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Whale Bus Outreach


Join us for a whale of a time!

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 Flyer here!

Whale Bus Outreach Details

At your site we will need:

  • The same room, uninterrupted for all presentations
  • 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 the presentation
  • Convenient, unrestricted parking for the Whale Bus
  • Assistance unloading and loading specimens
  • 15 minutes between presentations
  • Programs with PowerPoint presentations require a darkened room with a screen or blank wall

Group size:

  • 20 participants (including chaperones) for Preschool and Kindergarten groups
  • 30 participants (including chaperones) for Grades 1st - 12th

Presentation length:

  • 45 minutes for Preschool - 1st Grade
  • One Hour for 2nd - 12th Grade

(All prices are subject to change without notice.)

  • 2 Programs $350
  • 3 Programs $450
  • 4 Programs $550
  • Payment is due in full one month in advance of your scheduled program.

Whale Bus Availability:

Whale Bus Presentation Topics


Program Topics

Pre-K to 1st

Flippers, Flukes and Fur

2nd to 5th

Wonderful Whales 

6th to 12th 

Adventures in Anatomy 

 Grades Pre-K to 1st

 Flippers, Flukes and Fur

Using stories, puppets and dress-up; students will learn what it is like to be a sea otter, seal, dolphin and whale. 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 how they can help ocean life and keep our oceans clean.

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Grades 2nd to 5th

 Wonderful Whales

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.

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Grades 6th to 12th

 Adventures in Anatomy

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.

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