Camp Conservation Guidelines

Join us in our efforts!

Please read the following conservation guidelines before visiting.

Click here for a downloadable versions of the Camp Conservation Guidelines

Water Conservation

Due to its arid climate, Catalina Island lacks plentiful fresh water. Minimizing our water usage not only helps insure a continued source, but also reduces the amount of electricity used in pumping the water.

What can you do?

  • Please limit showers to one per day, at most, and please keep them short
  • Help keep the kitchen’s water usage down by using only one plate per meal
  • Refill a water bottle rather than using a cup
  • Please report any leaking faucets or toilets
  • When rinsing camp equipment and sandy feet, please use the provided rinse buckets instead of a hose

Waste Separation and Recycling

When you throw something away, where is away? The waste we generate at Howlands Landing gets trucked to Avalon where it is either recycled or buried in a landfill. We are required to separate all of our waste into different categories before it arrives into Avalon. You can help us out by properly disposing your waste into one of the two types of receptacles around camp.



Food Wrappers Aluminum and Steel Cans
Plastic Packaging Glass and Plastic Bottles
Non-Compostable Food Office Paper and Newspaper
Junk Mail and Magazines
Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Please empty out all recyclable cans, bottles, and containers before disposing. If you are unsure about where to dispose of a certain item, please ask one of the camp staff.
  • Please avoid bringing items to camp that will generate excess trash (new items with excessive packaging, disposable items, etc).


The first step in our composting program is minimizing the amount of uneaten food we throw away. When going through the dining hall, please put on your plate only what you know you can eat, and try to eat all that you take. There will always be an opportunity to go back through the dining hall for seconds.

After each meal our food waste is separated into compostable and non-compostable waste. Below is a list of meal items and where they go:



Fruit Meat Products
Vegetables Dairy Products
Paper Napkins – Milk, Cheese and Yogurt
Bread/Pasta Products Metal/Foil
Tea Bags Plastic Wrappers
Liquids (Except Milk)
  • While animal products will eventually decompose, we leave them out of our compost for health and safety reasons.
  • During your stay, make sure you head back to the garden to see how our food waste is composted into rich soil.

Protecting Wildlife

We share the island with countless plants and animals. Following these guidelines will help ensure that they can continue living here.

  • Please no fishing or harvesting of any marine life while at CELP.
  • Keep shells on the beach so they can become homes for hermit crabs and other organisms.
  • Do not feed, touch, or harass wild animals. Appreciate them from a distance.
  • Stay on designated trails and roads at all times. No trail blazing.
  • Do not pick or collect wildflowers or plants.
  • Please pick up litter before it ends up in the ocean or the stomach of an animal.

Energy Conservation

Here are a few simple things you can do to conserve energy while at camp:

  • Please shut off lights when cabins are not being used.
  • Please roll up the canvas windows for natural lighting during daylight hours.
  • Avoid bringing electronic devices that require charging. Turn off devices when not in use to preserve battery life.

Thank you in advance for your efforts and cooperation! We look forward to your visit!

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