Community Events

Past Events

Festival of Children

September 2007

The Wyland Foundation and hundreds of Southern California children joined forces in support of Festival of Children Foundation’s month-long charity event in September 2007. The Festival of Children brings together over 60 children’s charities to improve every child’s access to the arts, education, the environment, health care, and social services. Hosted by South Coast Plaza, Wyland and local children collaborated on a 20-foot long mural of California marine life which was donated to the Festival of Children.

Boy Scout Jamboree

July 28-30 // Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia

Celebrating the 100th year of scouting, approximately 30,000 Scouts will experience the thrill of scuba diving at the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree. In addition to being able to discover Scuba, the Scuba Exhibit tent at the Scuba Outback Center will be a place not to be missed! Scouts will learn about an exciting new Marine Conservation Award that they can earn through The Triton Society; there will be information about the new SCUBA merit badge; marine art; maritime history and archaeology; diving safety; and environmental conservation. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) will show Scouts and their leaders how to start a Scuba program in their own units.

Most exciting of all, environmental artist Wyland and the Wyland Foundation will attend the Jamboree! Scouts will have the opportunity to join them at the Scuba Outback Center in painting murals. “Art is a powerful way to introduce kids to many of today’s environmental issues,” says Wyland, who is best known for his 100 Whaling Walls, mega-sized environmental-themed murals of marine life in over 70 cities around the world. “By looking at the world through an artist’s eyes, they see all the plants, animals, and people who depend on clean water for survival — and suddenly the issue of water conservation becomes real.”

Giant Orange Festival

July 17 // 12 - 6 pm // Irvine, California


Catch the Wyland Clean Water Mobile learning Center at the Giant Orange Festival, a celebration of food, music and Orange County's ever-evolving Great Park in Irvine. Kids and families can explore the Mobile Learning Center's on-board theater, interactive exhibits and more with trained docents from the Wyland Foundation and Ocean Institute. Look for it in the kids fun zone. The Great Park is situated in the geographic center of Orange County, within the city limits of the City of Irvine — approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, about 15 minutes away from John Wayne Airport (SNA), and accessible via the Interstate 5 and 405 freeways, the 133 and 241 toll roads, Amtrak, Metrolinkand OCTA transit routes.

Sawdust Festival

Summer 2009


Butterflies, fish, flowers – kids had their choice of nature-themed shapes to paint at the Wyland Foundation’s Paint ‘n Pledge event celebrating “Green Day” at the Sawdust Festival on August 8, 2009. Each shape represented a pledge to save the environment. Kids who painted butterflies pledged to conserve electricity by turning off lights and electronics when not in use. Kids who painted fish pledged to conserve water by turning off the faucet when brushing their teeth. Kids who painted flowers pledged to conserve natural resources by using refillable instead of plastic water bottles. Many kids were eager to help the environment by making more than one pledge and opted to paint all three shapes. The painted shapes will be adhered to an ocean-themed mural that Festival artists, led by Karen Talbot, created in collaboration with the Foundation.

Kids and adults unable to attend “Green Day” made their environmental pledge and paint a shape at the Sawdust Art Studio throughout the summer.Thanks to the Sawdust Festival and the Festival artists for allowing us to participate in this fun collaborative event! Thanks also to Fredrix Canvas for donating the paint-a-shapes.

San Diego County Fair

Summer 2006

Wyland and the Wyland Foundation teamed up with the San Diego community to inspire families to conserve our water resources and habitats at the 2006 San Diego County Fair, June 10 – July 4, 2006. Wyland was a major focus of the fair’s 2006 theme, “Ride the Tide to Fun,” the inspiration for the title of Whaling Wall 94 that was painted the first week of the fair. The Wyland Foundation was joined by kids from the local community who came out each day to paint with the artist on a separate mural canvas. The infield of the fairgrounds was transformed into “Wyland’s Island,” where fair guests learned how each person can make a difference in preserving, protecting, and respecting the earth. Attending families pledged to conserve water on the computerized commitment kiosk and discovered the impacts of human activities on local water habitats and ecosystems in the 1,000-square-foot interactive watershed maze. The San Diego County Fair provided additional activities to inform families about the importance of healthy habitats and water conservation.

3rd Annual Blue Frontier Campaign / Peter Benchley Awards

California Academy of Sciences // Golden Gate Park // San Francisco, CA // Friday, June 25 // 6 - 10 pm


The Blue Frontier/Peter Benchley Awards recognize outstanding achievements leading to the protection of our coasts and ocean and the communities that depend on them. In addition they provide an opportunity for leaders and innovators in different aspects and sectors of ocean work to meet and acknowledge eachother, and to celebrate what we have accomplished and the wonders of our blue world.

San Diego County Fair

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 11:00am // Del Mar Fairgrounds , Del Mar, CA

Join Wyland and the Wyland Foundation at the San Diego County Fair this summer! The Wyland Foundation along with a team of educators from the Ocean Institute will be touring families through the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center and giving away daily prizes, June 14 – July 5.

Don’t miss a special opportunity to have your child paint with Wyland on Wednesday, June 16 from 11 am – 1 pm.

FOCUS Alaska: Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with Wyland

Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 11:00am // Davis Park , Anchorage, AK


Please join the Chugach National Forest, Alaska Geographic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Credit Union 1, the Anchorage Community Land Trust, the Parks & Recreation Department and the Anchorage Park Foundation for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

We will kick off the 2010 Arts in the Parks program in Mountain View with a multi-artist, Anchorage-wide, community mural painting event called “Art Starts in the Parks and Flows to the Forest.” Nationally-recognized artist Wyland will lead more than 300 kids and families in painting murals of forests, oceans and parks for installation in Mountain View and around Anchorage.

Activities for all ages include: 
Paint murals with Wyland and Anchorage schoolchildren 
Make spectacular sand castles with local artist Jen Jolliff 
Listen to inspiring songs from local folksinger Amy Lou Hettinger

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The kids not only get it, they want action. They want to get involved in issues regarding the conservation of clean water and a healthy ocean.