Please mark your calendars to join the Catalina Island Conservancy on one of its day-long visits to the wild side through its Families in Nature program. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Conservancy will be offering Island families an opportunity to experience and explore Black Jack Campgrounds, Little Harbor and other great spots in Catalina’s wildlands.
The naturalist-led trips are offered free of charge to all Island residents, including Two Harbors residents. All they need to do is make a reservation by calling 310-510-0954 ext. 223 or 224. Pick up and drop off will be at the Tour Plaza in Avalon.
Depending on the location, opportunities for swimming, hiking and exploring will be provided before and after the traditional BBQ-potluck lunch, and all participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share. These monthly events offer an opportunity for Island families to have fun and increase their understanding of Catalina’s natural resources, the conservation of those resources and how they can help protect this very special place.
All trips are on Saturdays, with the exception of the Little Harbor trip which will take place on a Wednesday during spring break. Here are the upcoming trips: Dec. 19, Black Jack Campgrounds, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; January 23, 2016, Airport in the Sky, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;
February 20, 2016, Ackerman Native Plant Nursery in Middle Ranch, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;
March 30, 2016, Little Harbor, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and April 23, 2016, Two Harbors, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Once again, the Conservancy is able to provide Families in Nature program thanks to a generous grant provided by Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Fourth District. The Conservancy was pleased to receive another grant from the supervisor because the funding pays for transportation to and from the interior sites and for supplies, like charcoal and children’s games.
About the Conservancy
Formed in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy is one of California’s oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of rugged shoreline. It provides an airport and 50 miles of biking and nearly 150 miles of hiking opportunities within its road and trail system. The Conservancy conducts educational outreach through two nature centers, its Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and guided experiences in the Island’s rugged interior. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites. It also contains numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. The Island is home to 60 species – and counting – that are found only on Catalina. For additional information, please visit www.catalinaconservancy.org.