• Scenic View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island ©timhaufphotography.com

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

Channel Islands Live Distance Learning

Channel Islands Live programs engage students in learning about the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Channel Islands through activities that support the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Activities focus on important practices used by scientists, such as asking questions and evaluating and communicating information. Students interact live with park rangers on Anacapa Island, a remote island off the southern California coast, during these presentations.

Live Dives are offered from underwater within one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the giant kelp forest. These programs focus on kelp forest ecology, marine protected areas, and scientific monitoring techniques.

Live Hikes are offered from scenic island overlooks and concentrate on American Indian culture and island isolation and biogeography.

These live programs are available on Wednesdays for interactive participation at your location and at the park visitor center in Ventura, California.


Programs
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  • Park rangers diving in kelp forest.

    Featured Materials

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Fourth Grade

    Explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. Explore »

  • Kelp forest

    Featured Materials

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Fifth Grade

    Explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. Explore »

  • Diver in kelp forest.

    Featured Materials

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Sixth Grade

    Explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. Explore »

  • Island Chumash in tomol.

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    Channel Islands Live Hike: Chumash Indians on the Channel Islands

    Learn about the Island Chumash with this live, interactive program from Anacapa Island. Explore »

  • Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

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    Channel Islands Live Hike: Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Learn about the Channel Islands’ tie to the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. Explore »

  • Park ranger wtih child on beach.

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    Channel Islands Live Hike: What’s in Your Backpack, Park Ranger?

    Students explore park ranger jobs through meeting a ranger in an interactive program. Explore »

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  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Fifth Grade

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Fifth Grade

    Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. The role of kelp as a producer and, therefore, its ability to produce oxygen through photosynthesis are emphasized. Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Fourth Grade

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Fourth Grade

    Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. The role of kelp as a producer and, therefore, its ability to produce oxygen through photosynthesis are emphasized. Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Dive: High School

    Channel Islands Live Dive: High School

    Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. Program emphasis is on the park’s kelp forest inventory and monitoring program and the rationale for creation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Sixth Grade

    Channel Islands Live Dive: Sixth Grade

    Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. As kelp forest inhabitants are encountered, students identify their roles as producers or consumers. Food chains are constructed and the transfer of energy is discussed. Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Hike: Chumash Indians on the Channel Islands

    Channel Islands Live Hike: Chumash Indians on the Channel Islands

    Early Island Chumash had the same basic needs we have today, yet provided for them in different ways. Students participate in a live, interactive visit with a park ranger on Anacapa Island to learn how humans use the natural resources around them to provide their basic needs. A program goal is for students to develop an appreciation and stewardship of the American Indian culture on the park islands while learning about their own connections to the past.

  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Hike: Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Channel Islands Live Hike: Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Students discover Anacapa Island through an interactive, live visit with a park ranger and learn about the Channel Islands’ tie to the book Island of the Blue Dolphins. They identify basic human needs and find out how these needs are met by people living on islands with fewer and less diversity of resources.

  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Hike: What’s in Your Backpack, Park Ranger?

    Channel Islands Live Hike: What’s in Your Backpack, Park Ranger?

    Students explore park ranger jobs through meeting a ranger in an interactive distance learning program. Students learn about job responsibilities by using objects from the ranger’s backpack as discussion prompts. Program was specially developed for classes reading Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett in their Houghton Mifflin Harcourt language arts textbook. Can be adapted for other grade levels.

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