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.

Sample Day

One of the best ways to get a sense of our programs at the Channel Islands is to check out our daily schedule. Below is a rough sketch of what a typical day might look like. Please be aware that trips to the Channel Islands are only offered when booking a five-day (5-day) Santa Monica Mountains trip.


Channel Islands Day Trip

Time Activity Location  Comments 
7:30 - 8 a.m. Arrival to Island Packers Ventura Harbor Arrive at Venura Harbor for your day trip to the Channel Islands
8 - 9 a.m. Group Activities Ventura Harbor Boat safety orientation and teambuilding games
9 - 10:30 a.m.*** Board Boat to the Channel Islands Ventura Harbor Travel to the Channel Islands and look for marine wildlife
10:30 - 11 a.m. Off-Board Boat at the Channel Islands Scorpion Anchorage - Santa Cruz Island Group participates in island orientation by NPS staff
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.                    Instructional Day Hike & Lunch on Trail Hike to Potato Harbor - Santa Cruz Island Thematic teaching days based on our Areas of Study and California Science Standards.
3 - 3:30 p.m. Large Group Activity & Reflection Scorpion Anchorage - Santa Cruz Island Activities may include large group teambuilding or exploring the rocky shores
3:30 - 4 p.m.*** Board Boat to Return to Ventura Harbor Scorpion Anchorage - Santa Cruz Island  
4 - 5 p.m. Travel to Ventura Harbor Islands Packers Boat Look for marine wildlife, including whales and dolphins
5 - 6 p.m. Off-Board Boat & Travel  Ventura Harbor Travel back to camp (Circle X or Camp Shalom) for dinner

***The time of year will dictate the actual times of ferry departures and arrivals.  Your group's arrival and ferry times may differ from those listed above.

Or inquire via phone:
Karen Oxrider


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