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What Puget Sound Families Can Do to Help Our Local Orcas

Essential tips and resources to help the wildlife in Puget Sound

Bryony Angell

Published on: November 02, 2020

What Puget Sound Families Can Do to Help Our Local Orcas

whale breaching with a sunset sky in the background
Credit: Kersti Muul

Support your child’s advocacy efforts

Those outcomes matter for the whales and can be life-changing for the kids who make the effort. “Children’s passion is fresh and inspiring,” says Katie Fellows, a former student of the Killer Whale Tales program. “Adults need to tell kids it’s okay to speak up, and then help kids do it.”

Now in her late 20s, Fellows credits the hands-on learning of KWT as well as her parent’s guidance for inspiring and supporting her decision to pursue a career in environmental education. “Kids need a way to feel like they’re contributing and [that contribution] will fuel a kid who will grow up to be an advocate.”

She suggests kids contact organizations directly to learn about ways and opportunities to help, if age restrictions are preventing them from volunteering. Or find a junior ranger program, science camp or club where a kid can meet like-minded peers. “Give your kid the room they need to grow into their passion,” says Fellows. And the whales (and world) will benefit.

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