Catalina Island Conservancy, Avalon

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#5 of 15 in Wildlife in Avalon
The Catalina Island Conservancy makes it possible for people to experience the renewing power of nature within its 42,000-acre Nature Preserve, of the world's ecological treasures. The Conservancy's Nature Preserve is one of the largest wild areas in Southern California, and includes the region's longest stretch of undeveloped coastline. The Catalina Island Conservancy is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is not associated with The Nature Conservancy.
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  • We wanted to get a true sense of the island on our first trip there, so scheduled a tour with the Conservancy. It was wonderful.Our guide was great, we were comfortable, and a 2-hour tour was almost t...  more »
  • My wife and I wanted to do an 8-mile hike and went to the conservancy for advice and to obtain the (free) hiking permits.The staff were very helpful in assisting us to plan the hike.  more »
  • We recently took the 3-hour jeep tour with the Conservancy. It was both fun and educational. Our guide, Scott, really knew the history of Catalina and was friendly and happy to answer questions. We to...  more »
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  • Love having the trails available and an information center. It was easy to pick up our bike permits and we received valuable information about the cookies at the airport - they are really good. The maps provided for cycling were confusing. And the roads or paths were not well marked. So plan well and enjoy the scenery when it takes you a few extra miles.
  • Great tour of the Catalina back country. Jeep was comfortable. Guide was fantastic. Supports the Catalina Conservatory rather than a commercial interest. The kids, my wife and myself all enjoyed it very much! Recommend!!
  • Friendly, informative, but hiking maps are not that great, could use little more detail
  • This place is awesome. I come from an environmental sciences background and volunteered with the conservancy for a week through a college volunteering program. It was definitely a highlight of my college career. The conservancy controls a majority (88%) of Catalina Island and all of their area is maintained by staff and volunteers. This work includes invasive species removal, beach and trail clean-up, wildlife population (eg bison) control, and native planting programs. The result is one of the most successful examples of ecosystem management in the United States and one that is definitely worthy of appreciation. They have kept healthy populations of the Catalina Island Fox, bison, and bald eagles which you may be able to spot on a hike around the island. Groups can volunteer with the conservancy and (potentially) stay in their volunteer camp which is located on a picturesque mountainside overlooking Long Beach. If you have a church group, Boy Scout pack, or any sort of group that is interested in volunteering and is not afraid to get their hands dirty, then I highly suggest contacting the conservancy and trying to make an arrangement. The views are amazing. From the two beaches at Shark Harbor, to the Catalina Airport, the rolling hills and steep cliffs, the gnarled hardwood trees, soft grey sand beaches, I could go on and on. This place is well worth the visit. I've added some pictures of things that you might see on a visit. But definitely, absolutely, positively go into conservancy territory. Avalon is cute, but the rest of the island is breathtaking.
  • Cute little store.......lots of information and friendly staff

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