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.
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 does valuable conservation work on many fronts. Their Whales on Wheels Programs do a fantastic job educating students with engaging hands-on lessons. The Save the Whales website educates the world by providing accurate and up-to-date information about different marine mammals and the threats to their survival. Furthermore, the dedicated staff of Save the Whales goes above and beyond when threats to marine mammals become critical. Some examples of this are the fight against the Navy’s Sonar Ship Shock proposals, the Save the Whales targeted programs to save the highly endangered Vaquitas, and numerous ocean pollution programs. The Save the Whales staff live and breath conservation. They put their hearts and souls into their work. They are effective advocates for the health of marine mammals, our oceans, and ultimately the health of all living things on our planet.
I am a science teacher and underwater videographer. The Save the Whales website serves as a great resource for students seeking information about different marine mammal species and about the things which threaten the health of these animals. I am impressed by the Whales on Wheels program which is inspiring students to get involved in the preservation of healthy ocean environments. While filming underwater in the ocean, I have been eye to eye with whales, dolphins and seals. I have had all of these animals look me in the eyes, and I have experienced their awareness. Huge whales have gently swam right next to me underwater and have shown no aggressive or threatening behavior towards me. Groups of dolphins have surrounded me underwater and have playfully clicked at me and twirled all around me. I have had mother gray whales bring their babies over to our boat so that we could reach down and gently rub their skin. I have seen these same whales roll on their sides to look up at us from underwater. I have been amazed and surprised by the behaviors of these animals and have come to appreciate how important it is for us to protect them. Save the Whales educates people about the splendor and beauty of these amazing animals and teaches how many of these animals are carelessly and not so carelessly being harmed or killed. I donate video footage to Save the Whales because I believe in their cause.
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!
Save the Whales is a fabulous asset to our community. They lead inspiring, engaging educational programs for school kids and for people of all ages. Their outreach presence enriches every event they are involved in. Maris is a community leader, who seeks creative ways to collaborate with other nonprofit marine groups. The group is responsive to community needs. The history of the organization is an inspiration in itself, with its grass roots beginning, that sends the message that one person and small groups of folks can make a big difference.
I teach an upper-division service-learning course at California State University, Monterey Bay and students from my course have been working with Save the Whales for the past several years. Every one of my students who has worked with Save the Whales has expressed to me how much the organization has inspired them. Save the Whales provides them with a model of how to engage productively with communities, how to work with communities on fostering shared values, and how to promote shared values through effective community outreach, education, and engagement. This is an outstanding organization.
Also served on the Marine Sanctuary Foundation reviewing and evaluating various projects for funding. Save the Whales consistently provides the public, especially school groups, with accurate, age and cultural appropriate information and scientific date regarding sea mammals and the need for their protection. They are credentialed,dedicated scientists providing a much needed service by enlightening school children and the public.
The staff are wonderful people, dedicated to educating people on the connection of human actions to our rivers and oceans. Also commited to working with underpriveledged communities who usually to do not get this information. Hugely important program!
I had Save the Whales make a presentation in my college course and a number of students who are passionate about education and the environment decided to volunteer in the STWs water quality educational program. My students loved it and learned quite a bit about water quality and educating disadvantaged youth.
Save the Whales brought their Whales On Wheels educational program into my classroom on several occasions. I teach at-risk teens in an alternative public school setting. I was amazed to see how Whales On Wheels engaged my students with their hands-on environmental learning experiences. Everyone learned more about local ecology and environmental stewardship. This is a fantastic non-profit.
Our Chapter has worked concurrently on projects including recently as two of the joint sponsors of the Viva Vaquita! website, a tool in the fight to save the Vaquita, a harbor porpoise that lives only in the north part of the Gulf of California. They have been great partners in the effort. Save the Whales' mission, as it relates to educating the youth of our world to the need for marine conservation in general and for whale conservation in particular is obviously key. Reaching the youth is the key to a successful future. The science on which their educational programs are based is sound and the overall need to restore the worlds oceans to a state where they can maintain their balance is well recognized. Save the Whales is doing an important job and targeting an important audience.