Community Events

Past Events

Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Winter 2009

 

The Wyland Foundation celebrated the winter season with Smokey Bear. The Laguna Beach Sawdust Winter Fantasy hosted interactive and educational activities, in support of the Sawdust Art Festival's green initiatives. Southern California families experienced a wide variety of green educational art and craft projects, presentations, displays — and the foundation's national FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate, and Us) initiatives with the U.S. Forest Service and NOAA. The Sawdust Art Festival, the Wyland Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service collaborated with other local community members to celebrate the Sawdust's effort to go green.

Living Green Fair

November 2009

 

Wyland and the Wyland Foundation took part in the Living Green Fair, November 14-15, at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach, Florida. The weekend-long event included environmental activities and educational exhibits including mural painting with Wyland and the Wyland Clean Water Maze. Leading up to the Living Green Fair, Florida residents took part in the South Florida Mayor’s Challenge, an initiative to challenge mayors in 80 cities in South Florida to reduce water waste and consumption. The challenged resulted in a savings of 31,557,845 gallons of water and a reduction of 1,452,522 pounds of landfill waste.

NOAA & Our Planet Day

November 2009

The Aquarium of the Pacific and NOAA work to understand and predict changes in earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources. At NOAA & Our Planet Day, families explored and interacted with TERRI the Robot while learning about NOAA, watched a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in action, saw award winning NOAA films, enjoyed a puppet show on ocean conservation, toured the Wyland Foundation Mobile Learning Center, helped paint a mural and made pledges to protect the ocean.

7th Annual Kids Expo

October 2009

Arts and crafts, reading and storytelling, music, sports, games are just some of the fun activities featured for the 7th Annual Kids Expo. Over 7,000 people attended the Expo, which showcased services, products, and activities for children. Educational activities were also featured and included the Wyland Foundation’s Clean Water Challenge Mobile Learning Center, educating children on the impact human action has on water and habitat health.

Wyland Foundation Endless Summer Beach Party & Fundraiser

October 2009

The Wyland Foundation would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Endless Summer Beach Party and Fundraiser. With your help, were we able to raise much need funds for the Wyland Foundation's environmental education and outreach programs like the Clean Water Mobile Learning Center and FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate, and Us), and have a bit of fun at the same time! Wyland and kids painted a mural of a California gray whale. Wyland Foundation team members Gino Beltran and Steve Creech got wet in the dunk tank (many thanks to Wyland for hitting the target to dunk Steve!). Eco Hero Kids sang their adorable environmentally-themed songs. There were performances by three incredible bands: Nick-I, Steve Ybarra and Gustavo Perraza, and Paperback Hero. The Ocean Institute team led families through ocean touch tanks and a private tour of the Pilgrim ship. A very special thanks to all of our volunteers, s ponsors, partners, and friends who lent their time and resources to make this such a great event!

Orange County Department of Education’s WIN Kickoff

October 2009

 

The Wyland Foundation joined the Orange County Department of Education’s Water Innovation Now (WIN) Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, October 17. The event featured numerous water educators and exhibitors offering fun, engaging water-related information and activities. The Wyland Clean Water Challenge Mobile Learning Center was on hand to inspire children’s curiosity and knowledge about water habitats, educate them about water science, and help them make clean water choices. WIN increases student understanding and interest in water-related issues and encourages student exploration of creative solutions to environmental challenges.

Get to Know’s Southern California Launch

September 2009

 

Wyland and the Wyland Foundation were thrilled to participate in the launch of wildlife artist, Robert Bateman's Get To Know Contest - an art, writing, and photography contest that challenges kids to explore nature and express their experiences creatively. Bateman's Get To Know program inspires wildlife conservation by encouraging kids to get out doors and get to know their wild neighbors. Wyland joined dignitaries and supporters at the Los Angeles Zoo for the program’s Southern California launch, and gave San Diego youth painting tips and inspiration at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Hampton Bay Days

September 2009

On September 12-13, East Coast families were educated on the value and importance of the Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Bay Days in Hampton, Virginia. Featuring over 20 booths, the event proved a great way to learn about environmentalism, conservationism, and one of the area’s most important natural resources (and the nation’s largest estuary), the Chesapeake Bay. Families had the opportunity to discover live animal shows, aquatic art workshops, interactive presentations, and children’s entertainment all focused on the “Go Green Generation.” This year, the fully interactive Wyland Mobile Learning Center returned to Bay Days, helping to inform children on how pollution affects our water. Through a series of activities, visitors spun the wheel of (mis)fortune to discover the food web, brought rain down over a polluted city to see the impact on a watershed, diverted a flowing river to learn about water management, used a computer model to see changes in a lake region over 200 years, and transformed into a raindrop in the 30-person on-board theater. Who would have thought learning could be so much fun?

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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.

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