Swimming dolphins off Newport Beach, by Jill Matyuch

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WHALE TAIL® Grantee Highlight:

Acta Non Verba

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A WHALE TAIL® Grant supported summer camp for East Oakland middle and elementary school students with Camp Acta Non Verba.... [Read more]


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For more than 25 years, kids from throughout California have taken part in Kids' Ocean Day, which included classroom presentations on our connection to the ocean and how we can protect it, a fun field trip to the coast and a beach cleanup, and aerial art creations on the sand. In 2021, this event was reimagined for the world of distance learning. Led by Friends of the Dunes, the Marine Science Institute, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, Orange County Coastkeeper, and I Love A Clean San Diego, and sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and the Whale Tail® Grants Program, more than 4,500 students engaged in online activities that culminated in an art contest. Each entry became part of a giant online picture mosaic unveiled on June 8th for World Ocean Day, with the statewide first-place winning artwork as the main mosaic image. Above is the 2021 Kids' Ocean Day Picture Mosaic and below is an animation video of the art, with art direction by Spectral Q. Learn more and see the other winning artwork at OceanDay.net.