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Online Learning Resources

The Marine Mammal Center’s award-winning educators are providing new online learning resources on a weekly basis intended to aid families and teachers in guiding youth of all ages to learn more about marine mammal health, science and conservation.

Activities & Experiences

Stewardship Saturday: Career Panel with The Marine Mammal Center Staff

May 27, 2020

Considering making stewardship part of your career path? Watch this recorded version of our first-ever Stewardship Saturday event to be inspired by how some of our staff at The Marine Mammal Center have done just that. We also encourage you to reflect on the experience and share some feedback with us.

Make plans to join us for other upcoming virtual programs, including our monthly Stewardship Saturday events for high-school students.

Aloha ʻĀina

May 19, 2020

You already know that littering is not good for the planet. Not only does it make our Earth dirty, it also makes it unsafe for animals. In Hawaiʻi, there is a saying: “Aloha ʻĀina.” This means to love and respect the land. Download Aloha ʻĀina to learn more about what you can do to help respect our planet and help Hawaiian monk seals like Nihoʽole.

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Finding Fish for Furnado

May 13, 2020

Climate change affects marine mammals in many ways. Students ages 10 and up can learn more about one of our former patients, northern fur seal Furnado, the role climate change plays in his environment, and what you can do to help reduce the effects of climate change. Download Finding Fish for Furnado.

Marine Mammal Monday: Saving Species

May 4, 2020

Ever wondered what it really means for an animal to be endangered? Watch this recorded version of May’s Marine Mammal Monday. Join us on the first Monday of each month for a live broadcast of new topics through our Facebook page. Learn more and RSVP here.

Follow along with this activity guide or test your knowledge after the broadcast (there’s an answer key if you get stuck). Then dive deeper into the world of monk seals and other endangered species with this learning activity for youth ages 10 and up.

Domoic Acid Attack

April 24, 2020

This animated short highlights the impacts of domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by harmful algal blooms that affects both marine mammals and humans. The film was directed and written by Pixar animator Bret Parker, with animation and production completed by students at the California College of the Arts in collaboration with The Marine Mammal Center.

But what causes the harmful algal blooms that produce domoic acid and how can we reduce the impacts? After you watch, play a family-friendly game of “I Spy” to learn how you can make a difference today.

Take a Sea-t at the Table

April 21, 2020

Discover how people around the world come together to share and enjoy sustainable seafood. Set your table with your amazing work from this week and get ready for some fin-tastic dinner conversation! Download Take a Sea-t at the Table.

Marine Cuisine

April 20, 2020

The otter-ly adorable Yankee Doodle shows us how a variety of restaurant quality sustainable seafood can be the best choice when it comes to living sustainably. Find sustainable seafood options and business near you through our partners at Seafood Watch to check where your food is coming from, be sure you’re eating sustainable seafood and support responsible local businesses. Download Marine Cuisine.

Whale-y Big Ideas

April 19, 2020

Help us dream up the future of sustainable fishing by designing your own marine mammal-friendly gear! We encourage you to dream as big as some of our biggest patients to create a sea change for a more sustainable future. Download Whale-y Big Ideas.

Mālama i nā ʻĪlioholoikauaua

April 18, 2020

Hawaiian monk seal patients like ‘Ākulikuli stay active during their time at Ke Kai Ola thanks to our generous and innovative partners. Let the aloha spirit inspire you with traditional pono (or virtuous) practices demonstrating centuries of sustainable living as well as new innovations from our partners in the Natural Energy Labs of Hawaiʻi Authority (NELHA) campus. Get inspired by solutions that are sustainable for humans and animals alike. Download Mālama i nā ʻĪlioholoikauaua.

All Caught Up

April 17, 2020

Learn about some of the different ways to catch seafood and how they can hurt or protect marine mammals like Calafia, a sea lion disentangled by The Marine Mammal Center and our partners in Mexico. Try out this quick activity to imagine what it might be like to be an animal entangled in trash. Download All Caught Up.

Download the Seafood Watch app and create a personalized guide based on what you like to eat.

Fish School

April 16, 2020

We work hard to find sustainable seafood for our patients … and even harder to get them to eat it! Learn what it’s like to be a northern elephant seal pup like Juanita in “fish school” and decorate your own sustainably caught fish like we feed patients at The Marine Mammal Center. Download Fish School.

In Search of Sustainability

April 15, 2020

What is sustainability? Living in ways that care for the planet and ocean we all share looks different for every family. Discover what sustainable choices you’re already making and new ways to care for our ocean—and the marine mammals that depend on it—when selecting seafood. Download In Search of Sustainability.

Check out this sample sustainability story for inspiration!

Save-a-Seal Song

April 13, 2020

We love The Marine Mammal Center so much we could sing about it! But this song is more than just a jingle. It’s a fun way to learn about some of our work at The Marine Mammal Center and the things YOU can do to help marine mammals, even at home!

Feeling inspired? Play along with this chords and lyric sheet! See how much you learn about The Marine Mammal Center while you sing along and write your own jingle. You can check your answers here in the answer key. Don’t forget to share your own jingle with us on social media by tagging us @themarinemammalcenter and using the hashtag #SingForSeals.

A Word with Dr. Whizzlepuff: Climate Change

April 6, 2020

This animated short highlights the science of climate change, its effects on marine mammals and actions we can take to reduce our global footprint. The film was directed and written by Pixar animator Bret Parker, with animation and production completed by students at the California College of the Arts in collaboration with The Marine Mammal Center. This animation was generously funded by the California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant Program as part of the Center's Climate Change Education Initiative.

Take your learning to the next level by playing Dr. Whizzlepuff Bingo as a family while you watch. See how you are already taking action on climate change and what more you can do to protect our ocean for humans and marine mammals alike.

Snapper’s Story

March 28, 2020

Read Snapper’s story as a family to “paint the picture” of how The Marine Mammal Center rescues marine mammals in need. Adults can use this guide to learn together and connect the story of Snapper to an interactive coloring sheet for children ages 4-8 years old. Download Snapper’s Story activity guide for ages 4-8.

SOS: Save Our Seals

March 28, 2020

Youth ages 9-13 years old discover the ways marine mammals can be harmed by human actions in this short investigation around the home. After completing the investigation, youth are encouraged to discuss with their families and friends, and create a campaign to spread the word and make a difference in their own actions and their community. Download Save Our Seals activity guide for ages 9-13

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Virtual Programs

Marine Mammal Monday

April 27, 2020

Join us live on the first Monday of each month at 4pm PT for a virtual program focused on an ever-changing variety of marine science topics. The presentations are free to the public and broadcast live on The Marine Mammal Center's Facebook page. Recorded presentations and additional activities will be posted online.

Learn more about this program and RSVP to let us know you plan to attend.

Curriculum for Teachers

Life By a Whisker Education Guides
These in-depth teacher guides for upper elementary and middle school students were created to accompany the “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker” IMAX film. This feature-length film documents the story of Australian sea lions and Dirk Holman – a marine scientist who monitors the native sea lion population along Australia’s southern coast. The film highlights the mission of The Marine Mammal Center as a model for global marine mammal conservation in which Holman seeks to acquire new skillsets and knowledge to bring back home. Download teacher guides for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8

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