The Junior Whale Whisperer Program calls for marine research education enthusiasts in grades five and six to take part in a fun learning experience which fits within the prescribed science curriculum. In 2013 more than 300 Queensland primary school students graduated as ‘Junior Whale Whisperers’ with glowing reports from teachers and Students alike.
The ‘Junior Whale Whisperer’ program focuses on the annual migration of Humpback whales along the Queensland coast between June and October each year. The program is comprised of three elements:
- A school talk from a specialist whale expert – a key component of the program includes a visit to your school by an expert who will give an introduction to humpback whales; an explanation of whale migration; how to identify whales; how humans track and communicate with whales.
- Classroom resource pack featuring educational activities, fact sheets and information for teachers. Every child who participates will receive: Certificate of participation / accreditation as a Junior Whale Whisperer and a Junior Whale Whisperer t-shirt
- An art competition where one class will win a whale watching excursion to Hervey Bay. The final step to becoming an accredited Junior Whale Whisperer is an art competition which invites students to creatively demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge of whales. To help schools integrate the art competition into lesson plans, teachers can choose whether their class will enter: In small groups, or as a whole class project.
Submissions can take any tangible form (from a poster to a mini-whale replica) and will be judged by our panel of Hervey Bay experts on two key criteria:
- Demonstration of whale knowledge, and
- Creativity and effort
The winning entry will win their class a day trip to Hervey Bay including a whale watching experience on the bay and a visit to the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere – a new interactive whale centre
We will also be looking to secure local media coverage around your school’s involvement in the Junior Whale Whisperer program.