Last updated: February 14, 2018
Let's Go Whale Watching in Glacier Bay!
- Grade Level:
- Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
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 Researchers are doing to protect them.
How to Participate
Rangers are available to present programs in January and February.
There are two ways to request a program:
- Register through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration OR
- Email your request with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact us with questions or call us at 907-697-2573.
We look forward to visiting with your class!