Protecting Catalina's Timeless Nature for 50 Years

Catalina Island Conservancy's 50th Anniversary Promo Video.

Join us in celebrating the Catalina Island Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary! Since 1972, the Conservancy has preserved the Island’s wildlands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. 


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. 

In the past 50 years, we have made instrumental strides in protecting the Island’s crucial flora and fauna, including the recovery of bald eagles and endemic Catalina Island foxes. The Conservancy has educated hundreds of thousands of children and adults about the uniqueness of Catalina Island and the importance of nature, and has provided crucial access to nature to inspire wonderment and encourage healthy minds and bodies. It is only with your support that this has all been made possible.


The Conservancy is grateful to you for your stewardship over the last 50 years. You have been a big part of each of our successes, and we share them with you. We invite you to be a part of our future as we work to expand and enhance our programming and the opportunities they provide. Please consider making a gift in honor of the Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary.


Field trips are finally back! Our education team is excited to be back teaching students in Avalon classrooms and bringing them into the interior of Catalina Island. Recently, Cressita Bowman has led excursions to Little Harbor, the Airport Loop Trail and Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay to learn about a variety of topics including birding, biomimicry and the Island’s Native Tongva people. After each field trip, the students are sent home with a bilingual Exploration Summary to encourage families to talk about what their child learned and how to further their knowledge on the topic. This program aims to help Avalon students learn about and appreciate the uniqueness of Catalina Island, so they may grow up to be stewards and advocates of the land. Learn more about this education program.


The Catalina Island Conservancy has partnered with Chet’s Hardware, in Avalon, to provide the local community with everything needed to successfully create your own beautiful and sustainable Catalina Island native plant garden. The Conservancy supports restoring nature one garden at a time by encouraging the use of Catalina Island native plants throughout our public and private landscapes. Planting natives can help save water, reduce maintenance and pesticide use and invite beneficial insects to your garden. Inspire pride and a sense of place in our Island community - start your native plant garden today! Get more information about our Ackerman Native Plant Nursery.


LAST CALL to join us on April 23rd at the Catalina Island Conservancy Ball: A Groovy View since ‘72! We are celebrating the Conservancy's 50th anniversary or preserving Catalina's timeless nature. Guests will celebrate into the evening with dinner and dancing at the historic Avalon Casino. The popular silent auction will be held online prior to the event, with bidding beginning on April 9 and closing on April 22. Don't miss out - get your tickets today! 

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our individual sponsors and corporate partners including Presenting Partner Capital Group Private Client Services and Shaun and Katy Tucker, Food and Wine Partner U.S. Bank, Auction Partner Edison International and Lounge Partner Greater Los Angeles Area Council - BSA/Western Los Angeles Council - BSA. We are grateful to our other Partners including Connolly-Pacific Co.; Aon - Commercial Risk Solutions; California Swimrun; CliftonLarsonAllen; Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP; Avalon Freight Services; and Catalina Express.


562.437.8555 •

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

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