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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Keri Dearborn
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.

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

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