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SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA

Santa Catalina Island: Land and Sea

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Program #10853RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The highest elevation we will travel to is 1,600 feet above sea level during the island field trip.

Equipment Requirements
Comfortable walking shoes for uneven terrain are recommended. You will have a chance to tour the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Be aware no shoes are allowed inside, so you may want to bring a nice pair of socks to slip on.

Itinerary for Mar 25 — Mar 29, 2013

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Type: Field Station

Description: The USC Wrigley Marine Science Center is a rather upscale field station with nicely furnished, comfortable rooms and meeting areas. The waters around the center are a marine reserve. Wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks are available for visitor use at no additional charge, as is a computer lab with internet access. Most cell phones have excellent reception. The town of Two Harbors is about a 40-minute walk from the center over dirt roads. Guests can also call a water taxi to take them to town. The town has 130 residents, a very well-stocked general store, a restaurant and bar, bed and breakfast, campground and public ferry service to the mainland.

Contact info:
Big Fisherman's Cove
(1.7 miles from town of Two Harbors)
Avalon, CA 90704 USA
phone: 310-510-0811
web: www.wrigley.usc.edu

Room amenities: Rooms have refrigerators.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some of the rooms share a bath with one other room. A maximum of four people would share a bath. For example, 2 couples or 4 same-sex singles may share a bath.


Day One: Monday, March 25 - Arrival and Check-in/Activities and get-acquainte...
Depart From: Boat departs SCMI at 7:30 AM, arrives on Catalina 9:00 AM.

Morning: On arrival your luggage will be unloaded from the boat and dropped off in front of the residence hall. Group leader will do a campus orientation as group walks up the hill to the residence hall. Housekeeping will do a housing orientation. Check in to rooms. Free time until lunch.

Lunch: Lunch Program orientation

Afternoon: Introduction to Catalina's ecology through a nature walk; Seaweed pressing workshop; Get-acquainted social (Wine, beer, soda, bottled water and munchies will be provided.)

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: "Catalina Island: Land & Sea" documentary movie.

Lodging: USC Wrigley Marine Science Center

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The USC Wrigley Marine Science Center is a rather upscale field station with nicely furnished, comfortable rooms and meeting areas. The waters around the center are a marine reserve. Wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks are available for visitor use at no additional charge, as is a computer lab with internet access. Most cell phones have excellent reception. The town of Two Harbors is about a 40-minute walk from the center over dirt roads. Guests can also call a water taxi to take them to town. The town has 130 residents, a very well-stocked general store, a restaurant and bar, bed and breakfast, campground and public ferry service to the mainland.

Contact info:
Big Fisherman's Cove
(1.7 miles from town of Two Harbors)
Avalon, CA 90704 USA
phone: 310-510-0811
web: www.wrigley.usc.edu

Room amenities: Rooms have refrigerators.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some of the rooms share a bath with one other room. A maximum of four people would share a bath. For example, 2 couples or 4 same-sex singles may share a bath.


Day Two: Tuesday, March 26 - Natural history, hike, marine life studies and ex...
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Catalina natural history lecture. Deer Valley nature hike.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Collect plankton at the dock; Microscope lab; Touch tank visit; Two Harbors Excursion.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: "Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina" documentary movie.

Lodging: USC Wrigley Marine Science Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The USC Wrigley Marine Science Center is a rather upscale field station with nicely furnished, comfortable rooms and meeting areas. The waters around the center are a marine reserve. Wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks are available for visitor use at no additional charge, as is a computer lab with internet access. Most cell phones have excellent reception. The town of Two Harbors is about a 40-minute walk from the center over dirt roads. Guests can also call a water taxi to take them to town. The town has 130 residents, a very well-stocked general store, a restaurant and bar, bed and breakfast, campground and public ferry service to the mainland.

Contact info:
Big Fisherman's Cove
(1.7 miles from town of Two Harbors)
Avalon, CA 90704 USA
phone: 310-510-0811
web: www.wrigley.usc.edu

Room amenities: Rooms have refrigerators.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Some of the rooms share a bath with one other room. A maximum of four people would share a bath. For example, 2 couples or 4 same-sex singles may share a bath.


Day Three: Wednesday, March 27 - Island Field Trip/Closing Ceremony and Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Van field trip across Catalina Island. Primary stops and activities include: naturalist-led walk at Little Harbor beach; Visit the Catalina Conservancy nature center at the Airport-In-The-Sky; 3-hour layover in Avalon. On your own for tours, shopping, visit to botanical garden, etc.

Lunch: Sack lunches will be distributed at the start of the Avalon layover.

Afternoon: Return from Avalon. Arrive at the Wrigley Marine Science Center around 5:00 pm.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Free time.

Lodging: USC Wrigley Marine Science Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, March 28 - Lecture, Tour and Departure/Boat to San Pedro
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Nature printing workshop; Computer-animated presentation of plate tectonics and the geology of Santa Catalina Island.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Hyperbaric medicine lecture. Tour of Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Sushi making workshop.

Dinner: Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, March 29 - Check out of rooms, lecture and program wrap up. ...
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Check out of rooms. Marine conservation lecture. Laminated algae pressings will be handed out. Last chance to relax before the boat departs.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Boat departs at 12:30 PM and arrives in San Pedro at 2:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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