SeaWorld San Diego animal experts, educators and some amazing animals visited students at three San Diego-area schools as part of the SeaWorld’s educational outreach program. The goal of the visits, which highlighted the park’s rescue efforts, was to help the students not only gain a better appreciation for all animals, but learn more about what they can do to protect them and their habitats. The best and most fun way to learn was through first-hand experiences with some of the park’s animal ambassadors.
Taking center stage at the presentations were Penny, the scarlet ibis; an American alligator named Garfunkel; Goldie, the sulphur crested cockatoo; and Pete, a Magellanic penguin.
“The feathers on the penguin were really soft,” said Bernardo Heights Middle School sixth-grader Kirsten Filler, who met Pete the penguin. “It was cool. I haven’t touched one before.”
“Fluffy,” was how Nikila Suppala, another sixth grader, described Penny, the white ibis.
SeaWorld’s animal ambassador team made also made special visit to Carlton Oaks Elementary and Halecrest Elementary. During the visits, students learned unforgettable lessons about the importance of wildlife conservation, animal care, and education. SeaWorld educators also provided tips on how the kids and their families can help make a world of difference through ordinary, everyday actions.
The students and faculty embraced the presentation and one class was so inspired by the “I promise” video that they have already pledged not to buy plastic bottles, but only use refillable bottles instead.
Science teacher Tanya MacMartin said for the last decade she has taken more than 700 seventh graders to Sea World each year to learn about careers that incorporate skills and knowledge gained through their lessons.
“They see what they learn here in school correlates to real world science,” MacMartin said. “We’re showing that what they are doing here in middle school matters.”