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Putting America's Watersheds in Focus

US Forest Service, Wyland Foundation and National Van Lines embark on monthlong multi-city tour campaign for watershed stewardship

America's mightiest rivers begin as single drop of water at the top of our watersheds. What happens after that is largely impacted by the way communities across the United States manage these vast natural resources.

 

That's the message behind "America's Watersheds in FOCUS," a 7 city educational tour presented by the US Forest Service and the Wyland Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by renowned artist and environmentalist Wyland, with transportation support from National Van Lines.

 

The centerpiece of the tour is the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, a 1000 square foot interactive exhibit on wheels solely dedicated to demonstrating the many ways water shapes our lives — and how our lives are shaped by it. The exhibit uses models to explore the nature of watersheds - the movement of water in bounded hydrologic systems — via rain over a city landscape, a running river, computer model simulations, a 40-person onboard multi-sensory theater.

 

"It's one thing to learn about watersheds in school," Wyland says. "But this exhibit literally rolls into underserved communities and puts educational resources into the hands of people to give them a broader sense of what watersheds do and how important our watersheds are."

 

Nearly, 60 percent of all fresh water supplies in the United States originate on Forest Service lands. Moreover, the forests where the water originates also play an important role in regulating our climate.

 

As part of the tour, the foundation and USFS will unveil a new exhibit entitled "Our Watersheds, Our Legacy,” which will provide an interactive high definition photographic journey through the nation's most important watersheds, utilizing the latest dual touch screen technology. The exhibit will allow large numbers of visitors to manipulate high-resolution images of regional watersheds from the Mississippi River to the Chesapeake Bay, including the ability to zoom in and out for a broad view as well as a granular detail with the swipe of a finger.

 

The tour is an extension of FOCUS, (Forests, Oceans, Climate - and US), the innovative joint educational venture between the foundation, US Forest Service and NOAA. The organizations have hosted educational events in large underserved communities as diverse as Galveston TX and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Cities for the tour include:

Naperville, IL, Sept. 1-3

Troy, NY, Sept. 7-9

Catskills, NY, Sept. 10-13

Jackson Township, NJ, Sept. 15-16

Milford, PA, Sept. 18-20

Baltimore, MD, Sept. 22-25

Washington, D.C., Sept. 28

 

Doheny Day Music Festival

September 8 & 9 // Doheny State Beach // Dana Point, CA

Join the Wyland Foundation for a weekend of music, art, and sunshine at the Doheny Days Music Festival.  The Wyland Foundation will be hosting a family Paint-n-Pledge activity at the festival's "Dunes" to incredible live music.

Turn Trash to Art

Friday, September 8 // 9:30am to 2:00pm // La Jolla Library // 7555 Draper Ave. // La Jolla, CA 92037

 

LA JOLLA - New Ocean Blue has teamed up with the Wyland Foundation and the La Jolla Library to turn trash into art. On September 8th, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM the La Jolla Library will hold a community event for all ages. There, participants will help New Ocean Blue create a masterpiece by attaching plastic trash found at local San Diego beaches to a canvas donated by the Wyland Foundation.

 

The community will fill in sections of the painted canvas while learning about plastic pollution and the oceans’ garbage patches. Participants will be able to discover how plastic detrimentally affects humans on a daily basis and what strategies can be taken to reduce our use. Community members will also be informed about the dangers our ocean faces due to our plastic usage including the fact that 100,000 marine mammals die annually from trash related deaths.

 

New Ocean Blue will provide interactive activities to ensure that all audiences are involved in this issue. Kids will have a hands-on learning experience while having fun! The San Diego community will have the chance to learn about this deleterious issue and uncover how changing simple habits can better the environment.

 

After the community event, the La Jolla Library will showcase the canvas masterpiece along with a short informational panel about plastic pollution. The canvas will be displayed until the beginning of November and will provide a way for those unable to attend the community event to learn about plastic pollution. The bold art piece will give members of the San Diego community a chance to discover a pressing and extremely important topic that we must all address. LA JOLLA - New Ocean Blue has teamed up with the Wyland Foundation and the La Jolla Library to turn trash into art. On September 8th, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM the La Jolla Library, address, tel. number, will hold a community event for all ages. There, participants will help New Ocean Blue create a masterpiece by attaching plastic trash found at local San Diego beaches to a canvas donated by the Wyland Foundation.

Mobile Learning Experience - Summer iCamp Science Program

Thursday, August 16 // Heritage Park Community Center // Irvine, CA

The Mobile Learning Experience will be at the Summer iCamp Science Program thursday, August 16 at the Heritage Park Community Center. This event is open to registered students. 

Mobile Learning Experience - Wishtoyo Foundation/Ventura Coastkeeper (eco-partners)

Wednesday, August 8 // 9am-12:30pm // Zuma Beach, CA

9am-12:30pm public hours. 12:30pm-2:30pm reserved access.

Mobile Learning Experience - Summer iCamp Science Program

Thursday, August 2// Turtle Rock Park// Irvine, CA

The Mobile Learning Experience will be at the Summer iCamp Science Program at Turtle Rock Park in Irvine, CA. The event is open to registered students. 

20th Anniversary Hawai‘i Conservation Conference:

Wednesday, August 1 // 3-8pm // Hawai'i Convention Center

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Activities will include a presentation of a “20th Anniversary HCC Video” reflecting on the successes and memories of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (formerly the Secretariat for Conservation Biology); daily thought provoking keynote speakers; a special banner to memorialize our collective genealogy; public art event; training opportunities; and more.

Join Wyland, for a free mural painting event from 4-6pm and an afternoon featuring interative, art, music, and film celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hawai'i Conservation Conference. This is a free community event. 

New Ocean Blue (eco-partner) Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, July 28 // South Missions Beach, CA

Open to the public. Contact our eco-partner New Ocean Blue for more information at http://newoceanblue.org/

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.

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