Santa Cruz Island of Channel Islands National Park
Explore the ecology of Santa Cruz Island, “The American Galapagos,” discovering a wealth of unique flora, fauna and geology as you learn the islands’ story from local naturalists.
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Program No. 9176RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Relatively untouched by modern culture, California’s Channel Islands National Park is an oasis of natural splendor. Journey by boat to experience the island of Santa Cruz with its pristine beaches and grass-covered hills. Examine Santa Cruz Island as a miniature representation of the Southern California of 100 years ago, and learn about a rich array of plant life, sea birds, fish and marine mammals, some found nowhere else in the world.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to half mile on flat, paved surfaces. Island hikes on uneven, dirt trails; one mile or longer walks optional. Boat trip one hour each way.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey by boat to Santa Cruz Island, the largest of five islands making up Channel Islands National Park.
  • Studies of the Channel Islands’ rich variety of flora, fauna and geology are led by local naturalists.
  • Trace the island's human history from the Chumash Indians to explorers, fur traders, ranchers, scientists and visitors of today.

General Notes

You may enjoy a five-night version of this program, "Channel Islands National Park: Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands” (#14758).
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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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