The Marine Mammal Center, based in Kailua-Kona, is launching a new live virtual program for senior elementary teachers and their students across the state of Hawaii.
The program, Seal Stories, encourages students to find solutions to the state’s most difficult conservation threats. The program will consist of six sessions starting March 30 and running weekly through May 4. The program provides conservation education and allows teachers and students to connect with experts at the Center on a comprehensive set of environmental challenges in the state.
“The global pandemic has created many barriers to fill a critical gap in programs and in-person lessons. Through Seal Stories, we are thrilled to provide an exciting live virtual learning opportunity for senior elementary school youth across the state of Hawaii, ”said Wendy Marks, School and Youth Programs Manager in Hawaii, at the Marine Mammal Center. “By engaging students around their passion for ocean conservation, we hope to create a community of leaders to address some of today’s most pressing local environmental challenges.”
The Marine Mammal Center hospital, Ke Kai Ola, is dedicated to the conservation of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. The Centre’s team of staff and volunteers have rehabilitated more than 33 monk seals and reached thousands of people each year through its community and educational programs.
Award-winning educators at the Center have crafted Seal Stories to present uplifting messages of hope and empowerment on current environmental issues. Each virtual session includes stories from Hawaiian monk seal patients, guest panelists, and classroom follow-up activities. The sessions feature stories from individual Hawaiian monk marine patients, as well as solutions to threats facing marine mammals and our ocean, such as climate change, ocean litter, disease, and the impacts of human interaction.
Participants have the option of registering for one or all of the six sessions. There is no charge to participate in the program, but teachers must register in advance to get the Zoom link for each session through the Centre’s website.
Register for the program here.
Full program of the session:
Tuesday March 30 | 9:30 a.m. HST: Seal Stories Session 1 – Hawaiian Island Seals
Tuesday April 6 | 9:30 a.m. HST: Seal Stories Session 2 – Maui Nui Seals
Tuesday April 13 | 9:30 a.m. HST: Seal Stories Session 3 – Oʽahu Seals
Tuesday April 20 | 9:30 a.m. HST: Session 4 Seal Stories – Seals of Kauaʽi
Tuesday April 27 | 9:30 a.m. HST: Seals Stories Session 5 – Seals of Papahānaumokuākea (Part 1)
Tuesday May 4 | 9:30 a.m. HST: Seals Stories Session 6 – Seals of Papahānaumokuākea (Part 2)
Register online: MarineMammalCenter.org/education/educators/seal-stories
The Centre’s online learning resources and programs reach thousands of students across the United States, including those who don’t live on the coast, connecting them to marine mammals and our ocean. By expanding communities’ access to ocean conservation and marine science learning opportunities, the Center aims to provide the next generation of engaged citizens with not only inspiration, but also opportunities to face threats. for the health of the oceans.
All Marine Mammal Center programs, including Seal Stories, are aligned or connected to Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Program.