Fun for all ages!
Multiple cruise times daily, with flexible departure times! Whales sighted year-round!
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Providing Southern California students with an exceptional whale watching experience for over 20 years!
Newport Landing Whale Watching has served public schools, private schools and homeschool groups, & has provided students with an exceptional whale watching experience for over 20 years. Each year over 400 groups from the Los Angeles and the Southern California region come out on one of our whale watching trips. Whale watching cruises not only focus on viewing large whales & dolphins, but we cover the complete marine ecosystem, offering a unique learning environment that many students are exposed to for the very first time on one of our cruises.
Newport Landing Whale Watching strives to share our love of marine life with the public with the hope of spreading greater awareness of cetaceans and environmental stewardship of the ocean. Newport Landing provides a year-round comprehensive learning experience with an enjoyable, educational and engaging curriculum designed around the California State Board of Education's standards for learning. Click below to find out how our fieldtrip experience can meet the science standards for your grade level.
FOR TEACHERSClick below to view a list of downloadable links of Curriculum Packets and Activity Sheets per grade level.
Pre-Trip Curriculum Packets:
Grades K-2 Whale Watch Curriculum
Grades K-2 New Curriculum Ideas
Grades 3-5 Whale Watch Curriculum
Grades 3-6 Pre Trip Lesson Plan
Grades 6-8 Whale Watch Curriculum
Grades 9-12 Whale Watch Curriculum
Post Trip Activity Sheets:
Whale & Dolphin Information:
Orca (Killer Whale)
Sei & Bryde’s Whale
Pacific White Sided Dolphin
Additional Fun and Educational Activities:
OUR WHALE WATCHING EXPERIENCE INCLUDES...
- A fieldtrip aboard one of our safe and insured vessels to potentially view whales, dolphins, sea lions and marine birds.
- Knowledgeable crew members on board the vessel to give information and answer questions about the sightings, boat and other related inquiries.
- Newport Landing is also offering the option for an onboard American Cetacean Society Naturalist to accompany your class out on the water to answer any questions, and entertain the students throughout the trip. *dependent on naturalist availability
- In class presentation with marine mammal artifacts by an American Cetacean Society Naturalist before your trip. *dependent on distance and naturalist availability
- Grade level appropriate curriculum packets that can be printed and used to brief students on what they may be seeing on their trip and how it connects with what they are studying (see links below).
- Post trip activity sheets that connect with state standards that may be printed and given to students as a follow up learning activity (see links below).
Our whale watching trips are between 2 - 2.5 hours in length daily.
10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
May - October Sightings
During this season, we get to see:
November - April Sightings
During this season, we get to see:
Meet Our Educators
Marine Education Program Manager
Jessica is our education coordinator and whale watching naturalist for Newport Whales. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and extensive hands-on experience in marine biology. Not only does she enjoy teaching others about the wonders of the ocean, but she spends much of her free time as a volunteer for several organizations working with marine mammals, penguins, and sharks just to name a few. She's an avid S.C.U.B.A. diver, and our on-the-water educational programs have created a great platform for her to engage with youth, teach them about marine life and get them excited about our oceans. Who knew learning could be so fun!
Marine Science Educator
Erica is the newest member of Newport Whales' Education Department. Even though she grew up landlocked in North Dakota, whales have always been her
#1 passion. In 2011 she followed her heart and moved to the coast to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. In the last five years she has worked on marine research and whale watching boats in British Columbia, New Zealand, Washington, Monterey Bay, and now plans to make Newport Beach home! She loves to be on the water and especially loves answering questions and sharing her knowledge with students.
Marine Science Educator
Jill joined Newport Whales after a 13-year career with the United States Coast Guard as a Marine Science Technician and a civilian employee. After working for environmental change at the policy and enforcement level, she decided the best way to affect change is through education. Jill has a dedication and passion for all things ocean-science, especially cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and is continuing her education in Marine Biology and informal science education at California State University, Long Beach.
REQUEST AN ONBOARD MARINE SCIENCE NATURALIST ON YOUR CRUISE
Our trained staff are both well versed in Marine Biology but also in outdoor education. Adding on a naturalist to your whale watching trip can be a great way to enhance your day on the water with additional information, whale and dolphin artifacts, NGSS aligned discussions and a perfect way to get a Marine Science expert in front of your students to help answer all those questions they will have on the boat. They will accompany your students and staff for the full 2.5hr trip.
To inquire about pricing and scheduling your whale watching trip with a staff naturalist please contact: email@example.com or by calling Jessica at: 949-675-0551x118
Book a Classroom Marine Science Naturalist to substitute or enhance your whale watching trip!
Our education staff can come to you! We can travel anywhere in the Orange County area for a flat rate, and outside of the OC for additional costs. Our Marine Science educators will be prepared with a 30-60min powerpoint about a topic of your choice (Whales & Dolphins, What to Expect, How to Spot a Whale, etc.) The in class educator will also bring with them realistic artifacts of marine mammals, and can incorporate an NGSS lesson into the in class visit. This is a perfect way to get a Marine Science expert in front of your students to help answer all those questions they might have before they join us on the boat.
To inquire about pricing and scheduling on of our naturalists to visit you in the classroom please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Jessica at: 949-675-0551x118
Newport Landing works closely with the non-profit organization, The American Cetacean Society of Orange County (ACS-OC). Based upon request and availability, your class has the option for an onboard Marine Mammal Naturalist to accompany your group on the water, and answer any questions they may have. Request an in-class presentation by one of our knowledgeable ACS-OC volunteers (subject to availability). Captains and Crew members also provide full narration and are available for questions during your trip.
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