Education

education team in the field with kidsWe 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 in Maui, Hawaii.

Our educational field trips include whale watches, dolphin watches, tidepool explorations, at-sea marine research and environmental conservation experiences.

We provide internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain experience in marine education, research and conservation advocacy.

During school breaks and summer, we offer 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 6pm to 7:30pm at our Discovery Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor. Check our events calendars for other free lectures, slideshows and presentations throughout the year.

Kids camp at the beachYou'll 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 host a free Whale Information Station staffed by our Certified Naturalists at Papawai Point on Route 30 between Lahaina and Ma'alaea.

One of our most significant educational effort is through eco-adventure cruises. More than 3.5 million people have learned about ocean wildlife and conservation through our award winning eco-tours. Each cruise is lead by Pacific Whale Foundation Certified Marine Naturalists using an educational program rooted in over 30 years of ecotourism and marine research.