Community Events

Past Events

What’s So Funny Comedy Benefit

September 2009

Hosted by SNL Amumni and comedian Jon Lovitz at the new Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, famed comedian Carlos Mencia and other incredible talents teemed up to raise money for the environmental education programs of the Wyland Foundation.

Have A Positive Impact on the Gulf

by Wyland, President of the Wyland Foundation


My team and I have been traveling around the country for years to share our passion for protecting the environment with everybody who will listen. We work year round on programs to support education and information to teach people about protecting our oceans and watersheds. By now, most of you know only too well that we are facing one of the biggest environmental disasters of all time in the Gulf of Mexico. Millions of gallons of oil are pouring into the gulf every week. The effects of this disaster will be felt by everyone in the nation for years to come. We can’t change what’s already happened. But we're here to tell you what you can do to help ...

  1. Take direct action by supporting environmental groups that are on the ground doing clean up – like the National Wildlife Federationthe Audubon Society, or the Mobile Baykeepers.
  2. Volunteer your time in the cleanup effort in Louisiana, Missippippi, Florida, or Alabama.
  3. Talk to your kids in a way they can understand about the environment and how people impact it. This is something you can do to ensure against a future of more accidents like this.
  4. Please stay informed as this issue develops. There are many complex factors at play and the more you learn, the more you can help others understand and take appropriate action toward solutions.
  5. Speak up. Remind your state representatives that now more than ever we need to pass comprehensive legislation that provides America with cleaner and safer energy choices. There are many great online resources to help you voice your concerns like the NWF Action Center or

Read about my personal observations from the Gulf on my Facebook page.

Thank you for making a difference!

Caribbean Youth Mural & Marine Education Event

May 2009

Wyland and the Wyland Foundation joined forces with the Antigua Barbuda Independent Tourism Promotion Corporation and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) to increase awareness about the need to protect our marine environments. With the help of hundreds of kids (and many adults, as well!), this community project in St. John, Antigua transformed a blank wall into a lively mural of a healthy Caribbean habitat. The mural featured a mother sperm whale and calf, reef fish, a sea turtle, a sting ray, and many native corals.

13th Annual Children's Water Education Festival

April 2009

The Wyland Foundation, armed with it's "Water's Extreme Journey" Education Maze and aquatic mural painting activities, joined 6,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from Orange County for the 13th Annual Children's Water Education Festival, April 28-29. The Children’s Water Education Festival attracts more than 6,000 students annually and is recognized nationally as the largest event of its kind. The mission of the Festival is to educate students about water-related and conservation issues. The Festival teaches youth that they can make a difference in protecting our water resources for today, tomorrow and future generations.

Wyland creates the largest painting of Planet Earth for Earth Day

April 2009

As part of the Wyland Foundation’s mission to inspire the ongoing conservation of our world’s water habitats, environmental artist Wyland and the Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the City of Long Beach and Dunn-Edwards Paints, created the largest painting of planet Earth on Earth atop the Long Beach Arena. Wyland painted the 2.8 acre mural over a 24-hour period in celebration of Earth Day 2009.

The Wyland Foundation would like to give a special thanks to: Dunn-Edwards Paints (who donated more than 1,200 gallons of eco-friendly paints), Disneynature, Astek Inc., Fredrix Artist Canvas, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, SMG, Toyota Grand Prix, and the City of Long Beach.

Whaling Wall 33, Planet Ocean, Revitalization

April 2009


In Spring 2009, Wyland and the Wyland Foundation gave the 116,000 square foot Guinness Book of World Records mural, Ocean Planet, a much-needed face-lift. Whaling Wall 33, which was painted in Long Beach, California in 1993, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Largest Mural in the World. Wyland, in conjunction with the City of Long Beach, revitalized the mural with a fresh coat of paint, protective coating, and even a few new marine animals native to the Southern California coastline.

Kids from the Long Beach area joined Wyland, the Wyland Foundation, and the Aquarium of the Pacific to create a separate canvas mural featuring Southern California coastal marine life. “We’re using art as a gateway to conservation,” says Wyland. “For a lot of people, that’s where the concept of a healthy environment really sinks in — by visualizing what we are protecting – the ocean, marine life, and the natural world around us.”

Sawdust Art Festival 1st Annual Creatively Fun Family Day

April 2009

The Wyland Foundation took part in the county-wide arts event, Imagination Celebration. The event included a ceramics booth, glass blowing demonstrations, and various hands-on art activities for children of all ages.

Blue Vision Summit

March 2009


In March 2009, the Wyland Foundation took part in the Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC. The 2009 Summit included nearly 500 key leaders and activists from marine conservation organizations, aquariums, science centers, public agencies, maritime labor, ocean-dependent businesses, public health groups, coastal tribes and others. Key themes of the Summit were:

  1. Solutions that are working at the local, state and regional level and how to expand them.
  2. How the Marine Community can develop a common voice and plan of action to address fossil fuel fired climate change impacts on the ocean and coastal environment.
  3. The state of the Ocean Act and how to build an effective national constituency for ocean governance reform.

Photo Gallery

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.