Community Events

Past Events

FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate, and Us) Launch Event

June 2009


In partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, marine life artist Wyland and the Wyland Foundation joined kids from the Washington, DC area to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and World Ocean Day, as well as the launch of an exciting new environmental art and education campaign. Young artists painted a series of ten canvas murals representing watersheds, from the forest to the sea, and issues of climate change at the new People's Garden at the Department of Agriculture Building in the National Mall. Wyland painted a separate canvas mural featuring Smokey the Bear - ready for the beach in his swim trunks and carrying his mask and snorkel.

FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate – and US) is a nationwide campaign in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and the Wyland Foundation that uses art and science to teach young people about our forests and ocean — and how these two irreplaceable resources hold the key to the future of our water supplies, climate and global health. Never before have these organizations worked together in such a way for such an important cause. Our goal is to engage all students across the country, bringing together art and science activities and traveling exhibitions, to fundamentally change the way we see, understand, and care for our environment.

Paint with Wyland at Long Beach SCUBA Show

Long Beach, CA // May 16 // 12-3 pm


Southern California families can join marine life artist Wyland to paint a collaborative mural featuring Pacific Coast marine life.

Castaic Lake Water Agency's (CLWA) Open House

Central Park // 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road // Santa Clarita, CA 91350 // 9 am to 2 pm // May 8th


May is California Water Awareness Month! Celebrate water awareness with the CLWA and they Wyland Foundation at the Central Park in Santa Clarita. The Wyland Clean Water Challenge Mobile Learning Center will be on-hand to teach visitors about water conservation and water management. Visitors will also receive free water saving items and tree seedlings from the Saugus Forestry Unit. Activities include a special animal show presented by the Placerita Nature Center, composting and landscape education classes, and Conservatory Garden tours. So join us and learn how you can become more water aware!

One Ocean, One Planet West Coast Tour

Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA // April 5-22

The Wyland Foundation and its Clean Water Mobile Learning Center traveled to schools down the West Coast to educate and inspire students about their relationship to the ocean and how they can play a vital role in its protection. Along the way, NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) scientists, artists, and local environmental groups joined in to give participating students the tools they need to be more environmentally-conscious citizens. Schools also got a sneak peak of Disneynature’s new film, OCEANS, with special behind-the-scenes footage. The tour was made possible with the support of Volvo Cars of North America, Fredrix Artist Canvas, Disneynature, and NOAA.

Downtown Disney Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2010

Wyland addressed the importance of ocean conservation and celebrated the public premiere of Disneynature's Oceans at Downtown Disney on Earth Day. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Way, which Wyland commemorated by joining kids in the creation of ocean-themed canvases and by painting a special mural canvas with guest artist Annie VanEngelen. The Wyland Clean Water Challenge Mobile Learning Center was also on-hand to instruct Oceans movie viewers and Disneyland Resort visitors about water health and the importance of preserving our aquatic habitats

Imagination Celebration

April 17, 2010

The Wyland Foundation celebrated the creative power of the imagination at the 25th Annual Imagination Celebration and "Creatively Fun Family Day" held on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. The event featured an eclectic mix of fine art and craft projects, demonstrations, information displays and entertainment. The Wyland Foundation was on hand to inspire visiting children to raise their artistic voice and use the beauty of art to speak up for the environment. Kids added environmental pledges to a collaborative mural created by guests artists at the Sawdust Festival's "Green Day" last summer.

Bolsa Chica Earth Celebration

April 10, 2010

The Wyland Foundation visited the Bolsa Chica Wetlands on April 10th for a special Earth Day Celebration in Huntington Beach! The day featured marine animals, birds, coyotes, snakes, as well as fun, interactive booths, information on wetland ecology, history and of course environmental art. The Wyland Foundation provided water facts and conservation tips to young visitors as they participated in our Paint 'N Pledge for the Planet art activity and learned about the big impact small daily changes can make.

OCEANS Classroom Mural Contest

Nationwide // April 5 - 22

Barry Hamilton and Edie Genden’s sixth grade classes from Mechanicsburg Middle School in Mechanicsburg, PA were named the grand prize winner of the OCEANS classroom mural contest, a national campaign to help students gain a better understanding of ocean conservation through art.  The Wyland Foundation, Fredrix Artist Canvas, and Volvo Cars of North America donated more than 300 50-square foot canvas paint kits to public and private schools and community centers across the nation. 29,000 students in 39 states painted murals about a range of issues affecting ocean health, from overdevelopment to declining marine biodiversity. But students also chose to contrast marine problems by highlighting the astonishing beauty that still remains in the ocean.  “Children are fascinated by the ocean no matter where they live,” says Wyland. “This campaign not only provided them with artistic tools to express their interest in marine life, but the murals share that message with local communities that have a direct impact on these resources.”  Judges chose the 5-foot by 10-foot mural by Mechanicsburg students for its strong advocacy message to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. “The artwork demonstrates how millions of people across six states depend on this vital natural resource,” judges said. “It portrayed the vast natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the environmental pressures that are currently impacting it.”  Other winning classes included Ray Koch’s seventh-grade art students from Kingston High School in Kingston, Ark., Deborah Thatcher’s fifth-grade art students from Lakeview Elementary School in South Milwaukee, Wis., and Adriana Sandoval’s art class at Miami Shores Community Center & Home Schoolers of Miami Enrichment in Miami, Fla. Classes spent the month of April working on their murals for display at schools and community centers. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500 worth of Fredrix Artist Canvas, $500 for art supplies, a class set of tickets to see Disneynature’s film “Oceans,” and a signed artwork by renowned marine life artist Wyland.

To see the OCEANS Classroom Mural Contest Winners, click here

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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.