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Accomplishments

1993-Present

  • 2012
    OCTOBER

    Wyland Florida Keys Wall Restorations restore the iconic marine life murals created for Florida communities over the past two decades.

    OCTOBER

    Stella's Whale Migration, a Florida-based children's movement in the power of setting goals, reaches over 6,500 students across the state of Florida.

    SEPTEMBER

    Putting America's Watersheds in Focus, a month-long multi-city tour campaign for watershed stewardship, reaches families across the North Eastern United States.

    SEPTEMBER

    Wyland, Wyland Foundation, and the US Forest Service collaborated with hundreds of local school children to paint healthy aquatic ecosystems and learn about our natural world for FOCUS New England.

    MAY

    May is For Maddie month-long tour inspires children in underserved communities about the conservation of our watersheds and ocean throughout Southern California.

    APRIL

    Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation motivates residents from 1,000 cities in all 50 states made online pledges to save a total of 4.7 billion gallons of water over the next year.

    MARCH

    Wyland Foundation leads an interdisciplinary panel of artists, educators, and government leaders on the singularly important topic: "Building a case to save arts in schools," at the National Art Educators Association National Convention in New York, NY.

    FEBRUARY

    Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching’s “Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures: Art Lessons in the Wild" show local children how to gather artistic inspiration from nature.

    JANUARY

    Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Exploration with Dr. Sylvia Earle calls attention to the cumulative impacts of marine debris, overfishing, non-native species and sea temperature change on fragile coral reefs and endangered species in the Hawaiian Islands.

  • 2011
    NOVEMBER

    Orange County Department of Education honors Wyland Foundation with the Outstanding Contributions to Education award.

    NOVEMBER

    "Living Green, Living Healthier" art contest contestants create action-inspiring murals.

    SEPTEMBER

    In celebration of the UN International Year of Forests and the 100-year anniversary of Oregon Department of Forestry, FOCUS Oregon reached hundreds of families with environmental awareness activities.

    JULY

    Wyland Ohana Day celebrated Hawaii’s precious water resources from the forests to the sea with families across the Hawaiian Islands as part of the FOCUS program.

    APRIL

    Earth Month Heroes program honors 30 Southern California teachers for their commitment to environmental education.

    APRIL

    Southern California Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation engaged over 100 Southern California cities in a healthy competition for a cleaner community resulting in pledged savings of over 897,000,000 gallons of water over the course of one year.

  • 2010
    OCTOBER

    Wyland Foundation, in partnership with U.S. Forest Service and NOAA, hosts FOCUS art and science event for 2,500 people in Galveston, TX.

    OCTOBER

    Wyland Living Green Fairs bring together 10,000 people in Long Beach, CA, and Boca Raton, FL, for environmental sustainability. 3,000 students in both states participate in the Water is Life Classroom mural contests in partnership.

    AUGUST

    Wyland Foundation returns to the Gulf of Mexico with the National Wildlife Federation for documentary filming about the oil spill disaster.

    JULY

    Wyland Foundation hosts a three-day painting and education event for 50,000 Scouts for the 100th Annual Boy Scout Jamboree

    JUNE

    FOCUS event in Anchorage, Alaska brings together students, families and artists for National Get Outdoors Day.

    MAY

    United Nations issues a series of commemorative stamps of Wyland artwork to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

    APRIL

    OCEANS Classroom Mural Contest reached over 29,000 students in 39 state

    APRIL

    One Ocean, One Planet West Coast Tour educate and inspire students spanning the West Coast about their relationship to the ocean and how they can play a vital role in its protection.

    MARCH

    FOCUS Program brought to hundreds of students in Puerto Rico 2010 OCEANS West Coast Tour traveled to 8 cities from Seattle to Anaheim

    JANUARY

    Restored Whaling Wall 56 in Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with wildlife artist Robert Bateman and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games

    OCTOBER

    Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center education program reaches 25,000 elementary and middleschool students throughout Southern California.

  • 2009
    NOVEMBER

    Inaugural Wyland Living Green Fair motivates thousands of South Florida families to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

    OCTOBER

    Wyland Foundation named 2009 Environmental Champion by Sempra Energy Foundation South Florida Mayor’s Challenge challenged mayors in 80 cities in South Florida to reduce water waste and consumption. Resulted in a savings of 31,557,845 gallons of water and a reduction of 1,452,522 pounds of landfill waste. Painted ocean-themed mural with hundreds of students in St. John, Antigua to inspire the island nation to better care for its marine ecosystems

    JUNE

    Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Forest Service launch FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate, and Us)

    APRIL

    Wyland and the Wyland Foundation painted the largest painting of Earth measuring 2.8 acres on the roof of the Long Beach Sports Arena in celebration of Earth Day 2009

  • 2008
    NOVEMBER

    “Mobile Learning Center Across the Border” Tour reaches students and families in Baja California, Mexico to bring together children from both countries for marine conservation and clean water education.

