Catalina Island Conservancy, Avalon

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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Did the research of all the Jeep/ island tours etc. Picked the CIC bc of what they stand for and non profit status. And so glad we did!! Pat was our driver. He was safe, funny, and very informative. H...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We did not take any of their tours but stopped by to gather information and maps of the island and decided to take the Garden-to-Sky trail instead of the much longer Hermit Gulch Trail and registered ...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Wonderful visit. We had a private tour with the 6 of us & an excellent guide. We laughed & learned about the island the whole way. We had a blind woman with us & our guide made it a point to tell her ...  more »
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  • January 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    This is the office of the Conservancy where hikers and bicyclists can get their permits. There are always helpful and knowledgeable staff to serve the public. Maps and logoed clothing are available.
  • September 13, 2016
    We had a great Jeep tour! A beautiful, historic island and an easy going knowledgeable guide (Ron) made for a memorable tour. We enjoyed learning about Catalina's history and conservation efforts, but the highlight of the trip had to be the opportunity to view the conservancy's two rescued eagles! The tour felt a bit pricy, but you can at least feel good knowing that the funds go to further the conservation efforts (which are extensive).
  • February 22, 2017
    they are informative and have lots of Island info
  • September 28, 2015
    The bus driver that took us to the airport was very nice and full of information about his wonderful island he was brought up in. Definitely coming back.

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