Island Packers Floating Classroom Programs
Prices listed are for weekday field trips for groups of 20 or more.
East End, Anacapa Island – Full day trip
A true oceanic island with 360 degree views of the ocean, East Anacapa is known for its abundant bird population and seasonal wildflowers. Its remote location makes it a perfect spot to cover science themes such as native and endemic organisms, introduced species, and geology. Social science themes include Native American inhabitants, explorers, and shipwrecks.
Frenchy's Cove, Anacapa Island – Full Day Trip
Frenchy's Cove is closed due to trail wash out during the Winter of 2016.
There is no proposed reopening date at this time.
Visit some of the most pristine tide pools in Southern California. Science themes include organism identification, adaptation, predator/prey relationships, and current monitoring and preservation programs that protect this fragile inter-tidal ecosystem.
Scorpion Ranch, Santa Cruz Island – Full Day Trip
Located on the east end of the largest island off the California Coast, Scorpion Ranch is a unique location to study science themes such as native and endemic organisms, introduced species, geology, and the marine environment. Scorpion Ranch has a long and interesting history of human activities including the site of one of the largest Chumash villages on the Channel Islands. Social science themes include Native American inhabitants, explorers, and the ranching period.
Prisoners Harbor, Santa Cruz Isl.- Full Day Trip
Mature students and/or smaller groups may want to consider the Pelican Trail hike at Prisoners Harbor. Considered one of the most diverse hikes on the islands, highlights include lush native vegetation and spectacular vistas. Education themes are similar to those described for Scorpion Ranch with an emphasis on restoration and conservation. (Requires special permission and release forms to visit The Nature Conservancy property.)
Santa Barbara Channel & C.I National Marine Sanctuary 1/2 Day Trip
Island Wildlife Cruise (April-December) Gray Whale Watch (January-Mid April)
Fare: $27 Per Person Fare: $23 Per Person
Search the Santa Barbara Channel for marine mammals and other wildlife. With over 30 different species of marine mammals that either visit the area seasonally or live here year-round, there are always great opportunities for sightings. From January through March the focus is mainly on the migrating Pacific Gray Whales. Science themes include migration, oceanography, wildlife identification, and marine resources