Whale, hello there! Learn about the whales who swim off our New England coast and then join a local whale watching trip to search for them! Created by marine biologist, Lindsay Hirt, Whales n’ Things will have your child exploring the local coastal areas, learning to observe as a naturalist does.
• Five-day, Monday to Friday program:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
• Optional extended care:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $50 per week and/or
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $95 per week
• Lunch: $45 per week, mandatory at Endicott College
• Apply for our Counselor in Training (CIT) program:
Rising 10th-12th grade students call (315) 773-5673
• Limited to 12 children, rising 5th to 9th grade
• $25 sibling or multi-session discount applies
• Call for your personal referral coupon code and save!
• Instructor & assistant to child ratio is 6:1 or less
• Created & directed by: marine biologist, Lindsay Hirt
• Instructor: marine scientist, Karoline Sucic
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (GPA 3.75)
Karoline has assisted with the collection of whale snot. Yup, whale snot. This is done by flying a drone through the blow of a whale. It is called the Snotbot and it will be showcased at camp for an up close look at some high tech one-of-a-kind gear! In addition to extensive research experience, Karoline has also served as a naturalist for Seven Seas Whale Watch. Notable skills include:
• educating children
• sharing her knowledge of sustainability, ecology and marine science
• working on boats
• illustrating wildlife
CREATED & DIRECTED BY
M.S. Emergency Management, Summa Cum Laude at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)
B.A. Biology, Magna Cum Laude at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM)
Lindsay Hirt, a Plymouth, MA native, loves her salty hometown so much that she decided to make a full circle back here to work after about a decade of academic study and field research along both poles of the eastern seaboard. Lindsay is a marine biologist and educator with a focus on wildlife emergency management, endangered species conservation, and a fondness for teaching others about environmental stewardship, especially kids!
With a strong background in science and Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, she is trained in wildlife rescue for both land and aquatic species. For over fifteen years, she has worked, volunteered for, or trained with world-renowned organizations such as International Fund for Animal Welfare, New England Aquarium, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
During the school, year Lindsay develops curriculum for all sorts of school communities, creates hands-on experiences connected to the natural world for folks of all ages, and advocates for the awareness of all things wild. She spends her entire summer on the famous whale watch boats leaving Cape Cod waters where she shares with the public countless incredible encounters with marine life!
Lindsay will never forget why she became a marine biologist in the first place – seeing her first whale on a Captain John Boat at the age of five! She hopes you’ll be just as inspired after an amazing day learning about our unique coastline and the fascinating marine world just next door to us!
Our study of whales and the exciting whale watch trip are based on a broader understanding of marine biology and environmental science. And there’s nothing like exploring the waters at low tide! With Lindsay’s guidance, every visit to the ocean brings new discovery, new understanding, more questions, and a sense of wonder. Then we use scientific methods and equipment to study our finds from the beach.
Your child will learn to use compound and stereo microscopes, and how to prepare specimens for observation and discovery. Imagine using a stereo microscope to get up close to a tiny hermit crab! We examine x-ray images of marine life to understand their make-up and how they have adapted to their marine environment.
Marine photos: Cape Ann Whale Watch
Does a humpback whale really have the power of a 747 jet during take-off? Or, as an engineer, what could your child devise to help sustain our ocean environment and its varied life? Games and challenges add to the fun and discovery throughout the week.
Ecology is all about the connections between organisms themselves and their physical environment. To study marine ecology is to observe, collect, measure, wonder, communicate, question, test, record, prepare, recall, connect and well, you get the idea! Children are naturally curious. Whales n’ Things gives them the space, time, and tools to own the experience.
“Edge on Science takes science off the page and puts it into the hands of your child.”
Rondalyn Whitney, mom