The Catalina Island Conservancy continues to strive to be a responsible steward of our lands, staff and visitors. As we monitor the latest updates from the CDC, WHO, State of California, LA County, and the City and business community of Avalon, we are trying to make sustainable, collaborative decisions for our island and community. The Conservancy takes the health and safety of the public, staff and residents very seriously.
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 the Conservancy visitor facilities and services will be mostly closed to the public.

In addition, all  group educational activities, Naturalist Trainings and the Last Friday Lecture Series, have been cancelled for March and April.  

You can become a Catalina Island Insider with the Conservancy's Naturalist Training.

The Naturalist Training Program is built upon the vision of Catalina as a premier ecotourism destination where the needs of the human community blend with the needs of the ecological community. The program is part of a major education initiative by the Catalina Island Conservancy to enrich the visitor and resident experience by ensuring that stewards have access to accurate and compelling information that highlights the ecology of the Island and the work of the Conservancy.

The Naturalist Training 3-Part Series Includes:

Naturalist 1 Training
2nd Wednesday of the Month/ Or by Request
Conservancy Nature Center and the Mainland

A 2-hour classrom-based overview of the natural and cultural history of the Island. This course highlights why Islands are important through the stories of Catalina Island. Attendees will learn about Catalina's geologic formation, unique species, cultural history and current land management.  Participation in this course ensures you have been given a solid understanding of the natural and cultural history of Catalina Island and are able to serve as a worthy ambassador for sustainable eco-tourism on Catalina Island.

On Island:
  • The open Naturalist 1 Training takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Conservancy Nature Center.
  • For a group of 6 or more people contact the Interpretation and Outreach Specialist to schedule your Level 1 Training.

On the Mainland:
March 18th, 2020

  • Join Us at Huntington Beach or Tustin REI Locations (Register Below)
June 20th, 2020
October 17th, 2020

Huntington Beach REI
August 16th, 2020

Naturalist 2 Training
Last Wednesday of the Month (unless otherwise noted)
8:00am - 3pm
Trailhead Visitor Center & Catalina Wildlands
$50 Registration 

An all-day excursion into the wildlands of Catalina that expands on the Level 1 training.  Participants can expect to learn up-to-date information and facts about the natural history of Catalina Island, including information about geology, plant communities biogeography and more while traveling to some of Catalina's unique and historic sites.

Participation in this course gives you the tools to look at the landscape of Catalina Island through the eyes of a Naturalist.  As a Certified Island Naturalist you are an ambassador of stewardship for this Island.

Register by Click on the Date Below.  Space is Limited.

10/30/19     1/29/20     2/26/20   3/25/20   4/29/20   5/27/20    6/24/20    7/29/20    8/26/20    9/30/20    10/28/20


Charter an educational excursion for your group! The Naturalist 2: On Demand is a full day field excursion into the Interior of the Island that connects adult learners to specific topics in ecology and natural history through guided exploration.

In this learning excursion, program participants will loop across the Island in provided transportation to discover more about:
  • Our arid, Mediterranean climate
  • The plants communities of Catalina
  • Unique wildlife and plants found on the Island
  • Geology and water of the Island, and features from hills to watersheds
  • Catalina’s coastlines from one side of the Island to the other

Groups can tailor their experience to have a more focused day on one of the following topics:
  • Geology
  • Endemic Plants and Animals
  • Coastal Exploration
  • Human History and Culture
  • Active Adventure (includes hike options from .5-3 miles)


The program is a flat rate of $550 per group (max: 14 individuals)

The program departs from Avalon at 8:00 am and returns to Avalon by 3:30 pm

A no-host lunch stop is scheduled at the Airport-in-the-Sky- group leaders can coordinate with DC-3 Grill to order and pay for lunch in advance

Programs are offered pending schedule availability- Please contact the Interpretation and Outreach Specialist if you are interested!

Catalina California Naturalist Program

Naturalist 3 Training is a partnership with the University of California-Agriculture and Natural Resources-Cooperative Extension, to bring the California Naturalist Program to Catalina Island. This course breaks down and delves deeper into the topics covered in Naturalist  1& 2 Trainings, while grounding Catalina natural history inside an introductory-level ecology course. Conservancy Instructors coordinate the course, but step aside for Catalina guest experts to instruct and lead field excursions in their areas of expertise.

In 2020 the Conservancy is offering the Catalina California Naturalist course as an online course culminating in an week-long immersion field school.

2020 Course Schedule:
Eight-week online coursework from 2/3 - 3/27
*2020 Course Full

One-week immersion field school on Catalina Island from 3/30 - 4/4

For more information on the UCANR California Naturalist Program, visit:

For more information, contact:
Hillary Holt
310-510-0954 x 226


Issue #1 / All About Bison

Issue #2 / All About Birds
Issue #3 / All About Plants
Issue #4 / All About Eagles
Issue #5 / All About Ravens & Crows
Issue #6 / All About Natives & Invasives   
Issue #7 / All About Rain
Issue #8 / All About Bison Roundup
Issue #9 / All About Foxes
Issue #10 / All About Weeds
Issue #11 / All About Eagle Hatchlings
Issue #12 / All About Snakes
Issue #13 / All About Diurnal Raptors 
Issue #14 / All About Diurnal Raptors II
Issue #15 / All About Giants & Dwarves 
Issue #16 / All About Fire Ecology
Issue #17 / All About Mule Deer
Issue #18 / All About Feral Cats
Issue #19 / All About Acorn Woodpeckers
Issue #20 / All About Tachi the Fox
Issue #21 / All About Observing Nature
Issue #22 / All About Bald Eagle Update
Issue #23 / All About Invasive Plants
Issue #24 / All About Poisonous Plants
Issue #25 / All About the Value of Nature
Issue #26 / All About Edible Invasives
Issue #27 / All About Plants in Summer
Issue #28 / All About Marine Ecosystems
Issue #29 / All About Dominant Rocks
Issue #30 / All About Catalina’s Tongva
Issue #31 / All About Wildlife Fast Facts
Issue #32 / All About Wrigley Memorial
Issue #33 / All About Endemic Species
Issue #34 / All About Conservancy Volunteers
Issue #35 / All About Catalina’s Wildflowers

Issue #36 / All About Catalina’s Migratory Birds
Issue #37 / All About Reptiles & Amphibians
Issue #38 / All About Catalina's Spiders
Issue #39 / All About Nature Ethic
ssue #40 / Going Batty
Issue #44 / Island Invasives
Issue #45 / 2015 CIC Symposium 
Issue #46 / Wildflowers

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