PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION
A BENEFIT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF OCEAN STEWARDS
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 while funds last. For many participants, this is their first time seeing humpback whales from a boat.
Last year, we were able to offer this program to students on Molokai and Lana’i for the first time ever, thanks to the generosity of people like you. Through the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Annual Online Auction, we hope to sustain this program into 2019 and to help ensure that all children are able to enjoy outdoor environmental education programs.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Being hands-on is especially important because it allows students to engage in kinesthetic learning and provides educators with a unique opportunity to enrich the minds of their students in new and engaging ways.
Children need science role models. Learning science through direct inquiry helps develop critical thinking and self-efficacy, and it improves grades across the board. The evidence is clear.
82.7% of Hawai‘i students graduate with a diploma. By working with schools, we hope to level the playing field for our youth through the principle of laulima, which means “many hands” and promotes working together cooperatively.