Education

Kids camp at the beachAt Pacific Whale Foundation, we work to educate the public from a scientific prospective.

Elementary, middle-school and high-school students participate in hands-on science labs at our Discovery Center, field trips (including whale watches, 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.