Join us for a whale of a time!
Thanks to generous support from PG&E and Oracle, our Whale Bus marine science education program is expanding to serve schools in San Mateo! Turn your classroom into a marine mammal and ocean science classroom - get the Whale Bus at your kids school today!
The Whale Bus is a van that travels to your site transforming your classroom into a marine mammal museum with real specimens such as bones, pelts, and baleen. We bring an ocean field trip to your classroom! All presentations include hands-on activities and exploration of specimens. Presentations teach students about the lives of marine mammals as well as the bigger picture of caring for the marine environment. The Marine Mammal Center is a wildlife hospital; therefore, we do not bring live animals. Download our Whale Bus Outreach flyer here!
At your site we will need:
- The same room, uninterrupted for all programs
- 4 to 5 4x6 foot tables already set-up in a U shape in the room for specimens/activities
- Access to the room 1 hour before and after for set up and take down
- Convenient, restriction free parking for the Whale Bus
- Assistance unloading and loading the Whale Bus specimens
- 15 minutes between programs
- 20 participants (including chaperones) for Grades Preschool - 1st
- 30 participants (including chaperones) for Grades 2nd - 12th
- 45 minutes for Grades Preschool - 1st
- One house for Grades 2nd - 12th
- 2 Programs $350
- 3 Programs $450
- 4 Programs $550
- Fees subject to change without notice.
- Payment is due in full one month in advance of the scheduled program.
- Tuesday - Friday
To make a reservation fill out a reservation request below.
Using stories, puppets and dress-up; students will learn what it is like to be a sea otter, seal, whale and dolphin. With real marine mammal specimens, students will be able to feel the fur and baleen. Stories of past patients show students that human actions can both harm and help marine mammals. Students will leave knowing they can help ocean life and keep our oceans clean.
Grades 2nd to 5th
Beautiful, mysterious and magnificent, whales fascinate many of us. Students examine specimens, including baleen, krill and bones to learn about different types of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). Students assemble the skeleton of a pygmy sperm whale to learn about body parts and adaptations.
Grades 6th to 12th
Humans and marine mammals share many similar anatomical characteristics, yet they have adapted over time to thrive in different environments. Students compare human and marine mammal anatomy while assembling the skeleton of a pygmy sperm whale. Three stations using our unique specimen collection teach students about the anatomy, adaptations and feeding strategies of marine mammals.