Enhanced Whale Watching Field Trip - Newport Whales

Enhanced Whalewatching Field Trips

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Dive into the underwater world of marine mammals with this new STEM on-the-water field trip!

During this 2.5 hour cruise, student research teams take part in five different monitoring projects. With a trained marine biologist as their guide, young scientists use their expedition packs to identify marine mammals, monitor coastal birds, study tiny plankton, and discover the important role of sea lions! Students record data in their expedition notebooks, identify and count active, wild marine life and explore marine life artifacts onboard!

Partial and full scholarships available through Crystal Cove Alliance by filling out their scholarship application below.

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  • 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. Additional fun and educational activities available for teacher/student use. (Click here to view material.)

Meet Our Enhanced Whale Watching Naturalists


Marine Science Educator

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

Wesley is one of our whale watching naturalists and marine science educators at Newport Whales. Growing up in Boston, and receiving her Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine, she has a wealth of experience in marine research and has a passion for the outdoors. She is very happy to be on the water educating the public about the amazing whales we see here in Newport Beach!


Marine Science Educator

Tammy is our newest whale watching naturalists and marine science educator at Newport Whales. Tammy is originally from Long Beach, California and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Tammy has a wealth of experience in the Pacific Ocean including kayaking near sperm whales, apprenticing beside female shellfish divers on Jeju Island, South Korea, and tracking transient orca in Alaska. We are excited to have her educating the public about the whales we see here in Newport Beach!

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A wonderfully fun and educational trip that your students will never forget!

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