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Orange County Students to Participate in Art Contest for This Year’s Kids Ocean Day

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, annual ocean education event gets virtual spin

  • Orange County Coastkeeper teaches students about ocean preservation through virtual assemblies


For Kids Ocean Day this year, Orange County Coastkeeper has invited students in Orange County to participate in an art contest to express their love for the ocean. All artwork submitted by students will be turned into a picture mosaic and video, with the winning photo as the main image. To generate excitement around the contest and teach students about the importance of ocean preservation, Coastkeeper has been hosting a Kids Ocean Day Virtual Assembly Program for students from underserved and inland schools across Orange County.


Kids Ocean Day is an important annual event that educates students on the connection of natural spaces to help empower them to become environmental advocates and to care for the region’s natural spaces. Although COVID-19 restrictions have prevented the in-person assemblies and clean-up event, Coastkeeper and its partners have found a way to bring the excitement of Kids Ocean Day to students through this virtual art contest.


While we wish we could hold our in-person event for Kids Ocean Day this year, we’re happy to host virtual assemblies to teach students about the importance of protecting our world’s oceans,” says Orange County Coastkeeper Deputy Director of Programs Dyana Peña. “We’re excited to see the artwork that students create, reflecting their passion for our oceans and coastal environments.”


The Kids Ocean Day art contest is open to students in classes signed up for our Kids Ocean Day Virtual Assembly Program. The deadline to submit artwork is May 21, and the winner will be announced on World Ocean Day on June 8. Students can submit original artwork in the form of:

  • Drawings
  • Digital Illustrations
  • Paintings
  • Art Made From Trash
  • Sculpture
  • Weaving




ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Orange County Coastkeeper is a member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance, which has 241 different independent programs across 40 countries. Founded in 1999, the mission of Coastkeeper is to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. For more information, visit or call 714-850-1965.