Ackerman Native Plant Nursery
Airport in the Sky
Visit Airport in the Sky
Nature Center at Airport in the Sky
Pilot Information
Historic Sites
Nature Center at Avalon Canyon
Town Center
Virtual Tours
Wildflowers in Bloom
Wrigley Botanic Garden
Game Management
Hiking and Biking
Island Ecology Travel Program
Catalina Races
Guided Hikes (Summer)
Jeep Eco Tour
Land and Sea Tour
Other Tours and Activities
Volunteer Vacations
Wildlands Express Service
Airport in the Sky
Bike and Golf Cart Rentals
How to get to Catalina Island
Trolley and Taxi
Wildlands Express Service
Cautions / Policies
Pet Policies
Vehicular Policies
Monthly News from
the Conservancy!

Enter Your Email Address:

October 2016
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

The original Nature Center at the Airport in the Sky was funded in 1981 by a generous donation from the Offield Foundation to delight, entertain and most importantly educate visitors, many of who have seen the Island from the air, but never had a chance to explore it for a closer look.

The outdoor exhibit on the west side of the Airport terminal, is one of the first things visitors who fly to the Island see when walking off the tarmac – presenting them a first look at the issues facing the Conservancy in Island conservation.

Following a refurbishment in 2008, new, colorful and easy-to-read panels, provide guests with up-to-date insights on the Island and the forces, both natural and man-made, that threaten its delicate ecology.

Other Exhibits
Popular with visitors to the Nature Center is the Catalina history timeline featuring life-sized cutouts of the types of individuals who have inhabited the Island’s history from the original inhabitants, the Tongva from at least 6, 800 years ago; to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who discovered Catalina in 1542; to the cowboys, miners, and even a “bathing beauty” from the 1880’s when the Island first became a recreational haven for yachters and sports fishermen.

Another popular exhibit is the inspiring, multi-dimensional mural by artist Eve Templeton’s of the Island’s native fauna. Depicted are a family of Catalina quail, sharing the same underbrush as a rattlesnake and a field mouse. As a bald eagle soars above, a grasshopper suns himself and a frog gains a foothold on an oak. Another eagle watches the proceedings from a safe perch while a woodpecker sets to work on a dead tree. 

Of course, there is the awe-inspiring 40-foot long, and 28-foot wide tile map of Catalina, completed in 1989. The map was financed, created and manufactured by Marinero Board Member Bob Hood. Artwork was provided by San Pedro artist Nancy Grossman. 

The awe-inspiring tile map of Catalina is a favorite of visitors to the Nature Center at the Airport in the Sky.

Check the signpost for direction to fun and adventure.

With a history dating back thousands of years, a wide cross section of people have called Catalina home.


Island Maps | News & Media | Activities Calendar | Site Map | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Job Listings | Donate Now | FAQs | Login
P.O. Box 2739, Avalon, CA 90704 | Phone: (310) 510-1445
320 Golden Shore, Suite 220, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Phone: (562) 437-8555
Copyright © 2016 Catalina Island Conservancy. All rights reserved.