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Let's Go Whale Watching in Glacier Bay!

Park Researcher studying Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay.

Come aboard! Let's go whale watching!

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Glacier Bay is home to one of the world's most intriguing marine mammals, the endangered Humpback Whale.  Each year these whales make a 2,000 mile journey from their breeding grounds in Hawaii to the cold, nutrient rich waters of the North Pacific. Once in Alaska, they spend their entire summer, up to 23 hours per day, feeding on small schooling fish. In a single gulp, a humpback whale takes in more water (15,000 gallons) than a typical home uses in 5 months. A whale's tongue alone weighs 1 ton, which a whale uses to press all that water through its built-in, food filter - its baleen. While the statistics are astounding, they can not describe the beauty and uniqueness of each individual.

Come join a Glacier Bay Park Ranger on an interactive journey to learn more about this endangered species. Students will take a look at how Humpback Whales interact with their environment and what Park Researches are doing to protect them. 

How to Participate

Have you and your students ever dreamed of visiting a National Park in Alaska? You are in luck! Through this free, interactive program, students can take a virtual field trip to Glacier Bay National Park located in Southeast Alaska.
If your school has videoconferencing equipment, your class now has the opportunity to experience a LIVE interactive visit to Glacier Bay. During the program, students will be interacting with a ranger to identify whale behaviors, play a whale tail matching game, and ask questions!

2015 Scheduling and Registration:
Rangers will be available to present programs in January and February, 2015.

Spaces are limited, and programs are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will start taking program reservations on October 1, 2013.

We will start taking program reservations on October 1, 2014.

Please contact us with further questions:

Steve Schaller

Glacier Bay Education Coordinator
(907) 697-2650
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Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Marine Biology, Oceans
National/State Standards:
NS. K-4.3 Life Sciences:
Characteristics of Organisms, Life Cycles of Organisms, Organisms and Their Enviornments
NS. K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives: Changes in Environment
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