PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.
ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Dinner
You will have an opportunity to watch the new video, "A Treasure in the Sea: Channel Islands", talk with park personnel, walk through the native plant garden, and view exhibits which highlight the natural and cultural features of the islands. Enjoy the bookstore and the scenic view from the tower.
After viewing the exhibits, walk 0.38 mile along the harbor to a restaurant in Harbor Village.Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Harbor VillageAfternoon: CLASS: Channel Islands National Park
Topics related to the Channel Islands such as cultural history, native history, marine life, geology, natural history and research are presented during afternoon based upon instructor availability.Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: CLASS: Channel Islands National Park
Topics related to the Channel Islands such as cultural history, native history, marine life, geology, natural history and research are presented during evening based upon instructor availability.Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Twelve miles from the mainland a five-mile-long spine of rock emerges from the ocean, breaks into three islets, and offers itself as home to 265 species of plants and a bevy of seabirds - with the largest brown pelican rookery on the Pacific Coast. On charts, the island of 737 acres appears as East, Middle, and West Anapaca. The Chumash called it Anyapakh or "mirage". It was anything but a mirage on the night of December 2, 1853, when the sidewheel steamer Winfield Scott running at full speed crashed into rocks off Middle Anacapa and sank. The Coast Guard built a light beacon in 1912 and a light station in 1932.
Guided 2 mile nature walk on Anacapa IslandLunch: Bag lunch on Anacapa IslandAfternoon: Anacapa Island (continued)
The Island Packers boat returns to the mainland at approx. 4:00PM.Dinner: Dinner at hotelLodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Mission San Buenaventura founded in 1782, to the classic 1912 City Hall and birthplace of the Perry Mason novels, Richard Senate describes how Ventura has retained a strong sense of its past, traditions and architecture as you explore downtown Ventura on foot.Morning: CLASS: Channel Islands National Park
Topics related to the Channel Islands such as cultural history, native history, marine life, geology, natural history and research are presented during the morning based upon instructor availability.Lunch: Lunch at hotelAfternoon: Free afternoon to explore Ventura on your ownDinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: CLASS: Channel Islands National Park
Topics related to the Channel Islands such as cultural history, native history, marine life, geology, natural history and research are presented during the evening based upon instructor availability.Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
With its pristine beaches and grass covered hills, Santa Cruz is the largest island of the five islands comprising Channel Island National Park, and is a miniature of what Southern California looked like 100 years ago.
On the island, you'll have a choice of 2 hikes: Scorpion Canyon is an easy 1-mile round trip walk with good examples of native and endemic plants. Cavern Point is a 2-mile round trip hike that takes approximately 1 hour 30 min. to hike. The trail climbs 300 ft on the first third of the hike to Cavern Point and then flattens out providing expansive vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel. Guides talk about the isolation of the island, animals, plants, restoration projects, ranch history, and the marine environment at stops along the trail.Lunch: Bag lunch on islandAfternoon: Santa Cruz Island (continued)
The boat returns to the mainland at approximately 5:00PM.Dinner: Dinner at hotelLodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Topics related to the Channel Islands such as cultural history, native history, marine life, geology, natural history and research are presented during the morning based upon instructor availability.
HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Channel Islands National Park adventure and will join us for other rewarding programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast
Ventura, CA 93001
Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. It is the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Serra. Visitors will discover a small museum with mission artifacts such as Chumash basketry, a quiet courtyard, and 250 year-old paintings of the Stations of the Cross.For additional information, visit: www.sanbuenaventuramission.org
One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costumes.For additional information, visit: www.venturamuseum.org
Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel.For additional information, visit: www.ventura-usa.com