Thursday, October 18, 2012

19th Annual Celebration
and Fundraiser

Sunday, November 11 // 4-7pm // Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. // Dana Point, CA

Enjoy great food, drinks, live musical performances by Wyland Blues Planet Band member Nick-I Hernandez, Steven Ybarra, and the Kamala Brothers, silent and live auctions, special guests, and a presentation by sports and entertainment legend Leigh Steinberg "Building Our Future Through Community Involvement."  
The annual Wyland Foundation fundraiser is our single-most important fundraising event of the year. We invite you to join us to ensure our mobile environmental education exhibits, art and science programs, classroom teaching materials, community outreach campaigns, and live events continue to serve families from coast to coast.
Plus! Come aboard for an intimate pre-event VIP Coastal Cruise with Wyland. Don’t miss your chance - this event sold out early last year, as space is limited!



Stella's Whale Migration: A Florida's Children's Movement in the Power of Setting Goals

Children across Florida are taking part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella — a near life-size illustration of a baby right whale — migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other.

Famed muralist Wyland and South Florida school children created the giant painting in spring 2012 as part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered North Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400 animals. To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale's migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children's centers, starting Oct. 14 in Key Largo and concluding Nov. 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville.

Organizers including the Wyland Foundation, Harbor Branch Oceanographic at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Blue, Kids Eat Right and the Florida YMCA will host multi-media presentations with educators, nutritionists, and marine mammal experts at each school. Every stop will include a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella's journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success.

"Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia," says Wyland. "Her journey gives us a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals."

to follow Stella's Journey

The website features an interactive board for schools to upload photos of Stella's visit to their institution, an animated map of Stella's journey, a video of Stella's creation, and teacher information kits with art contest materials, environmental science lessons, health and wellness tips, and activities about academic goal setting. The website also features submissions to the “Stella’s Journey” art contest open to students grades K – 8th from across the state of Florida. Submissions will use the theme of Stella's migration to depict the importance of setting goals for healthier living and a healthier environment.

Where's Stella now? You can also follow her migration on Facebook or #StellaTheWhale.

Attention Florida Students, Grades K-8! Take Part in Stella's Journey Art Contest
October 14 - November 17, 2012

Presented by the Wyland Foundation, Florida Blue, YMCA, Toyota, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and Protect Florida Whales license plate with additional support from Fredrix Artist Canvas, Florida Right Whale Festival, and Kids Eat Right.

World-renowned environmental artist Wyland is inviting students, grades K-8, across the state of Florida to take part in “Stella’s Journey,” a unique art contest celebrating the importance of goal setting for a healthy environment.
The road to a healthier world can be an exciting journey. By setting goals and actively striving to reach them, we can improve our personal health – and the health of our planet. Understanding the relationship between goal setting and personal accomplishments creates a more motivated and actively involved community to improve the world around us — as well as improve our overall health and wellness. The “Stella’s Journey” art contest provides a forum for Florida students, grades K-8, to artistically depict the importance of setting goals for a healthier life - and a healthier environment.
Show off your creativity and artistically depict the importance of setting goals for a healthier environment.  You can use any artistic medium you like - painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, or mixed media.  Have your parents enter your artwork by November 17 along with your entry form.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive an online art lesson by Wyland himself for their class!

for more information

Partner Spotlight: Florida Blue

Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Florida Blue's mission is to help people and communities achieve better health.  Accordingly, Florida Blue has been instrumental in bringing the Stella’s Whale Migration program to the families of Florida to instill a better understanding of the importance of setting goals for healthier living – and a healthier environment.

Florida Blue has approximately 4 million health care members and covers 15.5 million people in 16 states through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit