Forests Oceans Climate and Us - Wyland Foundation

the artist Wyland

Forests, Oceans, Climate and Us - FOCUS

On June 11, 2009, world renowned artist Wyland, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a national Forest to the Sea in a Changing Climate education campaign. The kick-off event tookplace at the People’s Garden on the National Mall with Wyland, students from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and local schools painting a series of murals exploring how kids can have a positive impact on local watersheds from the forests to the sea.

The goal of the new partnership and educational campaign will bridge the worlds of art and science to inspire people of all ages to become better stewards of our precious water resources. The Wyland Foundation, USFS, and NOAA will be creating proactive, highly visible, interactive opportunities to teach kids about the importance and interconnectivity of water, from the mountain forests and rangelands all the way to the ocean. This event was part of a larger effort to celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8, 2009 and National Get Outdoors Day on June 13, 2009.

Memorandum of Understanding

The Wyland Foundation

The Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1993 by environmental marine life artist Wyland, is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s oceans, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, life-size public arts projects, and community events.

Undoubtedly, one of the greatest tools in the effort to protect our water planet is knowledge. Wyland’s art has the unique ability to transform all who view it to a greater awareness. By bridging the worlds of art and science, the Wyland Foundation strives to inspire people of all ages to become better stewards of our oceans and precious water resources. The future of our planet is in the hands of our children. The Wyland Foundation strives to inspire as many people as possible to learn more about our oceans and aquatic habitats and the life within them, and to encourage people to get involved.

One person can indeed make a difference.