Take a Walk on The Wild Side
Please join us at the 11th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale on Sunday, November 7, at Newport Harbor Yacht Club! We are excited to reach as many art-lovers as possible with this hybrid virtual and in-person event. This unique show features more than 80 paintings painted both en plein air and in the studio that exclusively highlight Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon and Two Harbors, with an emphasis on lands stewarded by Catalina Island Conservancy.
This year’s artists with works on display and available for purchase are John Budicin, Marcia Burtt, Terri Ford, Wyllis Heaton, Debra Huse, Paul Kratter, Tia Kratter, Shanna Kunz, Kim Lordier and Jim McVicker.

Registered attendees will receive a copy of the digital exhibition catalog to see all paintings and listen to the artists share their stories approximately one week prior to the show. General admission, both online and in person, is free this year. Sponsorship and priority ticket options are available that provide early access to purchase paintings while also supporting Conservancy programs.

Catalina Island Conservancy is very appreciative of the support of our Corporate Partners, especially Artist Partner, Capital Group, and Media Partners, Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector.

Register today to participate and receive our digital preview catalog!
"Morning Glow, Shark Harbor" by Marcia Burtt
"The Magic of Avalon" by Kim Lordier
"Above the Clouds" by Terri Ford
Grant Helps Fire Prevention
Catalina Island Conservancy recently received a grant from CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) to aid in our ongoing fire prevention program and invasive species removal. Three of the most aggressive invasive species on the Island, harding grass, fennel, and flax-leaved broom, are all fire inducive species, increasing fuel load and intensity on Catalina. With this grant, we will be able to reduce the likelihood of an unintentional fire by reducing fuel loads in important corridors and improve the long-term ecosystem health within these areas. The addition of a second spray rig will improve our work capacity, and we will continue to be able to work with American Conservation Experience interns throughout the course of the project. Learn more about invasive species on Catalina.
Catalina Island Marathon
Have you been training? The Catalina Island Marathon is fast approaching! Saturday, October 9, California’s oldest trail marathon celebrates its 44th year on Catalina Island. There is still time to sign up, with opportunities for all levels of runners including the marathon, a 10k, 5k, Kids run, and virtual options. The marathon course will take runners from Two Harbors, across the wildlands, all the way to Avalon. See if you can spot the Conservancy’s educational signage along the way to learn more about Catalina as you run. Take the challenge and sign up for one of the runs today!
Farewell Summer Naturalists
We can’t thank our Summer Naturalists enough for the great work they did for the Conservancy. This year, the Conservancy welcomed Amanda Cradeur and Tayla Cohen to help share information about the Island and the organization during three of the summer months. Four days a week, they served as one of the main connections between the Conservancy and visitors at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, sharing Island information, answering guest questions at an informational booth and providing free guided tours. Overall, they interacted with more than 3,500 guests. When they weren’t at the Garden, Amanda and Tayla helped our conservation department with everything from pulling invasive plants to tracking our endemic foxes. Explore our education opportunities.