This year’s Kids Ocean Day has a theme that defies the acrimony of grown up politics in America today: Come Together.  That’s right, right now, over the ocean. Our oceans are under more threats than ever, from plastic pollution, climate change, and in California, the threat of opening offshore oil drilling under the Trump administration. If you want to bury your head in the sand, resist that impulse and get out there with the kids who will inherit our ocean resources.  You have two opportunities to join Kids Ocean Day and take a stand in the sand.  First, May 17th in San Francisco, and then again May 25th in Los Angeles.  Volunteers are needed!

Kids Ocean Day is the brainchild of Michael Kluboch of The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and has been gaining steam since its inaugural event in 1994. The California Coastal Commission coordinates the program statewide and provides financial support through the Whale Tale License Plate Fund.  Those plates do a lot more besides making your car look cool.

Last year’s aerial art made of students on the beach!

Bringing students to the beach puts them in touch with nature, while showing them up close through a beach cleanup why we must reduce our waste, reuse as much as possible, recycle and participate in cleaning up their environment.  For many of the young people, KIDS OCEAN DAY is their first time at the ocean.  The wonder and beauty of the coast, combined with a mission to protect the natural world, is a profound experience.

What’s more? Kids Ocean Day leaves a lasting photographic record of the kids’ stand in the sand as the year’s winning student artwork is transformed into a living sculpture of that image using the children themselves.  The children are photographed from above with impressive results every year.  These images have had powerful impact challenging adults to protect our oceans with policy as the images travel via news reports and even made an appearance at the Rio Earth Summit in 2012.

Kids Ocean Day San Francisco – May 17

Volunteers are needed as hundreds of elementary students from the San Francisco area will be making a difference at this year’s 24th Annual KIDS OCEAN DAY Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up on May 17, 2017.  The Marine Science Institute is a dedicated sponsor, motivating students to get involved in their communities, while instilling good habits and caring for the environment.

Over 900 students are expected to attend the Ocean Beach cleanup. They will also participate in a giant student aerial artwork inspired by Sunset Elementary Third Grader Natalie Kurpius for winning the first ever Kids Ocean Day Art Contest.  It features two starfish holding a banner with this year’s theme, COME TOGETHER.

To volunteer, please visit: http://www.sfbaymsi.org/kids-ocean-day.

Last year’s beach cleanup.

Kids Ocean Day Los Angeles – May 25

One of the amazing students from Brentwood Science Magnet won this year’s  KIDS OCEAN DAY POETRY CONTEST.  Third Grader Tyler Giddens actually performed her poem as a song!   See her video here.  She shares why we need to “COME TOGETHER” for the ocean, the theme of this year’s KIDS OCEAN DAY.

Volunteers are needed as thousands of Los Angeles-area students will be making a difference at this year’s 24th Annual KIDS OCEAN DAY Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up on May 25, 2017.

KIDS OCEAN DAY is the culmination of a year-round school assembly program by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education to teach school kids about how litter flows from our neighborhoods to the ocean, thereby killing marine life and polluting food resources.  To enhance the lesson, nearly 4,000 students from 35 Los Angeles-area schools will be taken to the beach for a clean up and to participate in a giant aerial artwork inspired by the theme “Come Together.”   KIDS OCEAN DAY will be celebrated on May 25, 2017 at Dockweiler State Beach.

KIDS OCEAN DAY is sponsored by the Watershed Protection Program, a program of LA Sanitation; the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works; the California Coastal Commission; the California Coastal Conservancy; and Keep LA Beautiful.

To volunteer, please visit: http://kidsoceanday.org/volunteer or email [email protected].

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  1. Nice article and covers a significant lesson to educators and officials everywhere. We need to get children and adults involved in the natural world. If we lose awareness of Earth’s natural systems we will be doomed to failure.

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