May 2016
A quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date on MPAs!
Welcome to the World Oceans Day 2016 issue of the California Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Newsletter!  In this issue, you will find a variety of Oceans Day events taking place in California and a few ideas for organizing your own World Oceans Day event.  See what's going on in your area!  
Celebrate World Oceans Day
Wednesday June 8th is World Oceans Day-  a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.  Officially designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008, World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans, and be part of the solutions.

This year, people all over our blue planet are celebrating with the theme "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet." Organizations and individuals around the world are promoting prevention of plastic ocean pollution with events in their communities, special announcements, and everything in between!

Event Details in Northern California

Kids Ocean Day
Date: May 5- June 8
Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay, Loleta, CA

Ocean Day is a state-wide marine debris education program funded the California Coastal Commission, and coordinated locally by Friends of the Dunes and the Bureau of Land Management. About 800 Humboldt County students will receive classroom lessons focusing on the health of coastal and marine environments. During the Ocean Day event in June, these students will gather at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area on the South Spit of the Humboldt Bay for a day of beach clean-up and invasive plant removal. After all this hard work, students will sit in an aerial art design while a plane flies over to capture the image. This program is completely free for schools, even the buses are paid for. To sign up your class, or to volunteer email or call 707-444-1397.

World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup Sponsored by Ghirardelli
Date: June 5
Time: 10am - 12pm
Ocean Beach Stair 17- 1001 Great Hwy, San Francisco 94122
Please join us in celebration of World Oceans Day by cleaning the beach and protecting our oceans in partnership with Ghirardelli. Drop-in and groups welcome. We also encourage participants to bring their own gloves, grabbers, or buckets. Come on down and help save the beach and ocean!
*Note* rain cancels clean-ups.

Date: June 8 
Time: 6pm - 7pm
AT&T Park - 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107
In celebration of World Ocean's Day, Young Professionals of San Francisco will be partnering with the Surfrider Foundation's to help with their Hold On To Your Butt campaign.  Meet outside AT&T park before the game on June 8th to pick up cigarette butts off the street. After, the group will head to a nearby bar to watch the game.
Come make a difference! If you have any questions, please contact Julianna Iran

Date: June 8
Time: 11am - 1pm
Point Reyes National Seashore Lighthouse Visitor Center
27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd  Inverness , CA 94937
On Oceans Day, join the Grand Opening of the Ocean Exploration Center, an expansion of the Point Reyes National Seashore Lighthouse Visitor Center. The new center was a collaboration between the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries and the Point Reyes National Seashore (NOAA and NPS). The center opens up views of the "Great Beach" at Point Reyes and the waters protected by the national marine sanctuaries. Exhibits immerse you in the underwater world from floor to ceiling with colorful murals depicting open ocean, rocky reefs, and deep sea habitats; 3-D models of white sharks, seabirds and marine mammals; and interpretive panels that describe this amazing place and how to protect it.  For more information please contact Jennifer Stock

Date: June 8 
Time: 5pm - 10pm
Pier 23 Café- Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Celebrate San Francisco Bay Sharks and the conservation work of Shark Stewards and their friends this Oceans Day! Enjoy cool blue cocktails and live music at Pier 23 Cafe, one of our participating ocean businesses helping keep the waterfront and the Bay Butt Free!

Date: June 11
Time:  9am - 12pm
Aquatic Park: 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
In celebration of World Oceans Day, join Aquarium of the Bay and partners from SF Maritime National Historical Park and Shark Stewards to remove small everyday items like straws, wrappers, cigarette butts, and other plastic trash from the Bay ecosystem.
What to bring: this signed waiver, comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and a reusable coffee mug. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own gloves and bucket if possible, which helps reduce waste generated by the cleanup itself.  As a thank you, registered volunteers will receive a ticket to Aquarium of the Bay after cleanup completion. We hope to see you there!

Event Details in Central California

Date: June 4-5
Time: 9:30am - 6pm
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Included with Aquarium admission
Join the Monterey Bay Aquarium June 4 and 5 for a two-day celebration of the amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of our planet. You'll learn about the treasures of the ocean, the threats it faces and what we can do to keep it healthy. Weekend activities will feature live musical performances, plus crafts for kids sponsored by Lonely Whale Foundation.

Date:  June 8 
Time: 10am - 5pm
100 Shaffer Road in Santa Cruz, California 95060
Included with Discovery Center admission
On World Oceans Day, visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Take a tour, make an ocean- themed craft, and even touch a shark! Be sure to wear blue to celebrate our blue planet!

