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EDUCATION


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Education is an essential tool to help ensure that people make sound conservation-minded decisions in their everyday lives.


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STUDENTS


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FOR STUDENTS WITH DREAMS OF BECOMING BIOLOGISTS, the chance to work and study in an immersive and pristine field environment can be life-changing, and there are few places more inspiring than Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Whale Foundation was created to assist individuals who needed financial and logistical support to achieve their marine-related research goals.  Today, AWF remains committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of biologists. AWF provides mentorship and financial assistance to graduate students, and invites undergraduate students to participate in field work.  In 2014, the organization expanded its commitment to education by developing the Center for Coastal Conservation, a facility that provides ongoing support for graduate students and exciting new opportunities for volunteers.  AWF also plans to develop accredited university field courses that will be offered at the CREC.  CLICK HERE to learn how you can get involved.

AWF is proud of its commitment to supporting graduate students, like Sean Hanser who completed his PhD research on aspects of the social and vocal ecology of Southeast Alaska humpback whales with the organizations help

AWF is proud of its commitment to supporting graduate students, like Sean Hanser who completed his PhD research on aspects of the social and vocal ecology of Southeast Alaska humpback whales with the organizations help

Volunteers, like University of Alaska Southeast undergraduate student Emma Blouin, are integral to AWF’s research program, and gain invaluable hands-on experience that will serve them well as they pursue careers in marine biology

Volunteers, like University of Alaska Southeast undergraduate student Emma Blouin, are integral to AWF’s research program, and gain invaluable hands-on experience that will serve them well as they pursue careers in marine biology

Student participation blog

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The Ebb and Flow of Humpback Vocalizations

Because the tides have such a strong presence in the region and could be partially responsible for regulating the availability of the food supply, could they affect the humpbacks’ behavior? 

Andy Rogan is a globetrotting marine mammal biologist who spent the summer at the Coastal Research & Education Center. Andy shares his initial impressions of Southeast Alaska and reflects on the research potential of this uniquely wild region.


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WHALES ARE "CHARISMATIC MEGAFAUNA" - big critters that captivate our hearts and imagination – and learning about how they live and interact with their environment can open our minds to many important conservation issues.

Each summer, AWF engages thousands of people on tour vessels and in Alaskan communities with whale-centered presentations and lectures.  These serve to introduce people to the amazing critters that inhabit the coastal waters of Southeast Alaska, but equally, they raise awareness of conservation concerns, such as climate change, anthropogenic noise and marine mammal/fisheries interactions, that face the region. And when people are informed, they're more likely to support necessary conservation efforts.  The organization is expanding its outreach program by establishing a permanent research and education center and developing a citizen-science program that will educate tourists while involving them in collecting important marine mammal data.

AWF meets with several thousand Southeast Alaska visitors annually on tour vessels, such as the National Geographic Sea Lion, to educate them on important conservation issues facing the region and its wildlife

AWF meets with several thousand Southeast Alaska visitors annually on tour vessels, such as the National Geographic Sea Lion, to educate them on important conservation issues facing the region and its wildlife

Whales are great subjects for introducing ecological concepts and environmental concerns to school kids, such as these 2nd graders learning about ocean food-webs in Sitka Alaska

Whales are great subjects for introducing ecological concepts and environmental concerns to school kids, such as these 2nd graders learning about ocean food-webs in Sitka Alaska

Recent blog posts on our outreach program

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Return of the Humpbacks Celebrated in an IMAX Film

In 2011 AWF took the MacGillivray IMAX team on a 2-week film cruise through Southeast Alaska.