Newburyport Adult & Community Education

Whales In Our Backyard

Class Description

Kaylee Hawkes

If you are a local boater, ecology enthusiast, or just want to fulfill your childhood dreams of being a marine biologist, this is the class for you! Plum Island native and marine biologist Kaylee Hawkes brings in-depth knowledge of the cetaceans (aquatic mammals) that are commonly found in the Gulf of Maine waters off Newburyport. We will talk about the five species of cetaceans most common in our marine backyard, how to tell them apart, important life history, individual identification, and what you can do to save the whales for years to come. A naturalist with a local whale watch for 4 years, Kaylee studied marine biology at the University of New Hampshire and currently teaches science at Georgetown High School. She has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm about our local fauna that she loves to share with adults and teens alike.

One, 2-hour class: Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
March 12, 2024. Nock Middle School.
Cost: $45. Class Limit: 15.


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Whales In Our Backyard

Newburyport Adult & Community Education (NACE) is a completely self-sustaining program that is funded primarily from class fees, grants, and private donations. While we operate under the auspices of the Newburyport Public Schools, NACE receives no public funding from the City of Newburyport or school system. Show your support for lifelong learning by making a tax-deductible donation to NACE and ensure that we can continue to offer valuable programming to the greater Newburyport community.

Contact Patty St. John at 978-992-8060 or for more information.

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  4. There are NO REFUNDS given if a student withdraws within three (3) days prior to class start date.
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