Channel Island School Programs | Environmental Education

School & Group Environmental Science at Channel Islands

Leaving everything familiar behind, students study isolated landscapes and seascapes, experience unique animals and plants, and begin to think differently about the world and their place in it.

Learning in Nature’s Classroom

NatureBridge environmental science programs in Channel Islands National Park offer students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to learn hands-on science in one of the richest marine biospheres in the world. A single day trip to the Channel Islands is available with all 5-day Santa Monica Mountains programs. 

  • A classroom like no other: Known as the “Galapagos Islands of North America,” the significance of the Channel Islands is a result of their remote, isolated position at the confluence of two major ocean currents, a region of persistent oceanic upwelling, and the border of two tectonic plates. 
  • Inquiry-based learning: The story of this national park is best told through discovery of geological features, endemic species, archaeological findings, and learning about the deep cultural and ranching history of the islands.
  • Inspired to action: With more endangered species that only exist in this park than any other part of the National Park Service, students learn that the survival of these plants and animals depends on our ability to protect and restore the habitat of the islands.


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Karen Oxrider


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