Channel Islands School Programs | Environmental Science

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.

Areas of Study at Channel Islands

In our classroom, students have the unique opportunity to observe, experience, and personally connect with nature in the Channel Islands.  Our core academic emphases are:

  • Life Science & Ecology
  • Earth Science & Geology
  • Island Biogeography
  • Current Environmental Issues

Your program can focus on one or more of these areas of study, depending on your classroom's needs.  We recommend selecting one area of study for a more in-depth learning experience.

Life Science & Ecology

Delve into ecosystems in the Channel Islands by discovering what organisms live in this Mediterranean climate and the adaptations they need to survive in this unique and challenging environment. Find the ways that organisms depend on and affect each other, and ultimately, see how everything is connected.

Earth Science & Geology

Discover how the Channel Islands were formed over geologic time while learning about plate tectonics, volcanoes, the rock cycle, erosion, and how humans may have an impact on some of these processes. Find out how the Channel Islands are connected to the Santa Monica Mountains!

Island Biogeography

The Channel Islands have a rich history that has resulted in unique plants and animals inhabiting these islands. Discover how these organisms have evolved to survive there and learn about the conservation success stories of several different species. Find out why some plants and animals look different on the islands than they do on the mainland!

Current Environmental Issues

Climate change is a critical issue in today's world, especially in our national parks.  Learn about what climate change is, how it may affect the Channel Islands, and how actions at home can impact our natural world.  Discuss some of the conservation issues that are ongoing today, such as marine protected areas and land management.


Or inquire via phone:
Karen Oxrider


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