Attend the Symposium In-Person or Online!

You are invited to join Conservancy staff and Catalina Island enthusiasts alike at the Catalina Island Conservancy Symposium on Friday, September 16th beginning at 10:30 a.m. This day-long event offers a series of short presentations by Conservancy biologists and educators, each followed by an interactive question and answer segment. This promises to be a very interesting day offering a quick overview on projects that delve into the challenges and success of conservation in our unique island environment and a unique opportunity to meet our incredible team of scientists and educators who are often working. We are excited to offer both in-person and online options for attending this enlightening event!


The online option will include a live stream of the presentation portion of the event from 10:30 AM to 2:45 PM (with a break for lunch). A recording of the proceedings will also be provided for those who register online and are unable to participate during the live stream.

The in-person event includes lunch and a post-event reception which offers opportunities to further discuss the presentations with our speakers and the ongoing projects on Catalina Island with our field staff. Limited seats are available, so claim your spot today!


Funding to Fight Catalina's Worst Invasive

The Catalina Habitat Improvement and Restoration Program (CHIRP) is thankful to the National Environmental Education Foundation for funding three months of flax-leaved broom (Genista linifolia) removal in Cottonwood Canyon. Flax-leaved broom is a nasty invasive species on Catalina Island which has been present in Cottonwood Canyon for decades. The CHIRP team has led efforts to control this invasive's prevalence in the Canyon with targeted removal. Cottonwood is home to some of Catalina’s most magnificent and rare plants, including fragrant pitcher sage, island oak and scarlet monkeyflower. The crew has removed over 5,000 invasive plants thus far, ensuring reduced fire risk and protection of this important habitat. Learn more the Conservancy's invasive plant program.

Island Explorers: Explore Packs

The 2022-2023 will be our second year delivering the Island Explorers program and we’ve added something new! This fall, teachers at the K-5 grade levels will receive Explore Packs filled with hands-on learning materials and bilingual activity guides to keep in their classroom and loan out to students for home use. Each elementary teacher will receive two identical Explore Packs aligned with the information students learn on their field trips. The activities and learning materials help students share with family and friends what they are learning in school and strengthen the home-school-community learning model. Fourth graders will be able to explore geology specimens while fifth graders can use species guides to identify the nature near their home. All six grade level Explore Packs contain several science literature selections to blend language arts development with science learning. Our goal is to provide students with all the resources they need to extend their science exploration beyond school hours and the classroom walls. 

Bring Catalina Island to Your Own Backyard

The Conservancy is excited to provide the local and visiting community with everything needed to successfully create a beautiful and sustainable Catalina Island native plant garden at home. Plants from our Native Plant Nursery are now available at The Trailhead and Chet’s Hardware in Avalon, as well as local events including seasonal festivals. Because Island endemics don’t have the invasive tendency that some species have,these plants are an appropriate way to bring Catalina Island to your home garden. Each plant will come with an information card that includes helpful planting tips. 

“Our mission is to have people try to do a bit of conservation in their own yards – not only saving on their water bill but also promoting native species,” said Conservancy Horticulturalist, Roya Miller, addin that Avalon residents should focus on deer-resistant species such as Sage, Yarrow or the Catalina currant. Plan your visit to the Trailhead!

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