More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution, In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests.
In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.
In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them. The 7th annual KelpFest, will be on April 17th, 2016 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.
There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.
Schedule of events:
- 9:00am Kelpfest begins
- 9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
- 10:00am Musical performances begin
- Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
- Docent led tide pool tours
- Arts and crafts for kids
- Live musical performances
Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!
- When: Saturday, April 17, 2016 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach
- Cost: FREE