Catalina Island Ecology Safari
Grades 4-8

Maritime Field Trip 1-2 days

This program is an educational adventure offering participants an opportunity to explore the ecology of Catalina Island, both on land and in the surrounding waters.  Students will develop a unique perspective and gain in-depth knowledge of this popular Channel Island.

Whether hiking through the coastal sage, finding an ancient lava dome, snorkeling in the calm waters of Little Fisherman’s Cove, witnessing a sea lion chasing a flying fish, or attempting to define the physical parameters of the island itself, your students experience science and nature in ways they will not forget.

4th: S 2a, b, c; 3a, b, c; 4a, b; 5a, b, c; 6a, c, d, e, f 
5th: S 2a, c, f, g; 4a, b, c, d; 6a, f, g, h, 
6th: S 1a, c, d, e; 2a, c, d; 5a-e; 7a, b, c, e, f, g, h 
7th: S 3a, e; 4a, b, c, e, f; 7a, c 
8th: S 9a

One Day Option

You can customize this 12 hour voyage to include several of the following activities: snorkeling, geologic investigations, plant classification, mud flat ecology, and catch-and-release fishing. Any combination of these activities is sure to make for an action-packed island adventure!

Two Day Option

As the students head out to sea they will look for ocean wildlife, explore mapping and investigate bathymetry. On the island the students will engage in geologic investigations, plant classification, mud flat ecology and snorkeling. The students return to the boat for a BBQ dinner, nighttime activities, and spend the night anchored in a serene island cove. In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, students practice population data sampling through catch and release fishing. On the voyage home students will conclude their adventure by performing fish and squid dissections.


4th: S 2a, b, c; 3a, b, c; 4a, b; 5a, b, c; 6a, c, d, e, f 
5th: S 2a, c, f, g; 4a, b, c, d; 6a, f, g, h, 
6th: S 1a, c, d, e; 2a, c, d; 5a-e; 7a, b, c, e, f, g, h 
7th: S 3a, e; 4a, b, c, e, f; 7a, c 
8th: S 9a