Who We Are

Catalina Island Camps

Catalina Island Camps (CIC) has been running youth camps at Howlands Landing since the 1920s. In the 1990’s, CIC came under the ownership of the Horner family from Pasadena. Also running a popular day camp, Tom Sawyer Camps, the Horners brought with them decades of camp experience. CIC manages CELP, as well as a recreational summercamp, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Family Camp and various weekend groups.

Executive Directors:  Tom and Maria Horner

Tom and Maria became Executive Directors of Catalina Island Camps in February of 1995. Together, they manage the camp program, staff, facililities and administration.  Tom and Maria are actively involved in the American Camp Association, and as volunteers, have held numerous positions in the Southern California section and National organization. Tom and Maria reside in Alta Dena throughout the year, but spend their summers on Catalina where they direct the day to day operations of Catalina Island Camps summer program.

Mission of Catalina Island Camps, Inc.

Catalina Island Camps provides unique opportunities for campers to learn life long skills in a fun and cooperative environment. Campers will develop a positive self identity, social skills, and an appreciation for the natural environment.


Ocean Futures Society

Ocean Futures Society is a non-profit marine conservation and education organization founded by Jean-Michel Cousteau. OFS explores our global oceans, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature with a mission to inspire and educate people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection. Ocean Futures celebrates the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet.

Ocean Futures Society serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” by communicating in all media the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy. As Ocean Future’s spokesman, Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media.

Founder and President: Jean-Michel Cousteau

Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work.

Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE)

A program of Ocean Future’s Society, AOTE’s educational programs promote a better understanding of how nature works and create an appreciation for the value of our natural heritage. AOTE aims to guide the next generation to live more sustainably on the planet.

AOTE Director: Richard C. Murphy, Ph.D, OFS Director of Science & Education

Dr. Richard Murphy, “Murph”, began working with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his father, Jacques Cousteau, in 1968. He served as chief scientist, photographer, writer, educator, and project director on expeditions around the globe. Started in 1999, CELP became the pilot program for AOTE. Since then, Murph and Jean-Michel have begun programs in other areas of California and in Hawai’i, France, Greece, the Cayman Islands, and French Polynesia.

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