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TideWater Docent

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Created in 2003, the volunteer TideWater Docent program is the backbone of Laguna Ocean Foundation.

In the intervening years, it has enjoyed robust community support and the program has expanded to serve 5 coves in Laguna Beach with tidepool interpretation from trained volunteers. The program has over 50 volunteers who commit to at least one 3-hour shift per month, educating visitors about the unique ecology in the intertidal and about our Marine Protected Areas.

Volunteer Docents receive free training over three days that introduces them to intertidal life and the Marine Protected Area system in California. They are led by a Docent Trainer and Education and Outreach Coordinator and all work in close coordination with the Laguna Beach Department of Marine Safety and Laguna’s Marine Protection Officer. Volunteer TideWater Docents have the option to work at Crescent Bay, North or South Shaw’s Cove, Wood's Cove, or Goff Island throughout the year during low tides when the intertidal zone is most vulnerable.

Please reach out if you are interested and ask any questions you have! We look forward to having you on the rocks soon!

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1278 Glenneyre St. #133, LAGUNA BEACH, CA 92651, US

Mission Statement

We strive to optimize the health of Laguna’s vital coastal ecosystems through science, education and community involvement.


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. It was recognized through the report process that the coastal resources of Laguna Beach were an essential part of the community and there was a need for further protection and conservation of these resources. Locals and visitors flock to the beaches, tidepools, kelp forests and offshore habitats of Laguna Beach and the landscape of pristine sandy coves nestled between rocky intertidal points have long captured the imagination of artists.

With increasing visitation it was recognized that beach patrons to this community needed to be better educated concerning the delicacy of the marine ecosystems, with this goal the Tidewater Docent program was created in 2002 to provide interpretive education experiences at several Laguna beach tidepool sites. As the program expanded the local enthusiast decided that the program needed a home and that more could be done to further enlighten the community concerning conservation marine biology. The Foundation has expanded and grown, with a governing Board of Directors who oversee several programs, a professional consulting staff, and a large group of local volunteers and supporters.

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.


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


1278 Glenneyre St., #133Laguna Beach, CA 92651



  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Community Outreach




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least one 3-hour shift per month.
  • We ask that Docents have a passion for the beach, tidepools, and ocean and that they're excited to teach visitors about Laguna Beach's unique coastal resources.

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