Community Events

Past Events

42nd Annual Festival of Whales

March 2-3, & 9-10 // Dana Wharf // 34675 Golden Lantern // Dana Point, CA 92629

Southern California's summer tourists may have come and gone, but this winter a different type of tourist will be traveling along the West Coast and heading to Baja during its annual migration: the majestic California Gray Whale. The whales will begin their migration in late November, but from March 2 - 3 and 9 - 10 hundreds of these 35-ton leviathans will splash through the seaside community of Dana Point, California - the West Coast's premier location to meet and greet these incredible creatures during the 42nd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales.

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is one of Southern California's largest seafaring celebrations and reaches out to whale admirers around the world. Dana Point is teeming with festivities every winter during this special time of year, offering something for everyone and you're invited!

Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild
10:00am - 10:45am
$5 per child
Learn from one of the masters of marine art by joining us for a dockside presentation and art lesson, via video feed, by renowned environmental artist, Wyland! Guests will learn how Wyland has created some of the most well known marine wildlife paintings and sculptures of our era. Children can enter their art in an end-of-season contest for the most accurate portrayal of marine mammals to be judged by Wyland. The winning child and family will receive a Whale Watching trip accompanied by Wyland aboard the Ocean Adventure. Other prizes will be announced soon! The price for the art lesson is $5 per child, with all proceeds going to the Wyland Foundation. The mission of Wyland's foundation is to give both children and adults alike, the tools they need to become more creative, positive and solution oriented through art. Whale watching excursions are available at an additional cost and will be departing Dana Wharf every hour on the hour during the Festival of Whales.

Laguna Beach Film Society Screening of Blues Planet Sounds

Friday, January 25 // 7:00pm // Forum Theater at the Festival of Arts Grounds // 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. // Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Join Wyland, the Wyland Foundation, and the Laguna Beach Film Society for a special screening of Blues Planet: Sounds, the award-winning documentary by Wyland.  Blues Planet: Sounds is a powerful and moving visual masterpiece that sheds light on the environmental challenges of our day and the many people who through art, music, and science are today creating an environmental renaissance. For more information call 949.494.5872.

Wyland Community Event

Thursday, January 17, 2013 // Woodbury Elementary School // 125 Great Lawn // Irvine, CA 92620


Join IPSF and the Wyland Foundation for a special community event at Woodbury Elementary! Wyland will be painting a mural with winners of the “Our Coasts, Our Waterways” art contest. The Wyland Foundation’s Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience will be open for students to explore.

Wyland Giving Tree

Thursday, December 26 // 5:00pm // Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay // One Manele Bay Rd. // Lanai City, HI 96763


This holiday season, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay’s good tiding will run from the depths of the oceans into the hearts of the Lanai community.   In the spirit of giving, Four Seasons, in partnership with renowned marine life artist and environmentalist Wyland, will host a special evening of art and philanthropy at the inaugural Wyland Giving Tree project, benefiting the Wyland Foundation and the Lanai Cancer Fund.  The special event will be held on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Kailani lounge.


“As a renowned leader in environmental fine art and conservation, it is truly an honor to partner with Wyland to host the Giving Tree project,” said Tom Roelens, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai.  “This is a unique opportunity for visitors to give the gift of aloha to the Lanai community and make an invaluable contribution to promote environmental awareness among guests, employees and the community.”


“A large part of what the Wyland Foundation has done over the last two decades has been to instill a sense of optimism in people about the natural world around them,” Wyland said. “Everyone needs to feel a sense of hope, especially those who are ill. The Giving Tree project is a great way to reassure people in the fight against cancer that we’re all in this together.”


Inspired by the pristine underwater realm of diverse marine life and dramatic ocean topography of Lanai, the decorative Wyland Giving Tree will play homage to the island’s frequent visitor - the Spinner Dolphin.  Guests are invited to donate towards the purchase of a special collector’s edition holiday ornament, featuring one of Wyland’s signature dolphin sumi-e brush paintings, accompanied by a personalized autograph signing session.  In addition, Wyland will create a sumi-e brush painting live at the event, followed by a silent auction to benefit the non-profits.   

