Pacific Whale Foundation offers a Keiki Whalewatch program

Pacific Whale Foundation offers a Keiki Whalewatch program

Each whale season during the months of January through April, Pacific Whale Foundation offers a Keiki Whalewatch program for both local and visiting school groups that reaches more than 3,000 students each year. With the goal of developing a generation of leaders who know and care for the marine environment, the program offers a highly subsidized opportunity for schoolchildren to learn about whales living wild in their natural habitat. Featuring a customized whalewatch ecotour and an optional classroom program with standards-based, grade-level appropriate, hands-on activities for students, the program is open to school groups from pre-K to high school. For many participants, this is their first time seeing humpback whales from a boat.

In January of 2018, we were able to offer this program to students on Molokai and Lanai for the first time ever, thanks to a generous donation from the Servco Foundation. Through the Pacific Whale Foundation 2018 Online Auction, we hope to sustain this program into 2019 and to help ensure that all Maui County children are able to enjoy outdoor environmental education programs. Our goal is to make this program accessible to all Hawaii students.

Through charitable support, registration fees for Keiki Whalewatch are currently $8 per student, $15 per adult chaperone, and there is no charge for the classroom teacher and/or EA. Program costs are heavily subsidized by the support of Pacific Whale Foundation Members and generous donors.

The Pacific Whale Foundation 2018 Online Auction will be open for bidding November 10-19, 2018. Visit pacificwhale.org and subscribe to email updates for more.

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