Swimming dolphins off Newport Beach, by Jill Matyuch

Public Education Program

WHALE TAIL® Grantee Highlight:

Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Two youth smile big and give thumbs up with the ocean and shoreline behind them

With support from a WHALE TAIL® Grant, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is organizing Traveling Tataveaveat: Áhëvëve mëmët (Traveling Tataviam Lands, On the Ocean Shore) to introduce youth to traditional Fernandeño Tataviam cultural and natural sites through fun, educational experiences... [Read more]


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Humboldt County Kids' Ocean Day aerial artwork. People on the sand form an image of a splashing salmon and the words Make Ripples.

For more than 25 years, kids from throughout California have taken part in Kids' Ocean Day. Over the last two weeks of May 2024, Kids Ocean Day field trips took place in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Humboldt County. These trips were the culmination of a project that begins with in-school programs in which students gained an understanding of the benefits provided by healthy coastal ecosystems. They learned about the interconnections between humans and the natural world, instilling a sense of responsibility and the power to make a positive impact on the planet. The field trips then brought students to the beach for play and to participate in a cleanup or other restoration activities. Finally, the students used their bodies to create aerial art images sending a message to the world. The theme for this year’s campaign, "Make Ripples," helped illustrate how one person's actions can have far-reaching effects to make positive change that will reverberate throughout our communities and planet. Watch a highlight reel of the 2024 events. See art from previous years at OceanDay.net.
Above photo shows Kids' Ocean Day artwork from Humboldt County, led by Friends of the Dunes, photo by Justin Legge.