Save the Whales' "Sea Turtles" presentation was a great hit here at the Gonzales library!
In south Monterey county, residents rarely go to the beach. Issues concerning our oceans aren't high priority because the education isn't there. We know agriculture and rural lore, but we forget we are literally at the edge of the country. Our location is a great gift, and we ought know more about caring for it.
Tom and Amanda were very informed and well prepared, and they did well with the demands of a varied audience (different ages and different levels of English language proficiency).
I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a presentation that drives home the importance of maritime preservation and educates, while being fun.
My fourth grade students were very excited to see a gigantic life-size humpback, and to learn the story behind Save the Whale's newest learning experience, "Dee" the whale. Maris and the Save the Whales staff are enthusiastic, wonderful people who engage the children in learning about whales and about how our everyday choices can impact marine mammals. In an interactive 45 minutes, the staff covered everything from whale anatomy and whale sounds to watersheds and storm drains, and how everything ends up in the ocean. Students experience going inside "Dee" the whale to see her inner anatomy and to understand how pollutants, trash and plastics can impact the health of even the biggest mammals. The consequences of our (human) actions have never been easier to understand. The children will certainly remember this hands-on lesson and this amazing experience for the rest of their lives. Thank you, Save the Whales!
Every year Tom from Save the Whales gives our Third graders a presentation about Whales or sea turtles. The kids love learning about the animals and how to help the environment. All the pictures and models he brings are great. When one student gets dressed up in the whale costume everybody has a great time. Hope he can come back every year!
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!
For years now, the Gault Elementary third graders have been spellbound while learning about sea turtles and the issues they face in the Amazing Sea Turtle educational outreach program. Students get up close and personal with Turtle skulls, shells and other realia which enriches the program too.
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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.
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.
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