Students in grades K-8 at the Monterey County Home Charter School were very excited to have the special presentation, Amazing Sea Turtles, to look forward to during the winter break. The information, video, and hands on turtle shells and skulls were especially interesting to students. We look forward to inviting Whales on Wheels to our school again.
The Monterey County Home Charter School invited Whales on Wheels to our school. About 40 students and families were very pleased with the presentation and hands-on opportunity to learn more about the world of whales. We recommend this program to anyone interested in learning about whales.
I am a Teacher at Ohlone School. Tom came to do a presentation on marine animals. He presented to all the third graders at Ohlone. We are a TITLE 1 School and have many students with limited English skills. Tom presentations were educational and accessible to all students. He used hands on activities and visuals to reach all students. The students learned so much from his presentations that they started a Save the Earth Club at Ohlone.
Save the Whales came to our elementary school for Family Science Night. They set up a great table display and talked to many, many parents and students. They are terrific.
As a science educator in a school habitat garden,
I have requested presentations from Save the Whales on numerous occasions. I facilitate volunteer dune habitat restoration around the Monterey Bay. Save the Whales watershed pollution lessons are excellent and include a great visual display allowing students to do "hands-on (non-toxic) polluting" of their own watershed. The students still remember the presentation years later. Best of all, they get the connection between pollution of the watershed model and what they do at their own homes, at school and at the coast.
The whale and sea mammal presentations are excellent with many artifacts to see and feel. The student's eyes were opened regarding all the varieties of marine debris and how they could help prevent pollution.
Whales on Wheels has produced excellent programs for the Salinas Public Library's three branches for the last two years. Thomas R. Kieckhefer is a very experienced presenter who engages our patrons with time-tested programs that delight and educate. We are particularly pleased to offer an introduction to this world-class natural wonder of the Monterey Bay to many patrons who find transportation to the ocean difficult even though they live so close. The fact that much of the presentation invites participation makes it that much more exciting. It is like bringing the ocean world to their neighborhood. I hope we may be able to enjoy Whales on Wheels for many years to come.
I am a 6th grade teacher at Natividad School in Salinas, CA. We invited Save the Whales (Tom) to come and give a watershed demonstration to students in order to prepare them for an upcoming field trip. Throughout the course of the hands on demonstration students were fully engaged. The next day I took students on a tour of the school in which they would identify potential hazards. Students sketched pictures about what they saw. I know that Tom's presentation was truly effective based on the fact that students could readily identify potential pollution sources, the effects of those sources, and potential solutions to the problem.
I am the principal at Carmel River School and annually have invited Whales on Wheels to conduct various marine based presentations at our school. The presentations introduce students to the marine life that exists in the ocean, properties of the ocean and ocean conservation. The programming has been excellent due to the content and high quality instruction that is offered. Students and staff alike thoroughly enjoy the material and it is an essential part of our "Ocean Celebration."
They came to my school with all the supplies necessary. They led a hands on very interactive lesson for 60 minutes. This tied in extremely well with our study of animals and habitats. The students were amazed to learn how whales and dolphins communicate.
The Save the Whales Organization has provided valuable information to my fifth and sixth grade students for the past two years. Their use of hands-on activities and visual aids has made it possible for many of the students to recognize the pivotal role they play in the conservation and preservation of sea life. For example, a rural display was set up to demonstrate how pollution reaches the ocean. Students participated by adding various kinds of pollution to the scenery. Then they poured water over the pollution and watched as it washed down the drains and flowed to the bay. This reality caused many of them to express to their families the importance of being actively involved in environmental issues.
Save the Whales has been providing valuable information to my 5th Grade class for the past 2 years. The resource speaker came twice to provide very interesting & interactive presentations about ocean life & its preservation. This has been a valuable tool in making the children understand this area of science.
Save the whales has a wonderful education program, which comes into the classroom and teaches students. Teachers at our school are very thankful for the hands on lessons that this great group brings to school to support our teaching and to pass on ecologically friendly ideas.
Save the Whales, Inc. has been coming to our school site for almost 5 years now. Each year the children learn about the importance of maintaining our ocean habitable for marine life through hands-on activities and their visual presentation. The Save the Whales presenters come well-prepared with objects related to ocean life (krill, whale vertebra, posters, water activities, and a rope that is the size of a whale among some things). The classes are engaged in learning by listening to whale sounds, watching the whales, and viewing some artifacts that relate to the marine mammals. At the end, the kids are encouraged to do their part to help conserve our oceans by not littering and helping to reduce the use of plastic.
I am currently a 5th grade teacher at the International School of Monterey, located on the Monterey Penninsula. For two years my students worked on projects with Save The Whales. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about the importance of protectin the bay and our watersheds. Through the monthly stream monitoring program the students were able to use real scientific instruments and conduct real research. The students looked forward to the field outings. This is an excellent program that helps students see the value of science and how if affects where they live.
Save the Whales came to my daughter's kindergarten class and it was fantastic! It was a real hands on experience for the kids to learn and understand all about sea otters. Lots of visual and things for the little ones to touch and feel. Best part was the actual layering of the sea otter costume so they understand all the parts of the animal. Highly recommend in class demonstration of all ages. I as an adult learned a lot myself. Great organization to work with!!!
Save the Whales volunteered to come to the elementary school that I teach at and teach my 2nd grade class about storm drains and their affect on Marine Life. They worked with the kids to spray paint the storm drain warnings, the children loved it! It is so nice to have volunteers from organizations like Save the Whales sharing their knowledge and passion about their cause. This was one of the highlights of the year for my students. Everytime they walk by a storm drain, they will remember this experience!