Scorpion Ranch, Santa Cruz Island – Full Day Trip $43.00 Per Person
What makes this destination unique?
East Santa Cruz Island is rich with cultural history, and feels like a step back in time. Old ranch buildings still stand just off the main beach, and one has been converted into a Visitor’s Center.
Prior to the ranching era, the Chumash Indians inhabited this same valley, and there are archaeological sites as well as current activities that document their connection to this place they know as “Limuw.” As the largest island offshore of California, there is great diversity in the geology and topography, starting at the cobblestone beach, moving up to wave cut terraces, and continuing on to mountainous peaks. Besides the beautiful vistas that overlook the Santa Barbara Channel and all its rich marine diversity, the island is host to a very unique habitat of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. It is somewhat common to see the endemic Santa Cruz Island Fox along the trails at Scorpion.
What will my students experience?
There is always an opportunity to see wildlife en-route to the islands, and we definitely brake for whales and dolphins! Once ashore, students will have a lunch break and then take a guided hike with their naturalist. Our naturalists are trained on the unique natural and cultural resources found in Channel Islands National Park, and have a large repertoire of activities to reinforce the information they present. Possible science themes include adaptation, habitats, native and endemic organisms, introduced species, research and restoration, marine ecology, and geology. Social science themes may include Native American inhabitants and explorers. All trips can be tailored to meet your curriculum goals and objectives.
What is the physical exertion involved?
The boat trip to Scorpion will take 1 hour. Arriving at the Ranch, be prepared to step from the boat to a ladder, where you will climb 2-5 rungs to the pier. The distance of the hike is dependent upon the pace and skills of each group and can range from 2-4 miles with an elevation change of 200-300 feet, including some steep rocky terrain. All trail combinations are rated "Moderate" by the Park Service.