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.
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Program No. 22313RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Scott O'Dell's beloved children's book "Island of the Blue Dolphins" tells the tale of Karana, a young Nicoleño Indian girl left alone to survive for 18 years on a Pacific island off the California coast. On this adventure with your grandchild, explore the waters around the Channel Islands, considered the "Galapagos of California," and learn the Chumash Indian survival skills that saved Karana — digging a canoe, starting a fire, sewing clothing and making tools. Maneuver a sea kayak and 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, craft plant material into cords and rope, sew, craft basic tools and make fire in the wild as “Island of the Blue Dolphins” is brought to life.
  • Explore the Channel Islands’ rich natural history and diverse wildlife with naturalists as you learn why they are considered the “Galapagos of California.”
  • Go snorkeling in a secluded cove and in a kelp forest, see pelicans and harbor seals and experience a whale watch to sight whales, dolphins and porpoises.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. Wet suits provided; personal wet suits 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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