We hope you are busy planning your next visit to Catalina Island’s 48,000 acres of protected wildlands! The Island’s interior is accessible for all to explore and we are happy to offer many programs to enrich the Catalina Island experience for visitors and residents - one being the Summer Naturalist Program!
Who are the Summer Naturalists?
Working under our education department, the Summer Naturalists are on the front line of communication and outreach between the public and the Conservancy, providing all the information and tools needed to enjoy Catalina’s natural beauty and learn about its unique history, ecosystem and wildlife. All Summer Naturalists undergo an intensive two weeks of “everything Catalina” training prepping them for their work ahead. We even have some individuals returning who worked with us last year!
What do the Summer Naturalists offer?
Summer Naturalists share information about the unique history of Catalina Island and highlight its importance. They display unique artifacts, offer guides and answer all questions you may have. Staff at both locations offer kids activities, guided hikes and other planned programming such as the Catalina Island Conservancy’s brand new Junior Ranger Program!
Where can I find the Summer Naturalists?
The Summer Naturalists are stationed at two locations from June 29 to September 3:
Wrigley Memorial Botanic Garden
and Two Harbors. The team manages the Naturalist booth at the Garden Fridays to Tuesdays. The Mobile Nature Center in Two Harbors will be staffed seven days a week – an increase from just weekends in previous years!
We hope the Summer Naturalists add value to your Catalina Island adventures and have you excited about the Conservancy’s mission: to practice responsible stewardship of the land through a balance of conservation, education and recreation!