curriculum for grades 9–12

Managing Whales at Risk

MMI graduate student Karen Lohman provided the scientific expertise for an Oregon Coast STEM Hub lesson plan, which asks, How does population genetics inform marine policy and management?

Access the lesson plan, activities, and materials on the Oregon Coast STEM Hub ORSEA website.


Access Managing Whales at Risk

Curriculum for Grades 6–9

The Institute has worked with several accomplished marine educators to produce The Great Whales, a whale-focused curriculum for grades 6–9, using the appeal of whales to help teach science and math. 

This curriculum provides a comprehensive look at whales, using engaging illustrations and classroom activities to immerse students in a fascinating study. 

Topics include an introduction to whales, whale habitats, exploitation of whales, current threats to whales, whale investigations, and whale research. Materials are matched to national science education standards.

The book is available for free download, or you may purchase a printed copy. Copyrighted materials belong to the Marine Mammal Institute.

The Great Whales 

by Vicki Osis, Susan Leach Snyder, Rachel Gross, Bill Hastie and Beth Broadhurst

Produced by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute
Price: $17, plus $4 shipping and handling
119 pages

To order a printed copy, please make your check payable to Oregon State University and mail it to:

Marine Mammal Institute
2030 SE Marine Science Dr. 
Newport OR 97365

Download The Great Whales (PDF)

Whale Watching Spoken Here

Each winter, Dr. Bruce Mate teaches a weekend course to volunteers of the Whale Watching Spoken Here program.

These 200–400 volunteers then help to educate 40,000 visitors to the Oregon Coast during the height of the gray whale migration cycle. For more information, contact the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.


Visits to HMSC

The Marine Mammal Institute is located at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Sea Grant Visitor Center offer hands-on activities, youth education, public science events, lectures, and more. 

If you would like to schedule a tour for a prospective student or an event, please visit the Tours and Events page for details.

virtual learning

Looking to bring a scientist into your classroom? Seeking educational activities for your students or child? Here are a few resources to help get you started: