I vividly remember saving my allowance to adopt a whale. Receiving the personalized package in the mail with the photo of ‘my whale’ was so exciting.
My whale was named Quioxte.
Reading about the importance of whale conservation efforts really helped me appreciate the delicate balance of nature, and how one little kid could make a difference. It brings the wild world to your doorstep.
Here is the official Whale Adoption Website (WDC) which is a registered non-profit. You can even choose your own humpback or orca! They also have a bunch of gifts – including plantable whale poop (that made me giggle so your kids probably will too).
The Adoption Includes:
- A Personalized Whale Adoption Certificate.
- Full-Color Folder And Brochure About Whales.
- Your Adopted Whale’s Story.
- A full-color family tree with each family member’s fluke or dorsal fin (which identifies each individual)
- A WDC Window Decal For You To Show The World You Love Whales
Photo Credit: Whale Adoption from WDC
You will receive a monthly email update about your whale and their family and ‘friends’ where you learn what your whale might be doing or where it is at that time of the year. You also receive an update about what WDC is doing to help protect these graceful creatures.
WHALE RELATED IDEAS
Nothing can compare to seeing a whale in the wild. It is truly life changing. Seeing such beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, curiously coming close enough to see their eyes, is an experience you will never forget.
If you can’t get in a boat right now, here’s an interesting video for kids that takes you whale watching from your sofa. Keep playing it at the end and you will hear whale songs too!
If you go in person someday, just be sure to choose a charter who is known for being respectful of nature, does not crowd or harass the animals, and is respectful of the ocean and it’s creatures.
- As you receive updates about your whale, pin the location (or use dry erase markers) on a fun map. You can learn about geography and migration and follow your new friend’s travels at the same time. Or make your own map!
- For a different map option, there’s also this type of large peel-and-stick animal wall map. I kind of want one. You could track them using small removable stickers like these inexpensive ones. Or just use stickie-notes and write the date when your whale was spotted.
We loved listening to the haunting, calming songs of the humpback whale. Want to hear them too?
Every kid needs to see Free Willy! We watched that movie so many times, always wishing we were the ones trying to save the whale!
Ages 6+ : Educational and fun. This 100 piece is good quality and offers 20 different species of whales and dolphins
Ages 4+: Whale shaped puzzle, nice and easy, 50 pieces
Ages 2-5: National Geographic Whales (designed for pre-readers)
Ages 6-10 : Fun facts about whales and dolphins, quizzes and projects
Whales and Dolphins. Fun and educational with fact filled captions
The Big Sis