- About PWF
- Research History
- Current Studies
- Australia Research
- Abundance, Survival, Recruitment and Realized Growth Rates
- Calving Rates and Intervals of East Australian Female Humpback Whales
- Connectivity and Interchange Between Humpback Whale Aggregation Areas along East Australia
- Dynamics of extralimital feedingby humpback whales off Eden, NSW
- PWF’s Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Catalogue
- Rate of Interchange Between East Australia and West Australia Humpback Whales
- Ecuador Research
- Interaction of Small Cetaceans with Artisanal Fisheries in Machalilla National Park
- Population, Distribution and Abundance of Humpback Whales and other Cetaceans in Machalilla National Park
- Photo-identification of dolphins in the Cojimies River Estuary
- Migratory Interchange of Humpback Whales between Peru and Ecuador
- Hawaii Research
- Other Projects
- Australia Research
- Our Research Team
- Notes From The Field
- Donate to help fund our research
- Conservation & Education
- Our Story
- Meet Our Staff
- Inside our Facility
- Educational Eco-Tours
- Education Programs
- Upcoming Events
- How You Can Help
- Become a Member / Renew Membership
- Ways You Can Donate
- Adopt a Whale, Dolphin or Turtle
- Whale Regatta
- Maui Whale Festival Events
- Eco Cruises
- The PWF Difference
- Maui Weather
- Wildlife Guides and Tips
- Book A Cruise
- Whale and Dolphin Sightings
- Meet Our Vessels
- Ocean Store
EDUCATION & LEARNING
At Pacific Whale Foundation, we work to educate the public from a scientific prospective.
We start with preschool aged children, introducing them to simple marine science concepts through our weekly SeaWees program.
Elementary, middle-school and high-school students participate in hands-on science labs at our Discovery Center, field trips (including whalewatches, dolphin watches and tidepool explorations), at-sea marine research and other learning opportunities.
We also provide internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain experience in the areas of marine education, research and conservation advocacy.
During school breaks and summer, we offer an Ocean Camp for students in grades K through 5, which promotes learning about the oceans in a fun-filled setting.
We are also committed to fostering and sustaining a relationship with Maui County teachers and educators, providing marine science enrichment content that works within local educational standards.
For lifelong learners, we offer our free monthly "Making Waves" Lecture Series, held on the third Thursday of each month, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at our Discovery Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor. Please also check our events calendars for other free lectures, slideshows and presentations throughout the year.
You'll also find helpful and interesting information about the marine environment at Pacific Whale Foundation's Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program, offered at Ulua Beach in Wailea, throughout the year. During the winter, we also host a free Whale Information Station staffed by Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists at Papawai Point on Route 30 between Lahaina and Ma'alaea. They offer a wealth of information about whales along with helpful information on how to locate them from shore.
Our most significant educational effort is through our educational eco-adventure cruises. More than 3.5 million people have learned about the ocean through these tours, which are lead by Pacific Whale Foundation's Certified Marine Naturalists and are based on over three decades of ecotourism and marine research.