Posted on: September 10, 2012

Queensland School Classes Enrolled for Whalewatch Cruises and Classroom Programs with PWF


Dozens of Queensland school-aged children will be learning about whales through classroom programs and school whalewatch field trips this spring, through the new marine education programs offered by Pacific Whale Foundation in Australia.
Six school classes from St. Mary's College, Xavier Catholic College, Urangan Point State School, Sandy Straight State School and Riverside Christian College have enrolled in Pacific Whale Foundation's marine education programs so far this year.
The students, ranging from Grade 2 through Grade 10, will be embarking on a four and a half hour whalewatch excursion into Hervey Bay within Great Sandy Marine Park to view humpback whales, dugong, common dolphin and humpback dolphins, laggerhead sea turtles, seabirds- and maybe even a dingo on the beach of Fraser Island.  The whalewatch tours will be guided by Pacific Whale Foundation's  professional marine educators with classroom and field program experience. Pacific Whale Foundation researchers and certified marine naturalists will also be onboard.
The students will be visited at their school by one of Pacific Whale Foundation's educators, who will lead a 45 minute interactive presentation in preparation for the whalewatch cruise. Teachers choose from a range of themes offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, including "Sense-sational Cetaceans" for preschoolers, "Mammals Like Me" for kindergarten and first graders, "Whales and Dolphins" for second and third graders, "Singing and Sonar" for third and fourth graders, and "Food for Thought" for fifth and sixth grade students.
For secondary students, the themes include "Humpback Mating and Dating," "Humpback Whales- Interpreting Behaviors" and "Humpback Whales- Anatomy and Physiology."
"These programs are based on more than thirty years of experience in offering  innovative marine education programs like these to students in preschool through secondary school," says Merrill Kaufman, Education Manager. "We've served thousands of children during that time; in fact, we are now serving the children of some of the now-grown 'kids' we had served back in the 1980s."
Pacific Whale Foundation is offering school class whalewatch tours in Australia through October 26. These cruises depart Urangan Pier at 0800 and return at 12:30. The price is $21.00 per student. Teachers and classroom aides go free, per the chaperone requirements defined by Pacific Whale Foundation. The cruises take place aboard the 28 metre vessel Explorer, just back from an extensive $2.4 million interior upgrade. There is no additional charge for the classroom presentation for those classes that are also going on a school group whalewatch tour. The goal is to support the educational objectives of the field excursion experience through the classroom preparation.
“Explorer is safe, comfortable and features wrap-around viewing decks, so that all students will experience a great view of the whales,” says Kaufman. “We also have a children’s area on board, where students can gather and interact with our researchers and Certified Marine Naturalist.”
Pacific Whale Foundation began studying humpback whales in Australia in 1984, and first came to Hervey Bay in 1988 to conduct field research and provide support to the developing whalewatch ecotourism industry. Pacific Whale Foundation has returned nearly every year, to study whales and add to its catalog of more than 5,000 individually
identified humpback whales.
To book a whalewatch and/or classroom presentation, teachers should be prepared with the age level, student, teacher and adult supervisor counts for your group.  Teachers who will be scheduling a classroom presentation are asked to choose a theme for the classroom presentation.
Teachers should then phone Pacific Whale Foundation at 61 074194 6851. Teachers will need to provide a credit card number or school PO number at the time of booking.
To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation in Australia, please visit