About CELP

Located on the beautiful west end of Santa Catalina Island, the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) is a residential environmental and outdoor education program 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.

CELP combines the experience and creative efforts of Catalina Island Camps and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. CELP was the first Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) program, now a network of global environmental education programs started by Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

Groups visiting CELP take a boat ferry from Los Angeles to the camp at Howlands Landing where they are lodged for the duration of their stay. Guests enjoy three home-cooked meals each day and are provided with all the supplies and equipment needed to participate in the activities.  Please read more about our activities in The Program page.

CELP is dedicated to achieving the following goals:

  • To give students a positive view of themselves
  • To develop knowledge and respect for the outdoor world
  • To give students skills in communication, teamwork, and friendship building that will help them throughout life
  • To inspire youth to live more sustainably and take responsibility for their future

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