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

29th Annual Kids’ Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Event

Marine Science Institute looks forward to coordinating the 29th Kid’s Ocean Day (formally Adopt-a-Beach) program at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on May 22nd. Students primarily from Title 1 schools in greater Bay Area counties, will take part in our school marine debris education program. The assembly is either virtually or in-person, 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. Schools and districts will select their participation on May 22nd,we expect 300-500 second through seventh grade students to participate and form this year’s aerial art.


Through programs like Kid’s Ocean Day (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 Humboldt 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.

Check back often for page updates as we are still in the planning phases of this project.


Official Project Partners


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.


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Date Taken: May 24, 2022

Photographer: Erick Lee – inBloom Films (formerly Erick Lee Pictures) 

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. 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.

For more information on Kid's Ocean Day please email

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