Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, approximately 1/4 hour. Walking up to 1/2 mile; generally flat terrain. Note: Islands accessible by park concessionaire boats. No island transportation; all areas accessed on foot; bicycles not allowed.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers hot and cold items plus milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel and ride to the Channel Islands National Park Largomarsino Visitor Center in Ventura Harbor. There, we will have an opportunity to watch a short movie, “Treasure in the Sea,” narrated by Kevin Costner. We will also meet and talk with park personnel, walk through the native plant garden, and view exhibits that highlight the natural and cultural features of the islands. We’ll then have some time for independent exploration to browse and enjoy the scenic view from the tower before walking into Harbor Village.
At a restaurant on the water’s edge in Harbor Village, we’ll have a plated meal that includes dessert and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Returning to the hotel, we’ll be joined by a local expert for a presentation on a variety of topics related to the Channel Islands. They were created by tectonic forces roughly five million years ago and have a distinct nature that differentiates them from mainland California. The national park was established in 1980.
We’ll continue learning about the Channel Islands with our local expert. Due to their isolated history, numerous species of plants and animals on these islands cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The islands and their protected waters serve as a habitat for animals living in the massive kelp forests, including approximately 1,000 species of fish and other animals ranging from plankton to blue whales, the largest creatures on Earth. For our field trip tomorrow, remember to bring your personal water bottle.