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 the Chumash People, explorers, and shipwrecks.
K-12 Education – Floating Classroom Programs
K-12 Education trips are for groups of 20 or more.
Mature students and/or smaller groups may want to consider the Pelican Trail hike at Prisoners Harbor. This trail is considered one of the most diverse hikes on the islands. Trail 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)
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 the Chumash People, explorers, and the ranching period.
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.