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Catalina Island Guided Workshop

  • Hermit Gulch Campground Avalon Canyon Road Avalon, CA, 90704 United States (map)

This four-day immersive workshop will introduce participants to the natural history, conservation efforts, and cultural prehistory of Santa Catalina Island, the largest of California’s southern Channel Islands.

You’ll have an opportunity to explore within the wild-urban interface of Avalon, while engaging in citizen science. This workshop is organized by The Wildlife Society and the California Center for Natural History.

Splitting our time between marine and terrestrial ecosystems, we’ll discuss the island’s biology, as well as its archaeology, geology, and conservation in situ. You’ll have a chance to snorkel in a location voted the world's healthiest marine environment by Scuba Diving Magazine; meet some of the island’s champions of conservation; and look for unique endemic species found only on Catalina.


Participants can expect to snorkel, hike, bird, and even collect specimens for research institutions. There will be free time for exploring on your own, as well. By the end of the workshop, you will be a certified Catalina Naturalist.

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