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Santa Cruz Island of Channel Islands National Park: The American Galapagos

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4 Days | 3 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Robert Lopez

Bob Lopez is a fifth-generation resident of Ventura County and Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Moorpark College. While in college, Bob became interested in the history and archaeology of the Mission Period. This spurred his interest in the native peoples of the area: who they were, how they had adapted to the environment and what had happened to them. Now retired from teaching, Bob stays active in local archaeology through Road Scholar programs and the Ventura County Archaeological Society.

Margery Spielman

Margery Spielman is an internationally recognized environmental and marine artist, lecturer, naturalist and professional diver. An oceanography and scuba instructor, she is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked underwater on numerous films. Her freelance assignments for the Cousteau Society have included research logistics, diving, speaking and illustrating. Described as a visionary realist, she exhibits her watercolor paintings in major marine art expos from Hawaii to Paris.

Keri Dearborn

Keri Dearborn is the Education Director for Friends of the Island Fox and has been with the organization since its founding in 2005. She holds a master’s degree in environmental education and developed FIF’s school and community education outreach program. She presents workshops to teachers on using the endangered island fox to teach science and math with a real world application and has worked on several education projects with Channel Islands National Park. A fifth generation Californian, she finds the Channel Islands especially intriguing because they bring together her interests in local wildlife, native plants, native American cultures and geology. Keri has taught on the subjects of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and local whales and dolphins for a UCLA Extension course in zoology. As a published author and poet, Keri blogs on sustainability issues and Southern California wildlife on AnimalBytes.net.

Patricia Meyer

Patricia Meyer is president of the Channel Islands Park Foundation and director of the Friends of the Island Fox, a program of the Channel Islands Park Foundation. She was born and educated in England, immigrated to Canada, and then to the United States, settling in Los Angeles where she completed her MBA through the University of Redlands, California. Following an early career in advertising and marketing, Pat spent the remainder of her career as a vice president for a nationwide property-casualty insurance company. She has been a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo since 1994, where she also served for five years as editor of the docent newsletter, “All Creatures.” Pat lectures in the provisional docent’s zoological course, and is a member of the Lecture Advisory Committee. In 2004, she founded Friends of the Island Fox, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving this endangered species at Channel Islands National Park.

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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips


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