The New England Right Whale Festival is an opportunity to learn from local scientists, researchers, and educators about the efforts taking place in our backyard to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on Sunday, May 6, 2018, in the Harbor View Terrace Tent outside the New England Aquarium on Boston’s waterfront. 

The Aquarium and the Adams School Calvineers, a group of seventh- and eighth-graders from Castine, Maine, invite the public to take part in family-friendly, hands-on activities that are designed to enlighten as well as entertain.

Visitors learn about the North Atlantic right whales during the 2017 New England Right Whale festival.
Visitors learn about North Atlantic right whales during the 2017 New England Right Whale Festival.

Looking to Present?

If your organization works for right whales and would like to participate, please fill out this registration form by April 8, 2018. Each organization is asked to provide a hands-on activity to help engage families in the group’s mission. But never fear, you do not need to have programming planned. The Education Department at the New England Aquarium can work with you on how to present your work in a family-friendly way.

During the 2017 New England Right Whale Festival, a child enters an course designed with obstacles that a North Atlantic right whale may encounter.
A visitor dresses like a right whale during the 2017 New England Right Whale Festival.