10,000 Islands Dolphin Project's
Environmental Studies Program
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Testimonials

As educators we are required to engage, motivate and prepare our students for their future in society. The Dolphin Project’s Environmental Studies Program accomplishes all of the above.  The program is aligned to the Common Core Standards and lessons help teachers guide students in analyzing, evaluating and thinking critically about the topics. As a result, students are motivated to read non-fiction books to extend their learning. A residual benefit of the program is reflected in the raised awareness gained by all towards environmental issues faced by wildlife. The Dolphin Explorer Team are experts in their field of study that exude professionalism and are readily available to answer questions and support your efforts as a teacher.  I can attest to the value and worth of this program. It is a joy seeing students eager to enter my classroom and reluctant to leave. Thanks to this program I have embraced 21st Century teaching techniques and am confident my students are being challenged in a purposeful and meaningful way.  I look forward to using this program as an integral part of my reading support program for many years!

Susan Kosko
Elementary Education (K-8)
M.S. ED./Reading Specialist Certification
18 years teaching experience
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



I believe that this project is a great addition to our science curriculum. Being able to see the dolphins live is very enjoyable. My favorite part of the lesson is at the end when we get to ask questions. I would rather hear answers from an expert, than just read it from a textbook. I certainly like science more because of this project. This project makes me look forward to coming to science everyday. This project has given me a chance to learn something new and interesting that most other people don't get to learn about. I feel very lucky that my class is part of the dolphin project.
 
Audrey
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



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My fifth grader participated in the Dolphin Explorer program at his public elementary school.   I had no idea how much he was learning until the day we went on the field trip with the Kristen Marie, his school dolphin instructor, and the crew on Marco.

Once we got on the boat, my son was completely engaged -- knew the names of dolphins in Marco waters, knew facts and figures on dolphins and other wildlife.  He had learned so much!  James showed the kids everything from starfish, stone crab, to ospreys feeding their young in their nest, as well as the dolphins.

The dolphins came out on cue, and we learned their mating and social habits.  The weather was great, the crew was knowledgeable and friendly, really great with kids.

We highly recommend this Dolphin class to parents (ask your school to participate) and also highly recommend the Dolphin excursion off Marco Island.   Truly a great day for both of us.

Veronica Foster
Parent
Naples, Florida

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Art by Sydnie from New York!

I have had a wonderful experience during the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project. I have learned about so many things during this time and it has been very exciting.  My favorite experience was during our first live lesson. That day was the first day some of us had actually seen a dolphin and had the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat. It was also amazing to feel like we were able to be on the ocean with you and study the dolphins with professionals! I would like to become a marine biologist one day. The best part of the entire experience was when we learned about the different species in Florida waters. I will miss the dolphin project next year and hope to go to Florida and see you all!

Julia
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York


I’ve learned many things during the dolphin project sessions. I enjoyed the fun worksheets, blogs and interesting videos Kristen made. James, as our live “host”, helped enhance my aquatic knowledge and taught me how to protect marine life and their habitats.  I loved how you showed us different species along with the dolphins. This showed me the diversity of marine life under water that not all humans get to see. Thank you for the knowledge you have given me and I hope I can do the project again!

Christine
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York


Thank you so much for doing this fun and educational program with our class. You taught me so many new things. The dolphin project was my favorite time of the day; I couldn’t wait until 8th period came to learn about a new topic. You answered so many of my questions with a lot of details and I always loved learning more. I really appreciate the program. I loved how you talked not only about dolphins but also their surroundings. I want to do this again next year!

Brooke
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York


I just want to thank you all for the program. It was an amazing opportunity to see dolphins “up close”. I speak for my class when I say this experience is surely unique. I hope that you continue this program so that other kids can be as lucky as us and be able to learn all about sea life and how important it is to protect the environment. I bet kids that experience this program will think twice before polluting the ocean! This made science fun! Once again, thank you for putting this program together.

Ross
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



Thank you for taking us on this 10 week journey to learn about dolphins and the ecosystem. You helped me to realize nature is so important. I would have thought it was just plants and animals on the Earth, but it’s more than that. It is how you should take care of your surroundings and how you should conserve so that it not only helps the environment, but also the people living on this planet. This was an amazing opportunity.

Erin
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



Thank you for the opportunity to learn about marine life. It was a great chance for me to discover more about my interests. I learned so much from the live videos. On the last day we discussed conservation. “One of the easiest and most important ways to help with conservation is to spread the word.” When we tell others, they are aware of what they need to do to take care of our planet and the animals living here. I’m going to miss watching the dolphins. I was always so eager to get to science class on dolphin project days (they became my two favorite days of the week). This was an exciting and memorable experience.

Sarah
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



The dolphin project was very interesting. I think it is great you studied marine biology to help marine life. Thank you for teaching kids about what you have learned. You taught us a lot about dolphins and also other animals, like sting rays and crabs! When I went to Florida I went on the Dolphin Explorer boat in Marco Island. I saw a few dolphins and it was so cool because they were the ones I learned about in school during the lessons!

Aidan
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



It has been an honor to learn about dolphins, conservation and much more from your team. Over the months my class and I gained so much knowledge from you. I learned many interesting facts. I had no clue that the manatees are closely related to the elephant on land. To me this was exquisite! Thank you so much. The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Zoelle
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



Thank you for teaching our sixth grade about marine life. It was very exciting to hear how you all helped save the life of a dolphin named Seymour when something happened to him. I hope that you will be doing this for the rest of your life because you love your job and get to help animals. Lastly, I hope you bring this program to other parts of the United States so other kids will learn all of these wonderful things and might want to make a difference too.

Sean
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



I loved the dolphin program at our school. Thank you for helping us learn about dolphins and the other wildlife you work near. You’ve inspired me and probably my whole class to conserve the wildlife around us. You’ve made us smarter and more caring about the other species on this earth. Thank you.

Shawn
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



I have learned so much about the mammals and plants in the state of Florida. The facts were amazing. Living in another state, I am unable to experience these animals and plants because my weather climates are much colder and they are unable to survive in these conditions. I was so into what we were learning the weeks flew by! I wanted you to keep teaching me about all the wonderful things. Thank you for taking the time to teach me and my class. I will keep doing research on the topics we were taught because I would love to teach kids about these facts when I’m older.

Nick
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



Thank you for teaching me a lot about animals such as dolphins, mollusks and manatees. It was very interesting to learn about animals and pollution. I hope that people know in the future how to take care of marine life and why it is bad to pollute our ocean, the littered trash will end up there. Thank you for all you have done and I hope the animals stay safe.

Salvatore
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York



I really enjoyed your live talks. It made school more fun and interesting for me. I learned so many new things. I would have never known feeding a dolphin was dangerous to a dolphin and illegal if you didn’t teach me. I would have probably not heard of a mangrove tree without your talks. I would not know the significance of one or how important it was without you. Lastly, I don’t think I would have been able to educate other people about conservation and sea life without this experience. I really appreciate what you have taught me. I will keep spreading the word about what I learned to other people.

Tyler
Sixth Grade
Long Island, New York


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