International Outreach

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center have participated with the Huntington Beach Sister City Committee, hosting adults and students from our Sister City Program each summer. The City of Huntington Beach has officially declared both Anjo, Japan and Manly Beach, Australia as Sister Cities.  We have had a long relationship with Anjo, Japan with both cities sharing and entertaining one another’s visitors.  Many citizens and City Council members have traveled to Anjo to enjoy the wonderful Japanese hospitality.  In turn their students always come to visit Huntington Beach during our 4th of July festivities, even riding on a float in the parade.  The adults usually come in the Fall.  While they are with us, families provide housing and dining experiences for our guests.  Visits are made to important sites in Huntington Beach, as well as other interesting sites in L.A. And O.C.  Our students visit Japan, staying with host families.  This allows them to get to know the people and to experience the culture of Japan.   While our visitors are in Huntington Beach, a visit to Shipley Nature Center, as well as the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is arranged.  The Friends of Shipley Nature Center usually provide a tour, followed by a luncheon for our Japanese guests.  Our Japanese friends  have provided not only friendships between our countries, but when the Huntington Beach Pier was destroyed during a storm, the Japanese provided significant funding for our city to be able to rebuild this iconic structure.

Our newest Sister City is Manly Beach, Australia and we look forward to welcoming their delegations to Shipley when they visit Huntington Beach.  Our City’s interest in Manly Beach is a long history as our common interest is our beach and our surfing culture, one that is shared by Manly.  Our lifeguards have  visited Manly many times, as well as hosting their lifeguards when they come to Huntington Beach.  We have already established a tie between our two cities and now we will be able to expand on two cultures with so much in common.  Shipley looks forward to welcoming our Australian visitors.

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A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

 

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Students posing with the Native American “Story Stick”

 

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All participating students