Date: June 8
Time: 4pm - 8pm
On The Beach at Crow's Nest: 2218 E Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Admission: $100 - $150

Party on the beach with Save Our Shores for World Oceans Day! Our jubilee by the sea will be filled with live music, drinks, and artisan food to celebrate our ocean and a summer of clean beaches!
  • Ocean Hero of the Year, Dr. Charles Lester, former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission
  • (2015) Ocean Business of the Year, Ventana Surfboards and Supplies
  • Sanctuary Steward of the Year, TBA, Public Unveiling 
Come and make an ocean pledge to keep the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary clean and healthy this summer.  Your support will fund our 2016 Annual Coastal Cleanup, our weekly summer beach cleanups, and our 2016 Holiday Relief Program to mitigate beach trash and provide pollution prevention outreach on Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day weekends.  See you on the sand!

Event Details in Southern California

Date: June 5 
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Museum of Ventura County: 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Come celebrate World Oceans Day with the National Park Service and Channel Islands National Park at the Museum of Ventura County. Lots to see and do! A perfect event for the kids! This free event will feature a Live Dive (a live broadcast of a park diver from Anacapa Island), the UCSB mobile touch tank, ocean-themed crafts, and ranger programs.

Date: June 8 
Time: 2pm - 6pm
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, 90401
Admission: $5 adults, FREE 12 and under!

We'll have oceans of inspiration at the Aquarium, including games, activities, scavenger hunts and crafts!  There will also be regular screenings of the Octonauts episode "The Great Algae Escape" throughout the day in our Green Room.

Date: June 8 
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Stone and Glass: 1285 Simpson Way, Escondido, CA 92029
Admission: $5

Celebrate World Oceans Day at Stone and Glass with an Ocean Art Show, glass blowing demonstration and reception. Submittals and winning pieces from our Children's Ocean Art Contest will be on display in the Studio and Gallery.  The event will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper , who will be on hand to share information on how to protect and restore fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.

Date: June 11 
Time: 11am - 4pm
3720 Stephen M. White Drive,  San Pedro, CA 90731 
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) in the Los Angeles Waterfront will host its annual World Ocean Day event on Sat. June 11, 2016 from 11am-4pm. Visit CMA and celebrate the ocean and share how important it is in our lives. The day will feature arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, staff presentations, a guided beach walk, hatching grunion fish eggs and more. Visit the CMA website for more information.
Date: June 11
Time: 9am - 11am
La Jolla Shores: 8302 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037
San Diego Coastkeeper hosts a beach and street cleanup at La Jolla Shores. La Jolla Shores is a great beach to go snorkeling, diving, or kayaking. Although La Jolla Shores is one of the cleaner beaches in San Diego, we still find a troubling amount of trash along the beach as well as in the surrounding park. Meet in front of the lifeguard tower in the grassy area. For additional information, please contact

World Oceans Day Campaigns
Wave For Change
This World Oceans Day, join the Wave For Change, a simple campaign that asks participants to record themselves making a commitment to the ocean, doing the wave, and sharing their wave on social media! Each person's wave will be added to a network of other people doing the Wave to help our ocean.

Grow the Wave for Change by following three easy steps and challenging others to participate!
1) Record a short video giving one example of a specific commitment or action
2) "Sign" your commitment by doing the Wave on video! (The "wave" is using your arms to make a wave motion flowing from one arm to the next )
3) Post the video online with the tags #WaveForChange and #WorldOceansDay. Don't forget to tag World Oceans Day on Facebook & Instagram, and @CelebrateOceans on Twitter.

The Wave will grow as we have you and others build on it, on a rolling basis from May 25 th  through World Oceans Day, June 8 th , and throughout National Oceans Month. For more information and resources, click here

Take the Better Bag Challenge
Plastic trash is choking our ocean, and 80% of it comes from land... We can do better! 

The challenge: 

Promise not take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year. Take a better bag instead!

Follow these easy steps:
  1. Click here to take the Better Bag Challenge, and commit to use reusable bags instead of disposable for a whole year.
  2. Share your commitment on social media with the hashtag #BetterBagChallenge
  3. Feeling motivated? Take the challenge to the next level! Reduce your use of disposable plastics in other areas of your life! For instance, you could: 
    • Choose cosmetics and personal care products, like face washes, that are free of microbeads.
    • Take a pass on disposable bottles, utensils, and wrappers
    • Sign up for a clean up!