23917
California

Santa Cruz & Anacapa Islands: An Exclusive Discovery for Women

In the supportive company of women, experience two islands in “North America’s Galapagos” — Anacapa and Santa Cruz — learning about 145 plants and animals found nowhere else.
Program No. 23917RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,249

At a Glance

Add depth to your life in the company of women exploring two extraordinary Channel Islands — Anacapa and Santa Cruz — off the coast of Southern California. In a lively, reassuring environment, go ashore on this educational adventure to hike “North America’s Galapagos,” where 145 plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world. Perhaps spot an island fox during a day walking beautiful Santa Cruz. Or with new women friends on glorious Anacapa, hear a naturalist’s insight into the lovely but pesky red-flowered iceplant. Experience a memorable adventure — and perhaps create a lifetime connection in one of America’s remarkable island landscapes.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain; elevation change of 300 feet. One-hour boat ride each way.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join women adventurers and experts traveling by boat to experience Santa Cruz Island, the largest of five in Channel Islands National Park, and Anacapa Island, with its stunning coastal views.
  • Learn about the islands’ human history from the Chumash Indians to explorers, fur traders, ranchers, scientists and visitors of today.
  • Walk with a local expert experiencing Ventura and its welcoming locals, abundant green space, sunshine, Mission San Buenaventura (circa 1782), and its Southern California beach vibe.
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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