Founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993.


Wyland Art Lesson

Dana Wharf and The Wyland Foundation have entered into a partnership to offer the most unique and creative experience on the water.

Every Saturday from January - April !!

Art Lesson & VIP Boarding 9am - 9:45am
Whale Watching 10am - 12pm

$5 donation includes Art Lesson and 2-hour whale watching adventure package for children ages 3-12.
(*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult
– with up to 2 children allowed per adult.)

$45 Adults
$25 Kids 12 and under (Without Art Lesson Participation)

Running every Saturday January - April, from 9am noon, participants get an art lesson presented by Wyland, via video feed, then continue the adventure with a 2-hour whale watching trip all on Dana Wharf's flagship 95 ft. vessel, the Dana Pride. All children's artwork will be entered into a contest to win prizes including the GRAND PRIZE of a framed limited edition signed and numbered giclee on paper of Wyland's "Tails of Great Whales" valued at over $1,000!



All participates also receive a FREE GIFT from Wyland's art studio (valued at $20), and accompanying adults get FREE coffee a true bargain for the required $5 donation. For those over 12, the 2-hour whale watching adventure is $45, and $35 for military & seniors (55 and over). The kids price is normally $25 for children (3-12) making this package a particularly exceptional value at only $5, with all donation proceeds benefitting Wyland Foundation art and science education program.

Carefully chosen by Wyland himself, winners of the contest will be announced May 11th at Dana Wharf. There are winners from each of three categories, including 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 years of age. One winner from each category will receive a $25 gift card to the Wyland studio in Laguna Beach and two free whale watching tickets from Dana Wharf. The winning artwork from each category will be framed and hung for public viewing at Dana Wharf during the month of May. The Grand Prize winner will receive a framed limited edition signed and numbered giclee on paper of Wyland's world renowned painting, "Tails of Great Whales" valued at over $1,000!


Renowned artist signed & framed each winner's artwork. 200 participants enjoyed the lesson and whale watching adventure.

Josie and Her Family with Grand Prize

Josie Burke, 8, is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Wyland's Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild sponsored by Dana Wharf Whale Watching. Burke's rendition of Wyland's lesson won her the coveted framed limited edition, signed and numbered Giclee on Paper of Wyland's "Tails of Great Whales" valued at over $1,000!


"Josie's piece is beautifully done. She has great lines, proportion and depth and she captured the spirit of the magnificent mammal." Said Wyland.

Carefully chosen by Wyland himself, winners from each category received a $25 gift card to the Wyland studio in Laguna Beach and two free whale watching tickets from Dana Wharf. The winning artwork from each category will also be framed and hung for public viewing at Dana Wharf during the month of June.

"We are so proud to offer this program to kids. By combining Wyland's art lesson with a whale watching adventure, kids are able to connect the dots between are and nature, seeing the mammals they just drew out in their natural environment," said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf. "We are proud to be exclusively endorsed by Wyland and thrilled to continue our partnership and this program that's growing every year."

World renowned environmental artist Wyland continued his partnership with Dana Wharf, offering the exclusive Wyland's Whale and Dolphin Adventure and Art Lesson in the Wild and featured all new art for 2014. Specially designed for youth 3-12, the limited-time program included the exclusive Wyland art lesson and a 2-hour whale watching adventure that immediately followed the lesson. A $5 donation goes to the Wyland Foundation and includes the art lesson and all materials, and the 2-hour whale watching adventure.

Fish for Life founder Jim Holden, Wyland, and Dana Wharf General Manager Donna Kalez.

The Gray Whale migration is one of the longest mammalian odysseys on the planet. They depart their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas end of summer, heading south, towards Baja California, Mexico at an average rate of 3-6 mph. They can be seen on their southbound route, off the coast of Dana Point, from end of November through February. Once they reach the calm protected lagoons of Baja, they give birth to their calves and mate. The newborns acquire a critical layer of fat from their mother's milk, so they can survive the long journey back to Alaska, escorted by their mothers. They can be spotted on their northbound journey, off Dana Point, from February through end of April. Our guests spend their trip cruising up and down the spectacular south Orange County Coastline and may view areas such as Strands Beach in Dana Point, South Laguna, San Clemente Pier and Seal Rock. Wildlife typically seen include common dolphin, California sea lions, seals, cormorant, pelicans and sea gulls. The adventure offers the chance to see Gray Whales. Fin, Humpback, Orca, Blue and Minke whales as well as sharks and other exciting marine life may be spotted too.

Dana Wharf's newest vessel is the 63' catamaran, the Ocean Adventures, which comfortably holds up to 49 passengers. This luxury vessel was built exclusively for Dana Wharf and is the newest boat in the California whale watching business! This eco-friendly vessel is the future of whale watching and features high-tech viewing cameras mounted at the bow, a roomy viewing deck, and the smoothest ride on the water! You will LOVE this vessel! For more information on the Ocean Adventures, please visit www.ococeanadventures.com!