Renowned marine life artist Wyland has partnered with Dana Wharf Whale Watching in a program designed to inspire both creativity among children, and a fondness for the ocean and its creatures. The three-hour Whale and Dolphin Adventures will be conducted Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., through February.
They begin with dockside presentations and art lessons, from Wyland via video feed, and are followed by 2.5-hour excursions aboard the landing's Ocean Adventures catamaran.
Children are then encouraged to create a drawing based on their experiences. Those will be judged by Wyland, with the winner earning a private family charter with the marine artist, valued at $2,000.
Other prizes include $50 gift cards to the Wyland Gallery gift shop in nearby Laguna Beach, and tickets for whale-watching excursions.
Cost is $59 for adults and $44 for kids 14 and younger ( a portion will be donated back to the Wyland Foundation).
In an age where fewer children are enjoying outdoor activities, this seems like an outstanding diversion from the world of computerized technology.
There's nothing like an enormous whale, leaping dolphins, or sea lions lounging atop the surface to show a kid that nature is as cool or cooler than anything a hand-held computer may conjure—and who knows, this program just might produce another Wyland.