Crown Toyota Clean Water Event

Saturday, December 8 // 10am - 2pm // John Elway's Crown Toyota Scion // 1201 Ketterling Dr. // Ontario, CA


Environment – Conservation – Art – Creativity – Education – Learning



Wyland Foundation’s Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience

A 1,000 sq. ft. water education exhibit on wheels that features a multi-sensory theater and six hands-on science activity stations.

Upon entering the Mobile Learning Experience, kids become new recruits to the Clean Water Challenge (CWC) Task Force. Their mission: To solve mysterious disturbances in the health of our nation’s water habitats.


Wyland Foundation’s Children’s Mural Painting Activity

Kids can get their hands dirty and have fun while learning about our oceans!  When children paint their favorite animals of the sea, they become more aware and sensitive to those animals' needs - and it's awareness that can make a difference. 

Wyland Foundation’s 19th Annual Celebration & Fundraiser

Sunday, November 11 // 4-7 pm // Ocean Institute // 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

Join us for the Wyland Foundation's 19th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser on Sunday, November 11, 2012.  Mark your calendar to join us at the beautiful Ocean Institute nestled in scenic Dana Point, CA.


Enjoy great food, drinks, live musical performances by Steven Ybarra, the Kalama Brothers, and Wyland Blues Planet band member Nick-I Hernandez, silent and live auctions, special guests, and a presentation by sports and entertainment legend Leigh Steinberg "Building Our Future Through Community Involvement."   


RSVP today at


-- Now accepting donated items to feature in our silent auction!  Email Sherry Eaton (  or call us at 800-WYLAND-0 to request a donation form.  Thank you for your generous support!

Wyland Wall Restorations

Oct 12-14: Key Largo // Oct 16-17: Marathon Key // Oct 18-21: Key West


Renowned marine life artist and global environmental advocate Wyland will return to the Florida Keys to restore the iconic marine life murals he created for local communities over the past two decades. The community service project will be underwritten by Wyland Galleries of Key West, which will host a series of Wyland Art Exhibitions, appearances by the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, and mural painting activities for children, grades K-8, from local communities.

"These murals were created as a public reminder for millions of people about the importance of protecting the natural resources off the Florida coast," says Wyland. "Our goal is not only to restore their beauty, but to create a series of celebrations to thank everyone in the keys for their ongoing commitment to conservation."


Restoration  / Event Dates

·       Key Largo, Mile Marker 99.2 - Oct. 12-14

·       Marathon, Mile Marker 50 (Oceanside) - Oct. 16-17

·       Key West, 201 William Street - Oct. 18-21


Events will be open to the entire community, as well as invitations to local school groups, boys and girls clubs, and service organizations. Since painting his celebrated murals in the keys, Wyland has brought his unique environmental art and awareness to millions through traveling education exhibits, eco-fairs, United Nations stamps, monumental art installations at two Olympic Games, and his popular ongoing television series on public television, "Wyland's Art Studio."

Snook's Bayside Grand Opening Luau Celebration

Saturday, October 13 6pm // Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar // 99470 Overseas Hwy // Key Largo, FL 33037


Join Master of Ceremonies, Wyland, at the Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar for their grand opening luau celebration. A portion of the proceeds of the merchandise will be donated to the Wyland Foundation. The celebration will include

  • Live Polynesian luau shows featuring hula dancers, flame dancers, and drummers
  • Wyland organic wine tasting and bottle signing
  • Music from the Wyland Blues Planet Band (performed by lead singer Nick-I Hernandez
  • Master magician Michael Trixx
  • Sunset BBQ beach serving roasted pig, ribs, chicken and more with all the trimmings
  • Tropical libations featuring drilled coconut drinks and Snooks frozen flavored mojitos

Must make reservations to attend. 

$55/person + tax and gratutity

RSVP by October 1 at or 305.453.5004

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.