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Ecology Hike

While hiking the hills and canyons of Catalina, students see how one island can host many different plant and animal communities. The Eco Hike highlights the unique biodiversity found within Catalina’s terrestrial ecosystems - and one of our founding principles.


While on an Eco Hike, students get an up-close look at the adaptations that help plant and animal species meet the challenges of island survival. Students learn about the natural and human history of Catalina while taking in spectacular island views. 

Garden & Composting

An integral component of our core curriculum, the garden project presents a hands-on educational tool focused on the principles of sustainability and permaculture. Students participate in each component of the process from composting their food scraps to tasting fresh vegetables from the garden. We see how each aspect of this cycle is interconnected within the entire process. This provides instructors valuable teaching and discussion points to draw connections to where our food comes from and the implications of the choices we make when shopping for food

Sustainable Living

Drawing from lessons learned from the kelp forest on energy and waste, this activity encourages students to think about human lifestyles choices and their effects on the environment. Students take an eco-tour of camp, participating in activities that address important global issues such as waste reduction, resource conservation, alternative energy, and recycling.


These topics are covered through a series of activities, games, discussions, and demonstrations that utilize our own sustainable aspects of camp. Helping students feel empowered to make a difference in their community, we aim to provide an experience that will stay with them long after they leave.

Service Learning

Students leave their mark on Howlands Landing for future generations to come! During Service Learning, students participate in projects to maintain our outdoor classrooms and unique programmatic offerings.


Projects include trail restoration, invasive plant species removal, garden work, and more. This instills the importance of volunteer work and community building. We hope that providing students with the opportunity to be hands on with nature, they'll continue to protect it.

Art in Nature

Enjoy a tranquil setting while developing skills in observation, sketching, drawing, writing, and overall nature appreciation.


This activity invites students to explore secret spots full of colors, sounds, and patterns. Students will get the opportunity to reflect and embrace their connection to the environment while using various mediums to capture what they see.

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