Tomorrow is Earth Day and a great way to honor the day is at KelpFest 2017! 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.
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 22, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm