Trip Planning

The following pages are for teachers, administrators, club leaders and other adults looking to bring a group of youth to CELP.

Don’t hesitate to CONTACT US if you have any questions or would like to speak to a program representative about a visit.

To learn more about our program and the camp facility visit About CELP.

Who Comes to CELP?

CELP hosts a range of group types. While a majority of groups are school-affiliated, we also host various special interest groups, clubs, troupes, church youth groups, after-school programs, and special-needs groups. The following list outlines who comes to CELP:

  • Groups of youth in grades 4 through 12
  • Groups ranging from 12 to 130 participants.
  • Groups of youth accompanied by adult chaperones.
  • Groups looking for a hands-on, experiential outdoor education program.

In addition to our education program:

Please CONTACT US if you have any questions or would like to plan a visit.

When Does CELP Operate?

CELP operates Monday through Friday for spring and fall programs.  Below is an overview of our seasons:

  • Spring programs begin in mid-March and end in early June
  • Fall programs begin early September and end mid-November

Spaces are limited, so contact us early to check on program availability!

Plan a Visit

We work closely with trip leaders to ensure a smooth planning process.

  • The first step in the planning process is to contact us to discuss program availability. We currently have openings for both spring and fall programs. If the desired dates are unavailable, groups will be offered alternate dates or put on our waiting list.
  • Groups have the opportunity to choose between 3 and 5-day programs, arriving on a Monday or a Wednesday, departing on a Wednesday or a Friday.
  • Once program dates have been established, a group will be sent a contract as well as a school handbook that outlines the trip planning process.
  • Depending on the length of stay, groups are scheduled a certain number of Core Activities, each designed to connect students to a marine, terrestrial or human aspect of the environment. In addition to the Core Activities, schools choose from a list of Elective Activities to round out their CELP experience. Check out our Program offerings.
  • Our staff will guide you along the way, outlining what information will be needed by our office, what to send to students, parents and chaperones, and what to bring with you to the island.
  • CELP arranges the boat ferry transportation to and from the island. Groups will depart out of the Catalina Express ferry terminal in either San Pedro or Long Beach, California. Ferry trips generally last an hour and fifteen minutes. You will be given boat times well in advance to help in your planning.

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