50th Anniversary

The Catalina Island Conservancy is celebrating 50 years of stewarding Catalina through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. For the last half century and counting, the Conservancy has been preserving Catalina Island’s timeless nature. 
In 1972, members of the Wrigley and Offield families established the Catalina Island Conservancy as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of Catalina’s wildlands.  Philip Knight Wrigley envisioned the Island as a living laboratory, including 42,000 protected acres where native species could thrive, and people could enjoy, explore and honor its natural beauty. What developed from that vision, 50 years later, are programs that protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of natural resources for present and future generations. 

Today the Conservancy preserves the Island’s wildlands and wildlife, helps the public enjoy Catalina’s natural offerings and promotes learning about Catalina Island and conservation.  It provides access to the Island’s wildlands and 50 miles of biking and nearly 165 miles of hiking opportunities within its road and trail system. The Conservancy conducts educational outreach through its Nature Center and Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and guided experiences in the Island’s rugged interior.  The Island is home to 60 species – and counting – that are found only on Catalina.  View our 50th Anniversary Video and Timeline below to learn more!

Please consider making a gift in honor of the Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary DONATE TODAY!  

View some of the highlights from the past 50 years and counting, in the timeline below.

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