Swimming dolphins off Newport Beach, by Jill Matyuch

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WHALE TAIL® Grantee Highlight:

Paddle for Peace

Two children succeed in standing on their boards in the surf while adults in the background cheer

A WHALE TAIL® Grant supported Paddle for Peace to provide a free, Sunday morning beach recreational program.... [Read more]


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Los Angeles County Kids' Ocean Day aerial artwork. People on the sand form the word JOY.

For more than 25 years, kids from throughout California have taken part in Kids' Ocean Day, which includes classroom presentations about 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 2022, these events returned to the beach! Led by Community Action Partnership of Kern, 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, 6,290 students took part in a school assembly or on-line classroom presentation, and most of those students also then joined together for a visit to the beach. The aerial art formations this year celebrated the joy the students, teachers, and adult volunteers felt in being able to join together in-person. Thanks to art direction by Spectral Q, the childrens's aerial art once again sent a larger message to the world about the need to protect our precious natural environment. See all the art at OceanDay.net.