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    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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Visitor Center Programs

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Curriculum-based programs are available at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor. There is no charge for these programs, but reservations are required and should be made well in advance, especially for programs in April, May, and June.

Options for visits include:

Self-Guided Visit

  • Orientation by a park ranger (10 minutes)

  • View park film (25 minutes; most appropriate for children six years old and over)

  • On-your-own tour of the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center (including Marine Life Exhibit), observation tower, and native plant garden (25-30 minutes)

  • Length of visit: One-half hour for preschool and kindergarten groups, one hour for other ages.

  • Group sizes: Minimum group size is 10 (exceptions may be made for special education groups); maximum group size (excluding adults) is 65. Adult chaperones are required--one per 8-10 students. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for student supervision.

Ranger-Guided Formal Visit

  • Orientation by a park ranger (10 minutes)

  • View park film (25 minutes; most appropriate for children sixyears old and over)

  • Program given by park ranger on intertidal life (30 minutes)

  • On-your-own tour of the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center (including Marine Life Exhibit), observation tower, and native plant garden (25-30 minutes)

  • Length of visit: One hour for preschool and kindergarten groups, one and one-half hours to two hours for other ages.

  • Group sizes: Minimum group size is 10 (exceptions may be made for special education groups); maximum group size(excluding adults) is 65. Adult chaperones are required--one per 8-10 students. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for student supervision.

Channel Islands Live Programs

  • If your group is coming on a Wednesday, your group may be able to participate in an interactive Live Dive or Live Hike program broadcast to the visitor center from Anacapa Island. Please enquire about availability when making reservations. See for more information Distance Learning on these programs.

Reservations
Reservations are required. They should be made well in advance, especially for programs in April, May, and June. Program reservations and additional information are available by email at Education Coordinator or by phone (805-658-5727).

Fees
There is no charge for programs. However, donations are accepted in the education program donation box in the park visitor center. Or checks made out to "National Park Service" may be mailed to:

Education Coordinator
Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Did You Know?

Island fox                                                  timhaufphotography.com

Island foxes are the smallest North American canids and occur only on the Channel Islands. The average weight for an adult male is 5-6 pounds, about the size of a house cat.