Gray Whales:
A Celebration of Conservation
A Virtual Research Mission to Study Gray Whales


Southwest Fisheries Science Center,
NOAA Fisheries Service

  Next Mission: Spring 2015  


Part of WhaleTimes Taking Science Deeper programs

ENROLLING for April 2015 NOW!
Gray whales and Kids! Another winner for classrooms by WhaleTimes.

For Immediate release:

       Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation, the newest WhaleTimes' Virtual Research Mission

APRIL 2014: Classrooms across the country will celebrate the recovery of gray whales in the eastern North Pacific when they join researchers from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center / NOAA Fisheries Service and WhaleTimes to learn more about gray whale research through the Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation education program.

The Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation highlights the astounding success of the gray whale recovery and current research to monitor the gray whale population. In 2014, researchers counted 431 newborn calves. The eastern gray whale story, from endangered to thriving, is a beacon of hope for other conservation efforts. Once nearly extinct, conservation efforts lead to the population rebounding and its eventual removal from the endangered species list in 1994. Today, about 20,000 of these bus-sized beauties thrive along the Pacific Coast of North America. That's a definite cause for celebration!

Celebration of Conservation creates a connection between students and SWFSC/NOAA biologists. Students join SWFSC biologists at the Piedras Blancas (California) field station.

This is the third year SWFSC scientists have invited classrooms ‘into’ the gray whale research station. Students learn about the importance of monitoring and counting mother-calf pairs, photo identification of individual whales, and more. As students discover more about gray whale research, they can ask questions and participate in activities inspired by the scientists' emails and research.

Celebration of Conservation  meets national and state Core Curriculum, STEM, and Ocean Literacy Standards.

Grades: K-6, best for 3-6th grade

Currently, we're filling scholarship spots. To earn scholarship enrollment, teacher provides a 500 word (maximum) description of how she/he will incorporate the Celebration of Conservation into their classroom conservation, STEM, or other curriculum.

FEE: $35/classroom. Includes one poster.

Enrollment is limited.

Questions or to enroll, please email us at graywhales2015@[this website]

 (no brackets of course. We apologize for not providing a direct link, but this helps reduce spam)


Costs of this event funded by a NOAA Internal Education Funding Opportunity,  the rest is time and effort generously donated by WhaleTimes and SWFSC staff and scientists. Thank you science team!


NOTE: Missions and dates are subject to change. Weather sometimes causes changes, delays, or cancellations of cruises. Detailed information is provided after enrollment.

DEEP REVIEWS of WhaleTimes Virtual Missions:
Teachers are raving about their Creep into the Deep and Bold in the Cold experiences.  Here are just a few comments we've received:

    “…an unprecedented opportunity to learn about research at sea…"

   "...Offered our landlocked students a unique opportunity to learn more about the oceans from deep sea explorers…"

   "...I love that it was interactive and students were able to [connect] with the scientists"

"...The entire Bold in the Cold experience was amazing; so many teachable moments outside of my regular curriculum!"

Missed the last gray whale research mission? Read a couple mission logs from a past mission our science team:

Read sample Seamails from a Bold in the Cold Virtual Team Mission

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