Kids Ocean Day Makes History

Kids Ocean Day 2015 was one for the history books.

Every year, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education brings thousands of Los Angeles school children, parents and teachers to Dockweiler State Beach for a massive clean-up and aerial art formation.  It is the culmination of a year-long school education program that teaches kids the power of everyday actions to protect and preserve our oceans and natural world.

This year, Mother Nature’s late spring rain arrived just as 3,500 of us were taking our places in the sand. The kids were troopers, standing in their soggy shirts, determined to form a large mosaic. (We were creating a school of 20 fish.) But the cloud cover meant the helicopter couldn’t take off, so for the first time in 22 years, Kids Ocean Day wouldn’t end with aerial art.

It was disappointing, but there were some silver linings, too. For one, it reminded us that the true gift of Kids Ocean Day is the clean-up. Every day, each one of us—without helicopters or cameras, rain or shine—can do our part. We can pick up litter. We can recycle and compost. We can dispose of toxic waste properly at a SAFE Center.

Secondly, Kids Ocean Day isn’t the only one making history. With California battling an historic drought, every rain drop (even the inconvenient ones) is a blessing.

See you at the beach next year!

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