The artist is known for his natural ability to engage youth.
"Painting keeps you young," said Wyland, who celebrated his 50th birthday last year.
Wyland will be spending much of the next several years abroad, painting Whaling Walls and other works in the United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, South Africa and China — the latter in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, where he hopes to paint three miles of murals alongside the Great Wall of China with kids from 204 countries.
The murals celebrate sea life and the ocean environment.
Beijing is working on making its games "green," which is important to Wyland, he said.
"We need an environmental renaissance," he said. "Water connects all people."
He feels that his talents will help to bring an international spotlight to the world's current state.
"Art is such an important medium for change in the world," Wyland said.
After completing 100 Whaling Walls, which he creates free of charge, Wyland said he will begin on creating 100 sculptures in 25 years.
Along with the last few of his famous Whaling Walls, the next few years will find Wyland hard at work on textbooks and other educational tools.
Last week found him in Laguna, where he spends a third of the year when not residing in Hawaii or Florida.
At the club with his mother, Darlene, Wyland taught the kids how he mixes color, suggested brush strokes and talked about his pets and past achievements.
One of the kids mentioned they saw him on TV's "Animal Planet;" the rest talked to each other excitedly about the show.
"That was awesome!" Wyland said of his appearance. He walked around the room, commenting on kids' creations and asking them to chant "Happy Earth Day!"
"Who wants me to stop talking and start painting?" Wyland asked the kids.
All of their hands shot into the air.
Walking past a giant handmade welcome banner, Wyland began by painting a wide swath of dark blue along the bottom of his canvas, which the kids energetically copied to the best of their abilities.