Anchor ads are not supported on this page.

4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Wyland Ocean Challenge

'The idea is to bridge the world of art and science," says Wyland, an artist, author, and educator who goes by one name. The artist's role in conservation is even bigger than his life-size murals of marine life. On Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, the Wyland Ocean Challenge tour, which is in its second year, will stop in San Diego. "We started up in Alaska, and we're making our way down to La Paz, Mexico. Our final stop [in the States] is Birch Aquarium at Scripps, my favorite place," Wyland says. "We've been doing a Wyland Weekend down there for six years." According to the Wyland Ocean Challenge website, the tour is "designed to instruct and inspire young people everywhere about marine science and the conservation of water quality."

The San Diego event will begin with the assistance of the Surfrider Foundation in a cleanup of La Jolla Shores. "Our overall goal is to communicate the importance of clean water and the impact everyone has on the water systems," says Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation project director. A one-thousand-square-foot interactive maze will allow visitors to become a virtual drop of water and follow the drop's most likely path from mountain to ocean.

People will reach "impact points" throughout the maze. At these forks in the road, a decision must be made as to what direction to take. "You're playing the odds, just like water does, and your odds of staying clean are not very good," says Creech. "For instance, there is car exhaust. You can keep your car tuned up or buy a car with lower emissions, and if you make that choice you make a left turn instead of a right turn [in the maze]." The maze features both human impact wheels and the "AZA's [American Zoo and Aquarium Association] wildlife wheel," where a spin of the wheel demonstrates how the laws of nature randomly effect each drop of water.

Sponsored
Sponsored

"The cool thing about the maze," says Creech, is that if people end up in the Unhealthy Ocean, and chances are they will, they can walk through a second and even third time, adjusting choices until they reach the Healthy Ocean.

Creech continues, "I think we're the only organization that ties in art to environmental issues. Our events tend to be real fun and real colorful. People think it's astonishing. You take a subject as basic as water and make it entertaining and informative. That's the hard thing -- water in and of itself doesn't seem very interesting, but it's essential to our existence.

"Ten percent of the world's available fresh water is now privatized, and revenue is equal to forty percent of current oil revenues. If you do the math, you see huge economic incentives for water to be privatized that will make the oil industry look like just another business. You can survive, though not well, without oil, but you sure can't survive without water. People need to demand water as a fundamental human right, and that's another one of our positions.

"We don't want to scare people," Creech adds. "We're more about partnering with educators and focusing on science." He warns, however, "We could be seeing war for water in the next 50 years. Canada will start exporting water and making a ton of money. It could be the next Middle East as far as revenues of exporting water."

As part of his campaign to educate, Wyland offers Ocean Challenge Curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade, downloadable for free in both Spanish and English on his foundation's website.

In the fifth year of his Ocean Challenge, Wyland plans to present the tour to "191 U.N. member countries so that everyone from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, from A to Z, will get this program." Wyland has personally cleaned up trash in all 50 states. "I've been diving in the world's oceans for 25 years, and I've seen the devastation firsthand. I've been given so much from the sea, including inspiration for my art, and I want to do everything I can to give back." -- Barbarella

Wyland Ocean Challenge Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14 Morning: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (La Jolla Shores Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation) Afternoon: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Water's Extreme Journey Maze and Community Mosaic) Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla Cost: Free Info: Beach Cleanup (Surfrider Foundation), 858-792-9940; Art/Science Event (Birch Aquarium), 858-534-3474; www.wylandoceanchallenge.org

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Hullabaloo, Stick Figure, Beat Farmers Hootenanny, Josh Weinstein, Adam Wolff

Jazz, pop, reggae, and reunions in Encinitas, downtown, Solana Beach, Little Italy, Coronado
Next Article

Holo Holo Festival showcases music of the Pacific Islands

Featured local artists include Eli-Mac and Lea Love

'The idea is to bridge the world of art and science," says Wyland, an artist, author, and educator who goes by one name. The artist's role in conservation is even bigger than his life-size murals of marine life. On Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, the Wyland Ocean Challenge tour, which is in its second year, will stop in San Diego. "We started up in Alaska, and we're making our way down to La Paz, Mexico. Our final stop [in the States] is Birch Aquarium at Scripps, my favorite place," Wyland says. "We've been doing a Wyland Weekend down there for six years." According to the Wyland Ocean Challenge website, the tour is "designed to instruct and inspire young people everywhere about marine science and the conservation of water quality."

The San Diego event will begin with the assistance of the Surfrider Foundation in a cleanup of La Jolla Shores. "Our overall goal is to communicate the importance of clean water and the impact everyone has on the water systems," says Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation project director. A one-thousand-square-foot interactive maze will allow visitors to become a virtual drop of water and follow the drop's most likely path from mountain to ocean.

People will reach "impact points" throughout the maze. At these forks in the road, a decision must be made as to what direction to take. "You're playing the odds, just like water does, and your odds of staying clean are not very good," says Creech. "For instance, there is car exhaust. You can keep your car tuned up or buy a car with lower emissions, and if you make that choice you make a left turn instead of a right turn [in the maze]." The maze features both human impact wheels and the "AZA's [American Zoo and Aquarium Association] wildlife wheel," where a spin of the wheel demonstrates how the laws of nature randomly effect each drop of water.

Sponsored
Sponsored

"The cool thing about the maze," says Creech, is that if people end up in the Unhealthy Ocean, and chances are they will, they can walk through a second and even third time, adjusting choices until they reach the Healthy Ocean.

Creech continues, "I think we're the only organization that ties in art to environmental issues. Our events tend to be real fun and real colorful. People think it's astonishing. You take a subject as basic as water and make it entertaining and informative. That's the hard thing -- water in and of itself doesn't seem very interesting, but it's essential to our existence.

"Ten percent of the world's available fresh water is now privatized, and revenue is equal to forty percent of current oil revenues. If you do the math, you see huge economic incentives for water to be privatized that will make the oil industry look like just another business. You can survive, though not well, without oil, but you sure can't survive without water. People need to demand water as a fundamental human right, and that's another one of our positions.

"We don't want to scare people," Creech adds. "We're more about partnering with educators and focusing on science." He warns, however, "We could be seeing war for water in the next 50 years. Canada will start exporting water and making a ton of money. It could be the next Middle East as far as revenues of exporting water."

As part of his campaign to educate, Wyland offers Ocean Challenge Curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade, downloadable for free in both Spanish and English on his foundation's website.

In the fifth year of his Ocean Challenge, Wyland plans to present the tour to "191 U.N. member countries so that everyone from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, from A to Z, will get this program." Wyland has personally cleaned up trash in all 50 states. "I've been diving in the world's oceans for 25 years, and I've seen the devastation firsthand. I've been given so much from the sea, including inspiration for my art, and I want to do everything I can to give back." -- Barbarella

Wyland Ocean Challenge Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14 Morning: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (La Jolla Shores Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation) Afternoon: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Water's Extreme Journey Maze and Community Mosaic) Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla Cost: Free Info: Beach Cleanup (Surfrider Foundation), 858-792-9940; Art/Science Event (Birch Aquarium), 858-534-3474; www.wylandoceanchallenge.org

Comments
Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Gonzo Report: House of Blues’ Voodoo Room hosts Friko and Mind’s Eye

All-ages venue gives emerging acts a shot at reaching San Diegans of different generations
Next Article

Front-yard chalkboard charms OB passersby

Questions asked, stories told, neighborhood celebrated
Comments
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox Movies@Home — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close

Anchor ads are not supported on this page.