    SEPTEMBER

    “Hands Across the Oceans” homecoming exhibition at the National Mall in Washington, DC in celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum’s Sant Ocean Hall.

    JULY

    Whaling Wall 100: “Hands Across the Oceans” Beijing, China, 2,430 feet long x 10’ high. Painted with the help of children from 192 countries around the world in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Cultural Olympic Festival

    JUNE

    United Nations Environment Programme’s Children’s Conference on the Environment hosts the Wyland Foundation to paint a worldwide collaborative mural featuring marine life from the IUCN’s Red List of Endangered Species

    APRIL

    Last 5 Whaling Wall murals painted in 5 countries around the world to celebrate the connectedness of our world’s ocean: #96 – Pago Pago, American Samoa; #97 – Plymouth, United Kingdom; #98 – Santos, Brazil, #99 – North Lauderdale, Florida, United States; #100 – Beijing, China.

    MARCH

    Wyland and the Wyland Foundation paint with over 1,000 kids on the White House Lawn in support of ocean conservation for the White House Easter Egg Roll

  • 2007
    OCTOBER

    Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center launched to increase student knowledge of the function of watersheds and understanding of the impact that the children, their families, and communities have on these systems.

    OCTOBER

    “Every Drop Counts” Nationwide Tour traveled across the United States to promote a message of a healthy environment, healthy lifestyle, and saving more than 10 million gallons of water.

    SEPTEMBER

    Wyland Clean Water Challenge: Exploring Aquatic Ecosystems educational program published by Teacher Created Resources and distributed by Blue Star Education

  • 2006
    OCTOBER

    “Barging Down the Mississippi” Clean Water Tour inspired 50,000 people in nine states to save over 2 million gallons of water

    SEPTEMBER

    Wyland Ocean Challenge Newspapers-in-Education program broke all NIE participation records when it was requested by over 1,000 classrooms and reached over 26,000 children.

    Hold Your Water: 68 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue is published nationwide

  • 2005
    JUNE

    West Coast Cleanup Tour, Invited communities in four states and three countries to “Lend a Hand and Learn”

    OCTOBER

    Water’s Extreme Journey Maze created to education students across North America through exploration, scientific inquiry, artistic expression, and action to understand the science behind water purity and realize the power each individual has to make a difference.

  • 2004
    AUGUST

    17-State East Coast Cleanup Tour from Portland, Maine to Key West, Florida

  • 2003
    FEBRUARY

    Whaling Wall 90: “Palau’s Blue Corner” Republic of Palau, 170 feet long x 22 feet high

    FEBRUARY

    Wyland Foundation “Underwater Village” Educational Tour

  • 2001
    OCTOBER

    1,000,000 students have taken part in a Wyland Foundation event

  • 1999
    APRIL

    Wyland Foundation Awards, Celebrates student achievement, Directors Guild, Los Angeles, California 40,000 “Whale Tail” License Plates Created by Wyland are sold raising money to help maintain the pristine quality of our coastline

    OCTOBER

    40,000 “Whale Tail” License Plates created by Wyland are sold raising money to help maintain the pristine quality of our coastline

  • 1998
    SEPTEMBER

    Wyland Ocean Challenge of America Tour, 50 states in 50 days, Reaching over 120,000 public and private schools and 67 million students

  • 1997

    Midwest Mural Tour, 7 murals in 7 cities in 7 weeks in and around the Great Lakes

  • 1994

    West Coast Mural Tour, 13 murals in 8 cities in 8 weeks from Alaska to Mexico City

  • 1993
    SEPTEMBER

    Whaling Wall 50: “Atlanta’s Right Whales” Atlanta, Georgia, 450 feet long x 50 feet high

    The Wyland Foundation founded by marine life artist Wyland

    East Coast Mural Tour, 17 murals in 17 cities in 17 weeks from Portland, Maine to Key West, Florida

Photo Gallery

Conservation of our ocean requires that citizen stewards combine scientific knowledge with passion and commitment to protect the world's waters and the life those waters sustain. But first must come the inspiration to act. These murals, created by the Wyland Foundation with helping hands from students around the world, give us all that inspiration to act.

-Lynn Scarlett, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior

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