal Biologist
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.
Tom presented to the Pajaro Middle School Watershed Academy, an after school program this past January. He had so much information to share with the students and fully engaged them in so many ways. He had facts, details, and hands-on activities that helped the students understand their role in learning and protecting their world. Thanks Tom!