The Program

CELP Principles

The unique ecosystems that surround Catalina create living classrooms, ideal for hands-on, experiential learning. Whether snorkeling, hiking, kayaking or tide-pooling, students observe first-hand how each ecosystem they visit, while unique in many ways, operates according to similar ecological principles. Woven into each lesson, the following principles are shown to be a recipe for a sustainable system.

Everything runs on energy

There is no waste in nature

Biodiversity is good

Everything is connected

After recognizing the important role that each creature plays in an ecosystem, students are inspired to think about the important role they can play in bettering their communities back home.

Program Offerings

CELP offers 3 and 5-day programs, both of which include a variety of land and sea activities.

CELP Groups are scheduled a series of Core Programs (pre-selected by CELP) and Elective Programs (chosen by the school). The number of available Core and Elective Programs depends on a group’s length of stay. To learn more about Core and Elective Programs, take a look at the Activity Offerings and Program Planner from the School Handbook.

Below is a complete list of CELP activities. Click the links to read more about the activities,


Day and Night Snorkeling, Kayaking, Shoreline Investigation,
Microscope Lab, Kelp Forest Slide Show


Ecology Hike, Sustainable Living, Art and Nature

Team Building

Low Ropes/Initiatives, Climbing Walls, Ropes Course

Evening Programs

Night Hike, Primitive Campfire, Night Sky, Night Snorkeling

The Howlands Garden Project

Garden, Composting, Service Learning Projects, Stop the Spread


Curriculum Standards

The CELP curriculum has been aligned with many California State Science Standards. In addition, concepts taught at CELP closely follow the new California State Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) Principles and Concepts. For more information, click on the following links:

California State Science Standards

California Education and Environment Initiative (EEI)

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