The Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) is a residential outdoor environmental education program located on the beautiful west end of Santa Catalina Island for students grades four through twelve.
While at CELP, students are guided through a series of land and sea explorations, each aimed to bring about a greater understanding and connectedness to self, others, and the environment.
WHAT WE DO
Groups partake in a 3-5 day program that includes a variety of land and sea activities. CELP Groups are scheduled a series of Core Programs (pre-selected by CELP) and Elective Programs (chosen by the school). The number of available Core and Elective Programs depends on a group’s length of stay.
Catalina's unique ecosystems create living classrooms which are ideal for hands-on, experiential learning. Whether snorkeling, hiking, kayaking or tide-pooling, students observe first-hand how each ecosystem they visit, while unique in many ways, operates according to similar ecological principles. Our CELP Principles are woven into each lesson and shown to be a recipe for a sustainable system.
WHAT WE TEACH
Howlands Landing lies on the California side of Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles from the Port of Los Angeles. Several hundred feet of beach and a private pier provide access to the kelp beds in the cove. Our secluded spot allows for exploration of the island’s unique plant and animal life.
WHERE WE ARE
Everything runs on energy
There is no waste in nature
Biodiversity is good
Everything is connected
Our team is composed of instructors who have proven leadership experience, a formal science or education background, well established community building skills and a love for the rustic and outdoor lifestyle of an environmental education instructor