WHALE ON WHEELS
Our Whale on Wheels programs bring our complete, real 30-foot-long gray whale skeleton to partner school sites! Our gray whale, Gracie, facilitates discussion on evolution, anatomy, conservation and sustainability -- inspiring students to become stewards for our oceans and precious marine life. After guided discussion and hands-on activities related to our whale, students put Gracie's skeleton together like a giant puzzle -- learning all about anatomy and evolution!
In 2014, Gracie, a juvenile gray whale, washed up on Pescadero State Beach. Led by Mission Science Workshop's founder, Dan Sudran, a group of teachers, students, and parents volunteered to dig out the whale's bones, despite its stinky smell! Dan had a vision of acquiring the complete skeleton as a teaching tool at our science workshop, which was already full of several animal skeletons, but none as big and as magnificient as Gracie's.
Dan spent time cleaning and drying Gracie's bones, and then moved her complete skeleton to our Excelsior workshop on Mission Street. Now, Gracie travels all over the Bay Area to teach students about her whale friends!