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Ocean Day

©2014 J Patrick Cudahy©2014 J Patrick Cudahy©2014 J Patrick Cudahy

Photos taken by Gary Todoroff and the US Coast Guard

Not Just Any Day at the Beach
Ocean Day is a statewide education program funded by the California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant Program, and coordinated locally by Friends of the Dunes (FOD). All participating classes receive an interactive classroom presentation focusing on marine debris, and solutions to this worldwide problem.

Taking a Stand Since 1994
Ocean Day started in Los Angeles in 1994 by Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education and the California Coastal Commission, to educate elementary school students about marine debris, and engage them in solutions.

A Whale of an Idea
With funding from the Whale Tail License Plate Fund, this program has since expanded to six locations in California: San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco and Humboldt County.

Partners Make it Happen
Friends of the Dunes has been coordinating Humboldt County’s Ocean Day Education Program since 2005. With assistance from the Bureau of Land Management, US Coast Guard, California Highway Patrol, Loleta Volunteer Fire Department, California Conservation Corps, Gary Todoroff, Chad Johnson and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the event usually makes the front page news.

Not Just Marine Debris
Participating schools from all over Humboldt County spend the day at the beach picking up trash and restoring the dunes by removing invasive European beachgrass.

Birds Eye Art
Artists with a knack for seeing the big picture design aerial art with a message. At the end of the day everyone participates in the design and aircraft flies over to capture the image.

Ocean Day is an annual event hosted by the BLM at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay in collaboration with Friends of the Dunes.

View a video of 2014 Ocean Day from a remote control helicopter!

2014 Ocean Day Crew. Bureau of Land Management, CCC and Friends of the Dunes staff and volunteers.

©2014 J Patrick Cudahy

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Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521-4573
Phone: (707) 825-2300
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