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Online Program

Adventures Online: Explore Channel Islands’ Anacapa & Santa Cruz

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and biodiversity of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands in Channel Islands National Park during this live, online learning adventure!
Program No. 24235RJ
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Online Program

Adventures Online: Explore Channel Islands’ Anacapa & Santa Cruz

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and biodiversity of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands in Channel Islands National Park during this live, online learning adventure!
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Program No. 24235 RJ
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At a Glance

Channel Islands National Park is often referred to as “North America’s Galapagos.” Discover the incredible ecosystems of two of its islands, Anacapa and Santa Cruz, during this online learning adventure, live from California! With naturalists, historians, authors and other experts, get an immersive look into human and natural history of these beautiful islands during lectures and virtual field trips. Learn about Anacapa Island, located 12 miles from the mainland and known for its lighthouse and seabird rookery, during online field trips with an expert. Discover the biodiversity of Santa Cruz Island and its beautiful beaches during virtual field trips, and hear about efforts to save the endangered island fox with a local naturalist. Throughout your virtual journey to the Channel Islands, enjoy in-depth presentations, Q&A sessions with experts and an opportunity to get to know fellow Road Scholars from around the country.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Trace human history on the islands from the native Chumash people to explorers, fur traders, ranchers and scientists, and hear from historical researcher Susan Morris on her research on the “Lone Woman,” the inspiration for the children’s novel, “Island of the Blue Dolphins.”
  • Study endemic plants, learn about efforts to save island foxes and hear about the fossils of pygmy mammoth found on the islands.
  • Meet author Ken McAlpine whose novel “Islands Apart” shares his journey through Channel Islands National Park, as inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.”

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Corinne Heyning Laverty
Corinne Heyning Laverty is a research associate and fellow at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, Member Board of Trustees, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, an associate of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and a member of the All Eight Club, a geographic organization that tracks the people who have ever set foot on all eight Channel Islands (of which there have only been 223). Her work has appeared in Lonely Planet, Western North American Naturalist, Eco Traveler, WhaleWatcher, Pacific Currents and Hippocampus Magazine, among other publications.

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

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Corinne Heyning Laverty View biography
Corinne Heyning Laverty is a research associate and fellow at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, Member Board of Trustees, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, an associate of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and a member of the All Eight Club, a geographic organization that tracks the people who have ever set foot on all eight Channel Islands (of which there have only been 223). Her work has appeared in Lonely Planet, Western North American Naturalist, Eco Traveler, WhaleWatcher, Pacific Currents and Hippocampus Magazine, among other publications.
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Alicia grew up as an Air Force brat, living in Japan, Texas, West Virginia, and South Dakota, then settling in Ventura. She is a licensed boat captain, certified SCUBA diver, and three units shy of my single subject-science teaching credential. She worked for The Nature Conservancy as a Naturalist, Island Packers as a Naturalist/Boat captain, and was the Research and Education Coordinator for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. She also volunteered on the committee that established marine reserves around the Channel Islands.
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Dr. Colleen Delaney is an associate professor of anthropology at CSU Channel Islands. She earned her PhD and master’s in archaeological anthropology from UCLA, and a bachelor’s in anthropology with a minor in museum studies from Beloit College. As an anthropologist she is committed to teaching all students the value of critical thinking, cultural awareness, and cultural understanding in the global world of today. As a broadly trained anthropologist, her research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary.
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Don Morris retired in 2001 after enjoying a forty-one year career as a National Park Service archaeologist, 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 archaeologist on the excavation of the most complete (94% or thereabouts) pygmy mammoth ever located on the Channel Islands.
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Susan Morris has been conducting historical research involving the Channel Islands since 1987. With a bachelor’s in journalism and a certificate in archaeology, she has participated in field studies on seven of the eight Channel Islands. She was the principal investigator of a cave-associated archaeology survey on Santa Rosa Island. Passionate about solving historical mysteries, her focus of the past eight years has been historical research for the Island of the Blue Dolphins website hosted by Channel Islands National Park.
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Ken McAlpine is an award-winning author who has written for various magazines ranging including National Geographic, winning three Lowell Thomas awards — travel writing's top award. Ken was born in Hong Kong and spent his childhood in Southeast Asia. He continued to travel throughout his life while writing, working on assignments from diving with white sharks to running the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Ken currently lives in Ventura and likes to stand in his yard at night, looking at the stars.
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Keri Dearborn is the Education Director for Friends of the Island Fox and has been with the organization since its founding in 2005. She holds a master’s degree in environmental education and developed FIF’s school and community education outreach program. She presents workshops to teachers on using the endangered island fox to teach science and math with a real world application and has worked on several education projects with Channel Islands National Park. A fifth-generation Californian, she finds the Channel Islands especially intriguing because they bring together her interests in local wildlife, native plants, native American cultures, and geology. Keri has taught on the subjects of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and local whales and dolphins for a UCLA Extension course in zoology. As a published author and poet, Keri blogs on sustainability issues and Southern California wildlife on AnimalBytes.net.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Santa Cruz Island: A History of Conflict and Diversity
by John Gherini
In this thorough history of the largest Channel Island, Gherini introduces the Chumash Indians who lived on the island in pre-Columbian times and details early European explorers and the Spanish-Mexican period, when the island became a haven for smugglers.
Natural History of the Islands of California
by Allan A. Schoenherr, C. Robert Feldmeth, Michael J. Emerson (Illustrator), David Mooney (Illustrator)
A survey of the ecology, geology and human history of California's coastal islands.
A Guide to East Santa Cruz Island: Trails, Routes and What to Bring
by Don Morris
These tips for travelers to East Santa Cruz Island help them enjoy the island to the fullest.
California's Channel Islands: A History
by Scott O'Dell
The Channel Islands, a string of eight islands off the coast of Southern California, are home to stunning landscapes and remarkable biodiversity. This scholarly work covers ecology as well as natural and human history.
Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization
by Ken McAlpine
McAlpine travels solo through Channel Islands National Park in California for week-long stretches while returning to the mainland intermittently. He mixes both experiences in this meditation on contemporary American life.
Images of America: The California Channel Islands
by Marla Daily
This Images of America installment introduces all eight of the Channel Islands, located off the coast of Southern California. Features archival photographs.
North America's Galapagos: The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey
by Corinne Heyning Laverty
A Los Angeles Times Best Selling book, also selected by the California State Library System for display in the historic Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, CA amongst a collection of significant California books.





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