Join the Washington State Parks Foundation and Killer Whale Tales for an exciting Journey to the Parks! During this interactive distance learning event students will virtually travel to Washington’s Lime Kiln Point State Park located on the west side of the San Juan Island. This park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from the historic lighthouse that serves as a navigational beacon for ships in the Haro Strait.
Killer Whale enthusiast, researcher and Executive Director of Killer Whale Tales environmental science curriculum, Jeff Hogan, will engage students in orca identification and research including 1) the four specific criteria that whale researchers use to identify individual whales and 2) why tracking individual whales, and therefore identification, is an important part of whale research. Students will participate in a hands-on/minds-on activity where they will experience what it is like to communicate through sound and sound only. Students will identify different orca pods based on recordings of the Puget Sound orca pods.
May is the beginning of the return of the Orcas to the Salish Sea they are often seen swimming past Lime Kiln State Park. In addition to whale watching, students participate in a virtual park tour and a sneak peek at whale biologists hard at work. Keep your eyes open--you never know when a pod might swim past!