While hiking the hills and canyons of Catalina, students see how one island can host many different plant and animal communities. The Eco Hike highlights the unique biodiversity found within Catalina’s terrestrial ecosystems. While on an Eco Hike, students get an up-close look at the adaptations that help plant and animal species meet the challenges of island survival. Students learn about the natural and human history of Catalina while taking in spectacular island views. See the kelp forest from above. Look closely; you may see a bright-orange garibaldi fish.
“Sustainability” can be defined as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. Shifting the group’s focus to human ecosystems, our instructors propose the question:
“Do our human communities follow the same principles of sustainability that we see within the island ecosystems?”
Drawing from lessons learned from the kelp forest on energy and waste, the sustainable living program encourages students to think about human lifestyles choices and their effects on the environment. Students take an eco-tour of camp, participating in activities that address important global issues such as waste reduction, resource conservation, alternative energy, and recycling. Groups will also visit the Howlands Garden Project along their tour.
Sustainable Living Activities include:
- Conscious Consumerism
- Our Ecological Footprint
- Solar Oven Baking
- Organic Composting
These topics are covered through a series of activities, games, discussions, and demonstrations that utilize our own sustainable aspects of camp. Helping students feel empowering to make a difference in their community, we aim to provide an experience that will stay with them long after they leave.
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Art and Nature
Enjoy a tranquil setting while developing skills in observation, sketching, writing, and nature appreciation. This activity invites students to explore secret spots full of colors, sounds and patterns. Students will get the opportunity to reflect and embrace their connection to the environment while using various mediums to capture what they see.
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