14758
California

Channel Islands National Park: Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands

Explore the pristine ecology of Channel Islands National Park, discovering a wealth of unique flora, fauna and geology as you learn the islands’ story from local naturalists.
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Program No. 14758RJ
Length
6 days
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1,249

At a Glance

Relatively untouched by modern culture, California’s Channel Islands National Park is an oasis of natural splendor, earning the nickname “America’s Galapagos.” Travel by boat and experience two of the five islands that comprise the park — Anacapa, with its steep sea cliffs and lighthouse, and Santa Cruz, the most diverse. Get up close to the rich array of plant life, sea birds, fish and mammals — some found nowhere else in the world.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Climbing ladder and stairs.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Expert naturalists lead expeditions to two of the islands of Channel Islands National Park.
  • Discover how the islands’ isolation has created a unique ecosystem.
  • Trace the human history from the Chumash Indians, to explorers, fur traders, ranchers and scientists.
Featured Expert
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Don Morris
Don Morris retired in 2001 after enjoying a forty-one year career as a National Park Service archeologist, the last 16 years of which he spent at Channel Islands National Park. There he investigated and reported upon subjects ranging from historic shipwrecks and farmhouses to what are currently the oldest known human remains in North America, the Arlington Woman. In 1994, he worked as the project archeologist on the excavation of the most complete (94% or thereabouts) pygmy mammoth ever located on the Channel Islands.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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