Catalina Island with the Catalina Island Conservancy – April 28-29. Limited Attendance.
April 9 UPDATE: This trip is now full. We are checking with the Conservancy about the possibility of additional spaces. Reservation requests are now be placed on a stand-by list.
A very special visit, hosted by the Catalina Island Conservancy, to see the native plants and explore the special ecology of one of California’s most cherished locations.
An overnight trip to the back country of Santa Catalina Island. We will leave Newport Beach on the Catalina Flyer on Saturday and return on the late Sunday boat. While on the island, we will be transported by Catalina Island Conservancy vehicles and hosted by their biologists, Julia Parish and Peter Dixon.
As we travel the backcountry we will visit several botanical points of interest throughout the island. Particular attention will be paid to the island endemics and a variety of habitats. The exact itinerary will be decided based upon bloom at the time of the trip. At each of the stops we will hike/walk various distances on varied terrain. Our driver will remain at the vehicle, so those that are not wishing to participate in the hike can explore in the vicinity of the bus on their own.
Saturday night we will stay at the renovated Blackjack Campground toward the center and high point of the island. Large, rigid tents which accomidate up to thirty people each will be our excellent facilities for the night. Tiered bunk-type beds are available for everyone. The campground includes complete cooking facilities, hot and cold potable water, a refrigerator and all the pots, pan, plates and utensils needed for dinner. Toilets and a hot shower are also available. Camping has never been so easy.
$30 per person. This is a great value and doing a trip of this quality on your own would cost considerably more. With these funds, OC CNPS will be making a donation to The Catalina Island Conservancy to support their outstanding conservation, restoration and stewardship activities. Checks or cash will be collected at Avalon prior to beginning the tour. Make checks payable to OC CNPS. In Avalon each participant will also be required to sign an OC CNPS liability waiver, acknowledging and accepting responsibility for any risks, including trips and slips, rattlesnakes, poison oak, etc. and of course the island’s bison population.
How to RSVP
This trip is limited to the first 22 reservations and will strictly be on a first come-first serve basis. To reserve your spot, send an email to as soon as possible. Include your name, the names of all participants and each person’s phone number and email address. You do not need to be a member of CNPS to attend (although we would love you to join). Unfortunately, pets and young children are not allowed.
Getting to the Island
Transportation to the island and back is the responsibility of each participant. We will take The Catalina Flyer out of Newport Beach. Please book your own ticket! The boat leaves the dock at 9 AM on Saturday April 28 and arrives at Avalon at 10:15 AM. The return boat leaves Avalon on April 29 at 4:30 PM and arrives Newport at 5:45 PM. Please book your ticket quickly, in order to secure your spot (but not before you send your RSVP to and receive a confirmation). You can book online here. Normal adult fare is $70 round trip, with discounts for seniors.
What to Bring
Bring normal field equipment for the days. This includes good trail shoes or hiking boots, layers of clothes (it can become suddenly windy and/or cold on the island), possibly rain protection, a hat, sunscreen, camera and daypack. Bring enough water for the day, although water will be available on the bus. Optional items include field guides, binoculars and camera.
For lunch on Saturday we will stop at the Catalina airstrip where a small café has sandwiches and other food (although you can pack your own if you prefer). Otherwise, bring food for all other meals, especially dinner Saturday evening and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Pack a few snacks as well, as you prefer. Pots and pans, plates and cups, eating utensils and everything you will need for your Saturday dinner will be available at the campground – just bring food. Note, propane and other fuel is NOT permitted on the Catalina Flyer, but you won’t need it anyway.
Bring a sleeping bag for the bunks in the tents and a hand help flashlight or battery operated camp lamp. For even more information on what to bring and the camping/sleeping arrangements see this from the Conservancy.
What to Do
RSVP as soon as possible (see above). This trip will sell out, don’t be left out. Book your boat tickets on the Catalina Flyer before these sell out (but not before you send your RSVP to and receive a confirmation).
Any questions can be sent to . See you on beautiful Catalina Island.
More information about the Catalina Island Conservancy can be found here.