Catalina Island Conservancy
- Non-Profit Organizations
Catalina Island Conservancy was founded in 1972 and is one of the oldest land trusts in California, responsible for 88% of Catalina Island, including 62 miles of coastline, beaches, and secluded coves. The Conservancy's mission is to be a responsible steward of our lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Catalina Island Conservancy protects 42,000 acres and 200 miles of trails. Implementing innovative ways to ensure sustainable ecosystem restoration, biological diversity, nature based recreation and education programs, the Conservancy has developed the NatureWorks STEM program serves Long Beach Unified School District Avalon students. Annually, 60,000+ children visit camps on our lands. Conservation efforts include:
• Catalina Habitat Improvement and Restoration Program (CHIRP), invasive plant removal and habitat restoration.
• Native plant conservation, discovering new, endemic plant species and restoring native habitat.
Managing a seed bank and database, and Ackerman Native Plant Nursery.
• Wildlife Conservation: endangered species recovery: Catalina Island fox and Bald Eagle; innovative bison management.
Visitors to Catalina's wildlands experience and explore. Many have a transformative moment, inspired to become better stewards of the environment. Often conservation organizations exclude people from their lands as a protection strategy. Our approach, on the other hand, actively encourages the public to visit the Island’s interior. We have built entire programs to leverage those visitor experiences into “teaching moments” that create tomorrow’s stewards.
- VOLUNTEER VACATIONS During a Catalina Island Conservancy Volunteer Vacation, you can see parts of the Island rarely seen
- TAKE THE JEEP® ECO TOUR are you seeking a unique experience in the great outdoors
- Catch a ride on the WILDLANDS EXPRESS to Airport in the Sky.
- Walk, take a golf cart or Red Trolley to the Nature Center in Avalon Canyon.
- The Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden is a thirty-minute stroll up Avalon Canyon from town center.