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
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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 marine mammals — some found nowhere else in the world.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Climbing ladder from boat to dock or pier; climbing 157 stairs to island plateau. Boat trips one hour each way.

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.

General Notes

You may enjoy a three-night version of this program, "Santa Cruz Island of Channel Islands National Park: The American Galapagos” (#9176).
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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.
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