The Catalina Island Conservancy would like to invite members to join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary on Saturday, July 23 on Catalina Island!


For our golden anniversary we will be offering free member events and signature activities including naturalist led hikes, free Botanic Garden and Native Plant Nursery tours, complimentary Eco Tours, and more. After spending the day exploring the Wildlands, members are invited to get to know the Conservancy's leadership at the Trailhead Open House with happy hour at Toyon Grill. 

Over the past fifty years we have celebrated many successes - each of which was made possible through the unending support of our committed members and patrons. With deep gratitude and appreciation, we share this momentous occasion with you.

Join Conservancy staff on guided hikes and interior tours. Take part in the Garden to Sky Hike or Airport Loop Hike. Or join Conservation staff at the Native Plant Nursery for wine, cheese and a tour of rare and endemic plants.


Leadership Circle members can enjoy complimentary Eco Tours to learn more about the Island’s rich history, see some of our unique plants, wildlife and bison, or simply explore parts of Catalina that most people never see. Space is limited and only available for Leadership Circle Members.


Finish the day by getting to know the Conservancy's leadership at the Trailhead Open House with happy hour at Toyon Grill. Enjoy members-only discounted shopping at the Trailhead and complimentary food & drinks at Toyon Grill.



Must be a current member or can become one here!

Summer Naturalists Return to Catalina

We are excited to bring a new group of Summer Naturalists to Catalina this season to help further our educational outreach programs with the public! The Summer Naturalist internship offers an opportunity to gain skills in environmental outreach and interpretation to current or recently graduated college students. This important ambassador position is the main point of contact for thousands of guests that want to learn more about Catalina Island and the Conservancy’s mission. From their interpretative booths, the Naturalists will be able to share with guests how to explore the Island and how to get involved with the Conservancy’s programs. Visitors can find the Summer Naturalists at the Conservancy’s Trailhead visitor center and Wrigley Memorial Botanic Garden Friday-Monday each week from July 1 September 6. They will also be guiding tours through WMBG at 11am and 2pm Friday- Monday throughout the summer months.

Stewarding Catalina's Rare Plants

Catalina is home to many rare plant species that need human intervention to ensure their continued existence on the island. Two of these rare plant species are island rush rose (Crocanthemum greenei) and Southern bush mallow (Lavatera glabra sp. assurgentiflora). These plants are so heavily browsed by the non-native deer that it puts them at risk to the extent that Southern bush mallow now only exists on two rocks offshore from Catalina. The plant team collected seeds and cuttings of these species this year and are now growing seedlings in the nursery. These plants will be planted into exclosures to increase their prevalence on the landscape. Check out more rare plants found on Catalina.

A Few Tips for Your Island Visit

  1. Please do not feed the foxes. The biggest threat to the Catalina Island fox now comes in the form of people. Feeding foxes is not only illegal - it hurts the foxes! As they are fed, foxes spend more time sitting on roads waiting for food. This makes them vulnerable to passing cars. 
  2. Brush up on bison safety. Stay at least 125ft away from bison at all times. While they may look docile, they are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Do not approach bison to take pictures or for any other reason.
  3. Dogs are allowed on Catalina, but must be fully vaccinated and on a leash at all times while on Conservancy land. This protects our precious wildlife.
  4. Remember, there is very little shade on Catalina so make sure to wear sun protection and always bring extra water when recreating in the wildlands. Learn more about staying safe on Catalina Island.

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CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY • P.O. Box 2739 • Avalon, CA 90704

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