Are you looking for fun outdoor summer activities for you and your family? Friends of the Dunes is excited to announce that a physically-distanced version of the 26th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival will be taking place during the entire month of July 2021! Participants will have the opportunity to form a household team, create a sandy masterpiece, vote for their favorite sculptures, and win exciting prizes. 

More details on the 2021 Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival coming soon. 

2019 People's Choice: Northcoast Environmental Center
with their sculpture titled "Lend a Hand, or Eight." 
Photo Credit: Mark Larson


View the 2020 sand sculpture entries at our online gallery. You can also view sculptures on social media by searching the hashtags #SandSculptureFestival2020 and #FriendsoftheDunes.

Click here for photos from our 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival.

Click here for a full archive of our past sculptures.

We all love the beach, and it is up to us to keep it clean and healthy! Here are some ways you can help:

  • Enjoy wildlife at a distance. Avoid areas that have special wildlife concerns, such as endangered Western Snowy Plover habitat.  Humboldt County beaches to avoid include Stone Lagoon, Big Lagoon, and South Spit. For more information regarding Western Snowy Plovers, click here

Western Snowy Plover nests blend in with the sand, and are difficult to spot. Do your part to aid in their recovery by avoiding the areas in which they are known to nest. Click the image to learn more. 

Western Snowy Plover nest. Image courtesy of California State Parks.



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