Living on Catalina Island is a daily adventure that no local resident takes for granted. Natural beauty, a strong sense of community and a lack of many of the mainland’s trials and tribulations, make island life something that most residents wouldn’t trade for anything.
Thanks to the Catalina Conservancy, residents have even more reason to be excited and engaged on this island of wonders. Local kids and families alike have the opportunity to learn more about what makes Catalina Island such a special place.
Families in Nature is offered monthly and takes local residents to the interior. On an island where many residents don’t have access to a vehicle, this program gives families a chance to get out of town and see the interior. For local students, each Wednesday brings Kids in Nature, an after-school program that teaches local ecology and environmental stewardship. For those students who apply and are selected, Island Scholars brings together the Conservancy, the Catalina Island Marine Institute and the Catalina Island Museum to offer an enrichment program that teaches communication skills as well as awareness of cultural and natural history.
While these programs are restricted to Island residents, one of the goals is empowering local residents to act as ambassadors for the island and its unique ecology.