We believe every student can be a “Watershed Hero!”
That’s why Coastkeeper created W.H.A.L.E.S.: Watershed Heroes – Actions Linking Education to Stewardship.
The program introduces local students to watershed and ecological concepts through in-class exercises and field trips at no cost to schools. Since 2005, the WHALES Program has reached thousands of junior high and high school students across Orange County … and we’re still growing!
The WHALES Program has gone virtual! We have transitioned some of our more popular field trip experiences to an online format. Coastkeeper education staff are guest speakers and can provide virtual water quality labs, presentations, and virtual tours!
Want to involve your school or class?
Coastkeeper offers free programs for science classes from Title 1 schools. Donation-based programs are available for schools that are not Title 1. The WHALES program currently has a waiting list.
Contact Education Director Michaela Coats at 714-850-1965 ext. 1005 or [email protected] to apply for a free or donation-based program.
“Costa Mesa High School environmental science students collect samples, data in the Back Bay” – Los Angeles Times, 04/03/2019
“Stingrays, sponges and snails teach Costa Mesa High students about coastal biodiversity” – Orange County Register, 04/03/2019
“Costa Mesa students go to class on the coast for a day” – Los Angeles Times, 03/18/2016
“Kids get a chance to be keepers of the coast” – OC Register, 10/18/2012
“San Onofre, Coastkeeper host kids” – San Clemente Patch, 10/18/2012