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Killer Whale Tales
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Project Title:
Killer Whale Tales: Kids Making a Difference Now!
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2019
Project Description:

Killer Whales Tale’s overarching goal is to promote the conservation of the Puget Sound/Salish Sea waters and the orca population that depends upon it, by providing a high-quality environmental education programming for kindergarten through 6th grade students and their families, at no-cost to the participating schools. In 2018, they reached 8,000 students at 100 schools throughout Puget Sound. Their innovative curriculum uses the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population, a species with complex individual and social behaviors, to capture children’s attention and imaginations and inspire them to become stewards of the Puget Sound. Students are fascinated by Orcas’ complex communication systems and matriarchal pods. When they learn about the species, they naturally begin to care about it and are eager to learn what they and their families can do to reduce their 47 impact on the region’s habitat. Each student receives a “go home” kit that helps their families reduce their impacts on Orca’s by conserving water and energy, increasing recycling and composting, reducing pesticide usage, and buying chlorine-free paper. Detailed follow-up tracking documents achievement of these simple steps which cumulatively add up to a cleaner Puget Sound.