Kids Ocean Day

27th Annual Kids’ Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup

Marine Science Institute looks forward to coordinating the 27th Adopt-A-Beach program at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on May 13th. We expect 600-800 second through fifth grade students to participate and form this year’s aerial art. These students are primarily from Title 1 schools in San Francisco county. All students will have taken part in our in-school marine debris education program, which connects children to their local watershed. The Marine Science Institute strives to connect children personally to their immediate outdoor spaces, as well as to the broader marine environment. Through programs like Adopt-A-Beach, children become empowered to protect their local natural areas and become environmental stewards. This program is grant-funded by the California Coastal Commission. Originally started by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, the program and event spans the California coast with 8,000 school children from San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, and Humbolt Counties celebrating our shared oceans and showing the world that kids can make a difference. The event serves as a call to action to protect these important and beloved environments.


Kids' Ocean Day is funded in whole by California Coastal Commission 

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Aerial Photo by Kevin Lozaw 

The event has two exciting activities for the students. The first activity is a beach cleanup, which emphasizes the positive impact that each student can have on the environment. The second activity is an aerial art project. Over 800 students, teachers, and volunteers will sit in formation on the beach to form an image. A helicopter will then fly overhead to capture the image of the students.

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The California Coastal Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination. The Kids’ Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Program is part of its effort to raise public awareness of marine and coastal resources and promote coastal stewardship.