Educating children about marine life was one the most first goals I set for myself and I appreciate Save the Whales for allowing me to accomplish this goal. In working with Save the Whales I was able to gain a greater respect for my Latin culture and Spanish language as I was able to communicate with the Latin community about pollution, pesticides, and La Vaquita as most of this information is not a central topic in our communities.
I had a great experience with Save the Whales! This is a great organization that really captures people of all ages through education and information. As a service learner, I was able to educate kids on the safety of marine animals, and work hands on in making a difference with putting emblems on storm drains. I was even able to dress as a sea turtle as shown in the pictures to really connect with children on a friendly level. Save the Whales is a great organization for all ages, and is a great pick for service learners, especially those in the environmental and marine sciences.
I had an awesome experience with Save The Whales! I really enjoyed educating elementary school students from Salinas about water quality, MBNMS, and blue whales! Never a dull moment with this knowledgeable, professional, and LIVELY group of truly genuine people. One thing I would like to stress is the importance of Save The Whales' services. I witnessed firsthand the absorption and retention of knowledge by kids after several weeks of Save The Whales field trips. We live in a beautiful area with so many natural resources needing protection - inspiring the next generation about environmental stewardship is always a fun and sustainable process with Save The Whales!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteering with Save the Whales has opened my eyes to a world that could potentially be lost to us forever unless; we begin to take a stand for those who do not have a voice. Working with Maris Sidenstecker and Tom Kieckhefer has taught me that passion is everything!
I am a recent graduate (2014-15) from CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a degree in Environmental Studies and a focus in Sustainable Communities. For the last year I worked with Save the Whales (non-profit organization) to coordinate and organize fundraising events and alone accumulated over $500. I partnered with Save the Whales to educate the general public during community events about pollution prevention, and how their efforts can play a role in protecting and saving the Vaquita. Save the Whales uses petitions and the signing of letters to the president of Mexico, asking him to do all he can to save the Vaquita. Reflecting on my experiences during service learning, I felt excited and moved by the adults and children getting involved in our Save the Whales’ booths. Seeing the reactions of both the adults and children when they learned that there are only 97 Vaquita left on the planet caused them to immediately sign the letter to the president of Mexico. This made me think about all the support we could easily gain if the general public were aware of the current injustices. I also believe in putting up pet waste emblems in local parks, and community storm drain stenciling to remind the public to do their part to help protect the oceans and the environment is essential.
Thank you Save the Whales for all that you have done for our oceans. I can rest assured knowing we are in good hands! I look forward to joining forces. My perfect world is a place where no animal is endangered or could become extinct because they have been exploited by human activities.
Don't be fooled by the name. While the wonderful staff at Save the Whales do put in countless hours in advocating for the protection of many different marine species, they are making a wave of difference in many people's lives, locally and internationally. I want to thank this non-profit for reaching out and changing peoples perspectives on, not what they have been doing wrong everyday of their lives, but how to change their daily habits to better themselves, their health, and the health and the well-being of other species in which we share our homes with on Earth. Save The Whales takes the doom-and-gloom out of a rather difficult situation in the decline of many marine mammal population numbers, by teaching kids and adults alike just how amazing these marine mammals are, and just how easy it is to change our ways for the better. I can keep going on, and on, but its best to just be grateful that there are good people doing an amazing job at building a better life for all. Thank you Save the Whales!
Tom does a great job with his presentations to youth. He is very explanatory and knowledgeable along with the visual and hands on presentation. He know how to catch the kids attention and keeps them throughout his presentation. He is excellent at speaking and presenting. I believe the kids really learn from this program.
Excellent organization. They do a great job educating our youth through hands on teaching techniques and ocean conservation.
Tom brings an amazing multi-media hands-on program to students. Save the Whales is about so much more than whales. Students learn about the ecology of the ocean and tons of information about the theme animals- in our case sea otters, sea turtles, and whales. The children develop a love and respect for the ocean that will influence a lifetime of stewardship. I hope all children get to experience this program. The students at Santa Cruz Children's School loved it!
I teach 6th grade Earth Science. Tom cam in towards the end of our unit on Ocean Health. Students loved the hands on experience, as well as Tom's personal, in the field experience with the vaquita porpoises in Mexico. Students really enjoyed the echolocation simulation! I will have Tom back again!
Our local Sustainable Seaside group has partnered with Save the Whales on several occasions in the past years. This year we will be having our 6th Annual Sustainable Living Tour and Save the Whales will once again have an info table. We expect over 200 people will attend.
Save the Whales is a wonderful nonprofit which includes college students and mentally challenged adults as supporters. They are well organized and informed and offer important ways of protecting Monterey Bay and the whales. I always enjoy partnering with Maris as I know she'll come through with her commitments in a kind and dedicated way. I continue to learn from her and her volunteers.
Kay, Chair Sustainable Seaside (an action group of Communities for Sustainable Monterey County)