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Educational Resources

Let's learn about whales and dolphins!

Things are pretty upended right now so we are here to help! Whether you are turning to homeschooling, you are a teacher looking for material, or you just need something to entertain yourself and your kids, check out our educational material to help all ages learn more about whales and dolphins!

As we gather more material, make sure you occasionally check back to see what else we added!

For educators, we also offer virtual presentations that you can share with your classroom! Pick out one of the topics that we covered in our Facebook Live streams or do a Q/A with a marine biologist! For more details, email us at contact@whales.org. 

 

In June, we have fun and free virtual events that are perfect for all ages. Be sure to check them out below!

  • New England Whale Festival - June 8, 9, & 11 - includes workshops on how to turn trash into art, book readings, artists, and a panel of whale experts with the opportunity for you to ask questions!
  • Orca Action Month - all June - includes daily activities that you can do at home for prizes, weekly craft live streams, orca happy hour chats, trivia and a orca movie screening!

Activities

 

For those that just enjoy coloring, Lisa Joan Art has some beautiful coloring pages that you can download!

We have a new challenge for students to further their at-home learning AND become ocean advocates.

Become a Dolphin Defender!

The program is perfect for kids of all ages (younger kids may need some help from someone older) and you get a fun certificate from us at the end!

Do you think a whale could fit in your driveway? Try it in our activity where you can measure out the lengths of different species of whales to visualize how truly big they are!

Download it here.

Workbooks

We are so excited to offer both of our activity books to keep you occupied! Dive into the world of Southern Resident orcas and learn the story of Coral, the humpback whale, all while doing some fun activities!

Videos

Bring whales home to you!

Watch our video and learn about the cool marine creatures that live in the Gulf of Maine!

Want to use this video as a learning activity? We made a worksheet to go with it, which includes questions for grades 1 -12!

Download the worksheet

On Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm EDT, join us on Facebook Live as we talk whales! Every week, we host a fun and interactive live stream of a variety of topics with whales. If you missed the last couple of weeks, you can watch the previous videos on our Youtube page.

Topics have included baleen, species spotlights, photo identification of humpbacks, biomimicry, introduction to policy, and more!

For additional educational fun, you can download some correlating worksheets.

Follow WDC on social media for more fun facts, cute pictures and opportunities!

Shout Outs!

Our colleagues are also doing awesome and educational things during these times. We encourage you to check them out!

Additional great opportunities from other organizations include:

Amazing facts about whales and dolphins

Dive deeper into the world of whales and dolphins and learn more about their lives.

A humpback whale pokes its head partway out of the water, a behavior called spyhopping
two dolphins diving down out of the water
Northern Resident orca, Fife, swimming at the surface
Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Facts about whales

Amazing facts about whales, the largest mammals to live on Earth.

Facts about dolphins

From the orca to the tiny vaquita, learn more about these creatures.

Record breakers

Whales and dolphins hold some incredible records.

Brain power

Just how intelligent are whales and dolphins?