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!