Educational Resources

Catalina Island Conservancy

The Catalina Island Conservancy practices land stewardship on eighty-eight percent of Catalina Island through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Balancing the needs and desires of over one million yearly visitors with the needs of the land proves a considerable task.

Check out the Catalina Island Conservancy for more info on Catalina natural history.

CELP Curriculum Guide

The CELP Curriculum Guide presents an overlay of the progression of a week at CELP.  These themes can be applied to programs throughout the week to provide a fluid week of instruction by connecting aspects of each community to culminate a student’s experience with a greater understanding of our connection to the communities at Howlands Landing and to student’s home communities.

Everything living is part of a community.

  • What defines a community?
  • What communities are you a part of?
  • What do you need from your community?

While every community is unique, each function under the same principles of sustainability.

  • Everything Runs on Energy
  • There is No Waste in Nature
  • Biodiversity is Good
  • Everything is Connected

Every community on earth is connected

  • How are humans connected to the ocean?
  • How do our actions affect the global environment?
  • Actions have far reaching consequences

What is your role in your community?

  • What important lessons can we learn from nature?
  • How can you give back to your community?



Click here for more information on our Sustainability.

External Links

Find volunteer opportunities near you

Consumer Consciousness resources:

Better World Shopping Guide

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Marine Conservation Resources:

Southern California MPA Information

Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society

Heal The Bay

Ocean Conservancy

Surf Rider


Organism Identification Resources:

Diver Kevin (great pictures and ID)

Standford’s Seanet

UC Irvine Natural History of Orange County

Monterey Bay Aquarium Animal Guide

REEF Southern California Fish Species Gallery

Central Coast Biodiversity (includes extensive list of useful links)

Marine Life Photography – Photo ID for nudibranch’s and tropical fish

Land conservation:

Catalina Island Conservancy

US govt. Registry of Invasive Species Organizations


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