Laguna Ocean Foundation celebrates National Ocean Month

The Laguna Ocean Foundation (LOF) is gearing up for National Ocean Month in June. What better time to celebrate the ocean and the amazing life it supports than the start of summer? Events kick off on Saturday, June 8 on World Oceans Day with LOF’s annual event KelpFest and culminate on June 28 with a Pacific Vocal Series recital.

Guided Tidepool Tour – Saturday, June 8, 9-10 a.m.

Join LOF’s biologists for a guided tidepool tour at Heisler Park.

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LOF biologist points out different species found in the tidepools during a guided tidepool tour

Kelpfest* – Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join LOF and other local organizations as they promote ocean awareness through hands-on educational activities. Stop by the LOF booth to receive free raffle tickets for items donated by KelpFest sponsors. Enjoy live music provided by Mana and the Garden Band as you check out the day’s festivities.

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Participants learn how to do the Kelp song and dance during KelpFest in 2023

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Learn all about cetaceans at the booth of KelpFest exhibitor American Cetacean Society Orange County Chapter

Film ScreeningSaturday, June 8, 6-9 p.m.

Continue celebrating World Oceans Day at the Rivian South Coast Theater where you can catch an ocean-themed movie screening. KelpFest raffle items will be raffled off after the screening. so be sure to stop by the LOF booth at KelpFest to receive your free raffle ticket!

Beach Clean-UpSaturday, June 22, 10-11 a.m.

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is partnering with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and The Ritual Refill to host a beach clean-up at Main Beach. Anyone interested in assisting with the clean-up is asked to register ahead of time by visiting https://dash.pointapp.org/events/146552.

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Beach Clean-up: Group shot of volunteers who participated in the Beach Clean-up at Crescent Bay on Earth Day showing off the amount of trash picked up in just one hour

Pacific Vocal SeriesFriday, June 28, 7-9 p.m.

To round out National Ocean Month, join the Laguna Ocean Foundation and the Pacific Vocal Series for Out of the Sea – Arts & Conservation on Friday, June 28, 7-9 p.m. Hosted at the historic Rivian South Coast Theater in Laguna Beach, this “Art for a Cause” recital invites listeners into a meaningful story of conservation and nature through music, cinematography and curated storytelling, and features Southern California artist Jana McIntyre who has been seen on the stages of the world’s most prestigious opera houses.

Tickets are now available to the public with all proceeds going towards supporting Laguna Beach nonprofits. To learn more about the event and all that is included in this special evening of pure Laguna Beach culture, click here.

*A special thank you to the sponsors of KelpFest who keep the event free for everyone to enjoy: Marc & Rose Hospitality, Laguna Beach County Water District, Laguna Bluebelt, Beach Cities SCUBA, South Coast Water District, Raising Canes Laguna Hills location, Breaking Free Industries, Raw Elements, Alani & the Giant Kelp Elf, KX FM, 12 Tides, Waterlust and Rivian South Coast Theater.

Laguna Ocean Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the beaches, intertidal zone, watersheds and ocean waters of Laguna Beach by promoting ocean literacy, emphasizing the importance of coastal ecosystems, community involvement, and an interest in nature for all residents and visitors of Laguna Beach.

For more information on upcoming events or how you can help support LOF, contact Alayna Ader at alayna@lagunaoceanfoundation.org. Event details can be found at www.lagunaoceanfoundation.org/events.


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