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Many thanks to Irvine resident Luke Aronson for this wonderful and informative video about our Marine Protected Areas. Congratulations, Luke, on the successful completion of your Eagle Scout Project (Troop 695)!


Laguna Ocean Foundation is a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization founded in 2003 by a small group of concerned Laguna Beach residents in response to the VISION 2030 report.

Laguna Ocean Foundation is dedicated to sustainable ocean ecosystems along the Laguna Coast.

We envision an evolving understanding of our local marine resources in order for Laguna Beach to better protect and enhance this valuable wilderness.

We believe . . .

  • that through education and outreach we establish a knowledgeable public that cares about our oceans;
  • that using the expertise of regional scientists we follow an evolving research agenda that helps us better manage our coastal resources;
  • that by relying on current science and working in collaboration with key partners we establish sound policy to continually conserve and restore our marine habitats;
  • that by providing measurable outcomes to protect our ocean ecosystems in a highly stressed urban environment we are viewed as leaders who provide local solutions that can be scaled globally.

The Foundation is actively involved in coastal resource management through all of our activities and programs. Our initial program, the TideWater Docent program, has trained over 200 volunteers to provide interpretive education at local intertidal areas. Other programs and accomplishments include the Tidepool Education Program at Treasure Island, the Whale Tail Tidepool Education Program at Heisler Park, initiating the 2008 Shorebird Monitoring Program, publishing the results of the High School Rocky Intertidal Assessment Program, conducting an Environmental Impact Report training and workshop, collaborating with the Orange County Marine Protected Area Council to provide an enforcement training for local officers, conducting a teacher development workshop, and the adoption of two city ordinances written by LOF members to continue to aid in the protection of our local resources.

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TideWater Docent Training Dates:

Wednesday, January 18th 2017

Ocean Institute, Dana Point
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Summer Internship Resume Due Date:

March 15th
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Shorebird Survey Dates:

September 24, 2:30 to 4PM
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