World Oceans Day, held every June 8th and is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and the focus this year is to make a special effort to stop plastic pollution.
Below is a list of World Oceans Day celebrations being held in and near Orange County. Celebrations are held all over the world, to find a celebations near you click here.
If you would like to celebrate at home with your littles. you can Download resources from the Ocotonauts. You’ll find printable Octonauts World Oceans Day poster, Coral coloring sheet, scavenger hunt/memory game activity with conservation message and a digital package with social media images
The Ocean Institute in Dana Point Celebrates World Oceans Day with a Celebration on Saturday, June 6th & 7th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. In honor of World Oceans Day, they will host a Weekend Public Program with additional activities that are included with weekend admission. Come learn about beautiful ocean creatures, habitats and our connection to the ocean!
The Ocean Institute features a number of hands-on activities, presentations, tidepool walks and educational cruises in an effort to educate and inspire people of all ages to participate in their community and learn how to become involved in the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. The Brig Pilgrim is open most Sundays.
Admission for Members & children under 2: FREE, Adults (13-64): $10.00, Seniors (65+) & Youth (2-12 years): $7.50
The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate World Ocean Day with an array of activities over three days, June 6th, 7th & 8th, 2105.
The celebration begins with the Pacific Islander Festival on June 6th and 7th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The celebration will feature special presentations, films, and other educational programming highlighting our blue planet.
Admission: $28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.
On World Ocean Day, Monday, June 8th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – guests to the Aquarium can learn about climate change, ocean pollution, and other ocean issues by viewing films and shows and exploring exhibits at Planetary Oceans: Exploring Earth’s Seas Before We Sail Through Europa’s Seawater Plumes.
The Aqaurium will host a panel discussion of ocean exploration as it relates to space exploration. Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel will join Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan and JPL scientists Bill Patzert and Steve Vance for a conversation about the importance of understanding our home planet’s ocean as we prepare to explore the seas of other worlds. Planetary Radio is the public radio series and podcast produced by The Planetary Society. All of this is in celebration of the ocean, which covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface and remains 90 percent unexplored.
Lecture cost: $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations. You can also stream it live
Join the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Sunday, June 7, 2105 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm for a celebration of all things ocean in observance of World Oceans Day! They’ll have oceans of inspiration at the Aquarium, including games, activities, scavenger hunts and crafts! There will be regular screenings of the Octonauts episode The Great Algae Escape throughout the day. Shark feeding is at 3:30pm.
Admission is Free for kids 12 and under, all others are $5 per person
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro honors World Ocena Day on Sunday, June 07, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Celebrate the ocean and share how important it is in our lives. Family-oriented activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby animals and more.
The event is FREE.
World Oceans Day Celebration at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla will be held on Sunday, June 7,2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. From plankton to whales, explore ocean biodiversity and learn how you can help protect the health of our oceans. Explore the ocean with hands on activities and specially themed programming.
Admission is Adults: $17, Teens (13-17): $14, Children (3-12): $12.50, Seniors (60+): $13, UCSD student/staff w/ID: $11, College Students w/ID: $12, Ages 2 and under: Free
join Pretend City
in Irvine as they celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, 2015 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Pretend City is making a special effort to stop plastic pollution through educational activities like:
- Smart Art: The World’s Oceans art activity will explore questions like, “how does the ocean feel and what does it look like to you?” Use a variety of materials and mediums to express your love for the ocean through art.
- Nature Tales: All the Way to the Ocean is an uplifting story that will inspire both young and adult readers alike and teach a timeless life lesson–If we all do our part, a cleaner, safer environment is indeed within our reach. This will be followed by a beach clean-up activity!
- Math Matters: The Feeding Game will simulate the negative effects plastic trash can have on the feeding and survival of animals.
Admission: all ages $12.50, 12 months and under are free
Come to ExplorOcean on June 13, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for the World Ocean Day Expo! View student projects that celebrate, explore, examine, improve the health of, and/or educate about the ocean. Projects include art, science projects, awareness campaigns.
Hands-on activities, displays, boat rides, educational mini-excursions, stem challanges and more.
Admission is FREE