Finding solutions to the threats facing whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats begins with educating people worldwide about these magnificent ambassadors of the oceans.

ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter representatives regularly attend local, regional, and statewide events, fairs, and whale festivals. Each event is an opportunity to increase community understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises and build a stronger collective desire to protect and conserve these incredible animals and their habitats. 

We offer a variety of educational tools and programs which are of interest to both global and local audiences. The educational resources available on our website include our Cetacean Curriculum and Fact Sheets which are easy-to-understand teaching aids for self-study, and traditional curricula. These materials can be used in all levels of schools, from elementary to college, promoting cetacean and ocean habitat education and appreciation. 

ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter works with schools to create tailored educational programs.  We recently partnered with Citizen Schools to develop a 10 week curriculum course that their middle schools can incorporate into their class programs and student ocean clubs.  Please use the contact form below to inquire about how American Cetacean Society San Francisco Bay Chapter can work with you to put together a cetacean education program for your school. 

We also offer an annual ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter Naturalist Certification course for those who would like to learn more about Bay Area marine species and become more involved in our education efforts. Once trained, our naturalists are able to help other community members observe and interpret our local marine habitat and deepen the collective understanding of cetaceans.  Our certified naturalists are also able to represent our chapter on tours, in classroom visits, at festival exhibits, and at other events in the Bay Area.  Join our mailing list so that you'll be notified when our next annual Naturalist Certification course will be offered in 2019.

Through our various education efforts, ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter gives the public access to deeper connection with local marine wildlife and to the people who work to understand and protect cetaceans. The result is community connections that enrich the lives of everyone involved.


Cetacean Curriculum

This 46-page teaching guide is a fun and exciting tool for educators interested in introducing their students to whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The curriculum uses a multi-disciplinary approach to learning about cetaceans, and encourages inquiry through hands-on activities and engaging different learning styles. Intended as a dynamic portal leading to more in-depth engagement into the world of cetaceans and their habitats, the curriculum covers topics ranging from cetacean anatomy and evolutionary adaptations to life in aquatic environments to habitat health and how to draw whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

Best suited for grades K-5, this eclectic and experiential curriculum is available at no-cost and has been used by over two million teachers, students, and parents worldwide.

Download A Free Copy of Our Cetacean Curriculum

contact us about education opportunities 

We welcome opportunities to work with students of all ages as they represent hope for the future of cetacean conservation!  If you'd like to work with us to create a class, program, or club please use the form below to contact us and a member of our education team will get back to you. 

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