Explore the “Island of the Blue Dolphins” With Your Grandchild

Trace the footsteps of Karana from “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” learning outdoor survival skills, snorkeling the Channel Islands and learning about the Chumash Indians who lived here.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 22313RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
1,149 / CHILD

At a Glance

Can you imagine being lost on an island all by yourself? That’s what happened to Karana, a young Nicoleño Indian girl in the classic tale "Island of the Blue Dolphins.” On this adventure with your grandchild, explore the waters around the Channel Islands that Karana might have explored, and learn the Chumash Indian survival skills that saved Karana — digging a canoe, starting a fire, sewing clothing and making tools. Learn to paddle a sea kayak, go snorkeling in a secluded cove with a kelp forest and see pelicans, harbor seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Stand for extended periods, climb a rung ladder from boat to island, paddle a sea kayak (no experience necessary), wear a wet suit, snorkel in open waters.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how to construct a plank canoe, make rope with plants and build a fire in the wild just like Karana did in the “Island of the Blue Dolphins” book.
  • Discover why the Channel Islands are considered the “Galapagos of California” as you learn about (and spot) some of the 2,000 animal and plant species that live there.
  • Experience the wildlife of the Channel Islands as you snorkel in a secluded cove and a kelp forest and during a boat ride to watch for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. Wet suits and snorkel gear provided; personal wet suits or snorkel gear welcome.
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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.

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

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