The Ocean Awareness Challenge mission is to educate and inspire youth and adults to be world changers in the challenge to heal and protect our oceans.
This is our theme for this year’s Ocean Awareness Challenge event, to be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at the newly remodeled Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach, CA. Please join us for a day of ocean awareness, as we learn from several top marine scientists about these current “HOT” topics that capture our interest, touch our hearts and challenge our minds.
After listening to our distinguished presenters, join us for happy hour and dinner, while listening to music from Laguna Beach’s very own Steve and Beth Woods. Many of the songs you’ll be hearing in our evening showing of the IMAX movie "Humpback Whales", were composed and performed by Steve Woods.
After dinner, join us for MacGillivray/Freeman’s IMAX film "Humpback Whales". I can’t think of a better place to be watching these amazing creatures than on our large outdoor screen under the light of the November full moon.
All proceeds raised will be used to fund scholarships to send underserved youth to a 3-day camp at Mountain and Sea Adventures in Emerald Bay on Catalina Island, where they will learn about the importance of ocean stewardship and have the opportunity to snorkel, swim and kayak. The will also attend classes and labs about plastics and pollution, fish, vertebrates/invertebrates, turtles and birds, and the natural history of Catalina Island.
From the Bluebelt Foundation to Mrs. Campbell’s 5th grade class at TOW, the environmental Ocean, non-profit organizations in California are impressive. We are all contributors to the restoration of our ocean. We are the stewards that will bring healing to our planet, and we are the communities that can pave the way for others to follow.
Let this annual event at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach be a place where we all come together to learn and be inspired by each other and by some of the very best marine scientists in the world.
"Very few people talk about the disastrous state of our ocean and its desperate need for urgent attention, care and healing. The ocean is a gift to us, an inheritance for our children and future generations, and a life support system for our planet. Without a healthy ocean we will not be able to survive! And without being good stewards of this precious gift, we have nothing to leave our children."
April 6th, 2017 - Ocean Awareness Family Night
March 19th, 2017 - Students from Washington Steam Junior High from Pasadena, CA (2016 OAC Scholarship Recipients) attend MSA Camp on Catalina Island
February 13, 2017 - Kids Camp Aboard U.S.S. Enhydra
December 12, 2016 - 5th Grade Class starts their own OAC
December 10, 2016 - OAC Classroom Presentation
September 4, 2016 - Photos & Videos from 2016 OAC Event
May 20, 2016 - Announcing the 2016 OAC Inaugural Event - Schedule & Speakers
September 9-11, 2016, Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, CA
Film by Davie Campbell
Mountain and Sea Adventures (MSA) Camp is located at Emerald Bay Cove on Catalina Island, which is known to be the most beautiful cove on the island and is one of the top 10 snorkeling spots in the world. Crystal clear water hosts abundant sea life found nowhere else on the island. Students are guided through a hands-on educational experience as they explore the renowned Pennington Marine Science Center. Their plankton lab, fish aquariums, shark touch tanks, and invertebrate touch tanks are a few of the amenities that make this an unparalleled camp experience. Many children walk away from having a life-changing experience. One child at a time, we are changing the "heart-beat" of our Blue Heart, the oceans, and restoring hope for future generations.Learn More about MSA Camp