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    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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Channel Islands Live Distance Learning

Channel Islands Live education programs bring the park and its unique resources to you. Using videoconferencing equipment or free software, participants interact live with park rangers on Anacapa Island off the southern California coast.

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/biogeography.

Live Dives and Live Hikes are available for interactive participation at your location and at the park visitor center in Ventura, California.

Live webcams and archived programs are also available.
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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.

    Featured Materials

    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 »

Did You Know?

Archeological site                                    timahaufphotography.com

The Channel Islands are home to the most well-preserved archeological sites on the Pacific coast, with more than 10,000 years of continuous human occupation recorded.