The National Marine Mammal Foundation is a relatively new (2007) 501 dedicated to: protecting marine mammals in the wild and enhancing the health and welfare of marine mammals in human care; developing strategies that play a critical role in marine mammal conservation; and understanding links between humans and dolphins that could lead to medical breakthroughs and save lives. More than half of our staff are women professionals with degrees in biology, psychology, chemistry, engineering and veterinarian medicine, who want to give back to their community, particularly girls.
Our hope is to nurture a community network that supports girl’s aspirations and connects girls with women mentors in the STEM community. We will encourage girls to work hard in their STEM classes in school, because every career involves a STEM component. We provide girls the opportunity to meet women who beat the odds, learned to scuba dive, drive a boat and work with carnivores 2-3x their size better than the men they competed with. Below are some of the programs that we are now offering with girl scouts:
You Can Be…a STEM professional!
The National Marine Mammal Foundation (together with partners) empowers young girls to pursue their potential by meeting inspirational women in STEM fields to bolster girl’s confidence and encourage curiosity! The girls (dads, moms and guardians and families welcome!) hear from STEM professionals in a wide variety of fields and participate in hands on STEM demonstrations. The group of STEM volunteers briefly discusses their career path, why they are passionate about their work, encourage girls to continue on an academic path towards STEM careers and show ways families can continue to support their daughters!
Animal Helpers (Girl Scout badge)
In this workshop local mentors will teach girls all about how animals help people and people help animals, with an emphasis on the special relationship that we have with dolphins, sea lions, and other marine mammals. Through this event, Cadette Girl Scouts will Earn their Animal Helper Badge.
Prevent Ocean Plastic Pollution Prevention Patch (POP3)
Girl Scouts will participate in a variety of activities related to plastic pollution in our ocean, including conservation-based educational games and hands-on working stations. They will get the opportunity to meet and talk with STEM professional volunteers from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and I Love A Clean San Diego who focus on ocean conservation and the prevention of plastic use and pollution. Our hope is that all these students complete the POP3 program with the knowledge and drive to make our earth a cleaner, healthier place and that they will be excited to educate and inspire others!
Marine Mammal Conservation
The National Marine Mammal Foundation is a world leader in marine mammal conservation efforts, with program helping endangered and threatened species such as bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, California Sea Lions, and the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise. This program teaches about basic marine mammal biology and ecology and highlights the exciting research of the National Marine Mammal Foundation. Most importantly, this program provides opportunities for young people in our community to engage with real STEM professionals in Marine Mammal Science and teaches them what THEY can do to help!
Dates/times: Once a month – check Eventbrite for dates and times.
Location: Girl Scouts San Diego Balboa Campus
Contact: Email Dianna for questions.