"Channel Islands National Park is often referred to as the “North American Galapagos” for good reason. Composed of five tectonically formed islands and surrounded by an extensive marine sanctuary, the park teems with wildlife not seen anywhere else on Earth. Endemic species of fox, skunk, and lizard, plus millions of shorebirds call these islands home. Humpback and gray whales travel the surrounding waters, while tens of thousands of elephant seals and sea lions find respite on sandy shores. archaeological evidence shows the presence of humans as far back as 13,000 years ago. The oldest human remains found anywhere are likely an ancestor of the Chumash, who lived here before they were forcibly moved to the mainland by Spanish conquerors in the 1820s.
“Millions of people live on the Southern California mainland, but [in the park] you don't hear engines or see lights or have any sense that human beings other than you exist,” local novelist T.C. Boyle told Sunset magazine in 2011. Indeed, on these islands, nature rules. Today, the islands remain the center of the Chumash creation story, told to overnight visitors by crackling campfire, under the stars. Activities like this are part of what makes a visit to Channel Islands National Park a remarkable adventure, just 20 miles from big city life. Visitors are drawn to the park’s five islands seeking wildlife, solitude, and active adventures, such as sea kayaking and snorkeling. On Santa Cruz Island, you can paddle into North America’s second-largest sea cave, while nearby Anacapa Island provides extraordinary birding and photography opportunities. More remote islands like Santa Rosa offer challenging backpacking and rare pine trees, while San Miguel Island allows hardy travelers the chance to witness thousands of pinnipeds gathering on wide beaches. The smallest island, Santa Barbara comes alive with vibrant wildflowers in spring." - National Geographic
Ferry rides are operated by Island Packers Cruises. You will likely see wildlife (whales and dolphins) on your 1 hour boat tour to and from the islands.
Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.
Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.
Channel Islands National Park
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