Hiking at night is a unique sensory experience. By leaving their flashlights behind, students optimize their night vision and heighten their sense of awareness. Experience nightfall as it descends upon the island. Draw in the cool night air. Reflect, take in the sounds and smells, and learn how the Catalina Island fox and other nocturnal creatures have adapted to life in the dark.
At Howlands Landing, you don’t need to go far to find a clear, dark space optimal for viewing the night sky. Groups take a short walk to the back of camp where they lay out under the stars and broaden their understanding of outer space. In addition to learning about planets, constellations, and galaxies, students see how discoveries in astronomy have helped shape our culture and the cultures of past civilizations.
People have been gathering around a campfire and telling stories for centuries. That practice continues at CELP. Through a sequence of interactive skits, songs, and stories, the campfire provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their experience and what they have learned at CELP
Similar to exploring the nocturnal terrestrial community on the night hike, the night snorkel allows students to observe the nocturnal marine community. With the help of underwater flashlights students are able shed light on a community they have likely not visited before. This experience is often the highlight of many student’s visit to CELP