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

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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  • San Miguel Island Closure

    In the interest of public safety, the U.S. Navy is closing San Miguel Island until further notice due to recent concerns of possible unexploded ordnance. More »

  • Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage

    Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the recent storms to the pier landing ladder. The closure will be in place until a new ladder can be fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. More »

  • Public Closures on Santa Barbara Island

    Certain Santa Barbara Island trails are closed to all public entry to proctect breeding populations of California brown pelicans. More »

Guided Tours

Ranger with visitor.
 

Interpretive Programs for the General Public

  • Tidepool Talks
    Throughout the year on weekends and holidays, rangers offer free tidepool talks at 11 am and 3 pm at the marine life exhibit in the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center in Ventura. For more information please visit Schedule of Events.

  • "From Shore to Sea" Lecture Series

    Channel Islands National Park sponsors the "From Shore to Sea" lecture series six times a year (March, April, May, September, October, and November). The programs are at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center. The programs are free and open to the public. Please visit "From Shore to Sea" Lecture Series for more information.

  • Channel Islands Live
    Visitors and students can also take a virtual visit to the park through live interactive broadcasts and webcams that highlight the remarkable natural and cultural resources of the islands and their surounding waters. Visit Channel Islands Live for more information.

  • Guided Hikes and Evening Programs on the Islands
    Rangers and volunteer naturalists offer guided hikes year round on the islands. Guided hike locations, distances, and departure times will be announced after your arrival on the island during the visitor orientation. Evening programs are also offered during the summer at Scorpion Ranch campground. For information about specific program dates please visit Schedule of Events.

  • Junior Ranger
    This program helps children discover and protect the wonders of the islands. Visit Junior Ranger for more information.


Education Programs for Schools

  • Parks As Classrooms
    Education programs for students are offered throughout the year at the Robert J. Largomarsino Visitor Center in Ventura, on the islands, and in the classroom. Visit For Teachers for more information.

Did You Know?

Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island

Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island is one of the world’s largest known sea caves. The cave measures 1215 feet in length (the size of more than four football fields), has a 160 foot entrance, and is almost 100 feet wide.