The 2nd Annual
Ocean Awareness Challenge Event

Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2017 (Under a Full Moon)

Time: 4:30-9:30 pm (with Happy Hour & Dinner)

Place: Irvine Bowl, Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

How To Dress: Dress in layers and bring a small blanket, if you wish.

Join us at the newly remodeled Festival of Arts grounds for a fascinating and fun day, as we come together to learn and share how we all can save the Big Blue Heart of the Earth.

We’re excited to bring you some distinguished ocean experts, who will share their knowledge and passion centered around current 'hot' topics, and the theme of this year’s event:

"Marine Parks, Sharks and Prey"

Your registration for this event is tax deductable. All proceeds raised will be used to fund scholarships to send under-served youth to a 3-Day Camp at Mountain and Sea Adventures on Catalina Island, where they will learn about ocean stewardship, plastics and pollution, fish/birds/turtles lab, vertebrates/invertebrates and more. Outdoor activities include snorkeling, kayaking and hiking. This camp is proven to be a transformative experience for all youth who attend.

2017 OAC Event Card
2017 OAC Event Card


FREE Parking is available for all registrants of the 2017 OAC Event!

FREE Parking is located across the street from the Festival of the Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

We have all of "LOT 10" reserved and "LOT 11" (Spaces #394 and up).

At the cross walk and traffic light in front the Festival of the Arts, you’ll see a sign that says “LOT 11". Turn in here. If "LOT 11" is full, drive further down into this lot to locate "LOT 10".

FROM THE NORTH: Take I-5, I-405 or CA-73 (toll road) to CA-133 west/Laguna Canyon Road. The Festival of Arts will be on your right approximately three miles after passing El Toro Road.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-5 north and exit El Toro Road. Turn left onto Laguna Canyon Road. Three miles down the road, the Festival of Arts will be on your right.

2017 Event Speakers


Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton

Ocean Champions and COMPASS, Board Chair

LegacyWorks Group, Senior Project Director

Michael is a recognized authority on ocean and coastal law who has spent the last three decades advocating for conservation initiatives. As the former President of the California Fish & Game Commission, Sutton was instrumental in creating the nation’s largest network of marine protected areas. Michael continues his advocacy work in a variety of ways, including being a founding Board member and Chair of Ocean Champions, the first political action committee for the oceans.


John B. O’Sullivan

John B. O’Sullivan

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Director of Collections

As a senior collector, John has been collecting marine animals and plants at Monterey Bay Aquarium for more than two decades. He has been a driving force in the tagging of mola (Sunfish) in California ever since he helped develop and test the satellite tag insertion location back in 1999. In addition to being a founding member of the mola tag team, John is manager of the Aquarium’s White Shark Project, conducting research on white sharks, oceanic white-tip sharks, cookie-cutter sharks, manta rays and mobulids.


Geoff Shester

Dr. Geoff Shester


California Program Director and Senior Scientist

Geoff earned his doctorate in the Stanford University Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources. He combined theoretical and empirical methodologies from ecology and economics to develop frameworks to better understand the interactions between human activities and the marine ecosystem. Through his work at Stanford, Geoff hoped to develop and implement cost-effective policy solutions that are profitable, politically viable, and protect the features that make the ocean so productive.


Annie MacAulay

Annie MacAulay

Mountain and Sea Adventures, Founder

Speaker, Writer, Global Activist

Annie and her husband Francisco Tablas have started three organizations that impart hope, knowledge and passion for ocean and land stewardship. She has a science degree from Azusa Pacific University and more than 20 years in the marine science education field. Annie firmly believes in and has a passion for utilising the Ocean as a field-based platform for children to learn how to "Break their Fears". This unique experience enables them to conquer fears in their life and become world changers.


Teryl Campbell

Teryl Campbell

5th Grade Teacher

Top Of The World Elementary School

Mrs. Teryl Campbell attended the 1st Inaugural OAC Event in September 2016 and took everything she learned back to her 5th grade classroom. Upon sharing her experience, her students started an Ocean Awareness Club and this marked the beginning of a classroom full of ocean warriors. They organized an "Ocean Awareness Family Night" in May 2017, and raised $3,000 for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. One of her students, Chase Benson will be giving a TED talk, that will have you mesmerized. Mrs. Campbell will be introducing Chase at the 2017 Event.


Greg MacGillivray

Greg MacGillivray

MacGillivray Freeman Films

Ocean Advocate and Chairman

Strong advocates for the health of the world ocean, Greg and his wife Barbara founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, dedicated to educating and inspiring the public through giant-screen films and companion programming about the need to take action to protect the world’s oceans. They also founded MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation to produce giant screen films that contribute to the public’s understanding of the ocean, environment, sciences and cultures. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue.

REGISTER for the 2017 OAC Event


Adults (18 years and older) = $95

Youth/Child (17 years and under) = $45

All proceeds generated through the 2017 OAC Event will be donated to an OAC Scholarship Fund that will send underserved youth to the Mountain and Sea Adventure (MSA) Camp on Catalina Island.


MSA - Marine Science Program


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.


(For all OAC Registrants)

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is offering FREE TOURS of their facility with a docent. They are located 1/2 mile from the Festival of Arts. Tell them you're with The Ocean Awareness Challenge event. They are located at: 20612 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach, California, 92651 | (949) 494-3050

Visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

(For all OAC Registrants)

Receive a 40% DISCOUNT on the 10 AM, Saturday, November 4th Whale Watching Tour with The Ocean Institute! Hurry – There is limited seating! Click on the link below to register and enter the COUPON CODE “OAC2017” during the checkout.

Register for Whale Watching

Thank You To Our 2017 Sponsors

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Thank You To Our 2017 Volunteers

Steering Committee: Susie Campbell, Patsee Ober, Barbra Keeler, Cindy Hartman, Jo Russell, Norm and Nancy Cole

Volunteers: Don Campbell, David Campbell, Bob and Teryl Campbell, Cheree Dohmann, Wayne Pettigrew, Rita Robinson, Elizabeth Chapel, Sharon Baker, Diane Berol, Gabi Schwaiger, Jan and John Guyette, Brenda Highly, Robin Froman, Carol Lloyd, Jayne Cosh, Midge Patrick, Lester Savit, Rich German, Phyllis Brandt


OAC is fiscally sponsored by OneOC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. OAC is based out of Laguna Beach, CA, with volunteers and participants in our “challenge” worldwide. We rely upon folks like you who really care about our planet’s future to bring our message to others through education and sharing. OAC has a growing list of volunteers who give generously of their time, ideas, financial support and most of all – their love – for the Blue Heart – our oceans.


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