Program Spaces and Equipment

While the island itself is our primary classroom, the camp facility at Howlands Landing offers many learning and recreational opportunities.

Microscope Lab

Our indoor video microscope lab allows students to examine and share tiny critters found in the algae right off the beach. A wind turbine and solar panels mounted on the roof generate electricity to offset power used for the lab, while also putting power back into the grid.

Dive Deck

Our beachfront dive deck provides students and chaperones with all of the gear needed to comfortably explore the kelp forest. We have 7mm wetsuits, fins, masks, hoods and booties in a wide range of sizes. The deck itself is made out of recycled, splinter-free Trex material.

Kayaking Equipment

The camp is equipped with a fleet of durable, sit-on-top kayaks.  We have a range of kayak styles including singles, doubles and XL’s. Our staff lead each group through a thorough paddle demonstration prior to launching off of our beach. Lifejackets are provided to ensure a safe kayak adventure.

High Ropes Course & Climbing Wall

Feel safe as you don a harness and expand your comfort zone on our climbing wall or high ropes course.  Our course and equipment are routinely inspected and comply with ACCT standards.  All staff are trained in proper belay procedures and operation of both courses.

More Information on the Challenge Program

Garden and Compost Project

Built by staff, students, and volunteers, the camp garden and compost project was constructed using recycled and sustainable materials including salvaged wood, recycled plastic “timbers”, and eucalyptus harvested on site.  Students get the chance to see and participate in an ongoing cycle, from chopping up their food scraps to sifting soil, planting seeds to sampling organic garden-fresh vegetables. This ever-evolving project is currently being expanded to include an orchard and an outdoor amphitheater.

More information on the Garden Project

Sport Courts and Equipment

In addition to program spaces, we have a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, ping pong tables, frisbees, tether ball, and lots of open space for students and chaperones to enjoy during free time. We are excited about a recently installed ga-ga pit. Ga-ga is a dodgeball-like game played in an octogonal court that students are sure to enjoy.

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Waterfront Classroom

Located on the beach, the waterfront classroom provides visual aides to help educate visitors about marine organisms, Catalina geography, and the distribution of Kelp Forests around the world.

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