Guide Training: Channel Islands NP

students in canoes
Begin quote This trip was amazing! I learned a lot about myself as a leader and outdoor guide. I made a calzone from scratch. I watched the sun and moon rise over the Pacific Ocean. This was an awesome experience before classes start back up. – participant

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Explore the Channel Islands National Park by foot and kayak during January.  We begin our training at Outdoor Adventures where we will review our itinerary, gear and food before heading north towards Santa Barbara.  We will travel by boat 19 miles off the Santa Barbara coast to Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island.  Here we will spend 6 days and 5 nights exploring the largest island off the California Coast.  Santa Cruz Island features rocky shores, sea caves, mountains, canyons, and a landscape reminiscent of historical California. The islands feature a number of archaeological sites as well as animals and 70 different plants which are endemic to the islands.  In fact, the richness and variety of life forms in this area rivals others like the Galapagos, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Caribbean.

This trip is designed to provide you with many opportunities for growth and development as an outdoor leader.  You will have the chance to push yourself physically and mentally while living and traveling with a small group of peers.  Activities will include camping, hiking, kayaking, and potentially snorkeling.  Since this is a training trip, ample time will be allocated for classes on outdoor living and outdoor leadership skills.  Serving as a leader of the day will provide you with an opportunity to apply your guiding skills which will be followed with a group debrief in which you can share your personal assessment and receive timely peer feedback. See the sample itinerary below for more information.

No previous experience is required.  We will make the most of our time on the island and some days will be more challenging than others.  We will set up a base camp for our stay on the island at Scorpion Anchorage, less than .5 miles from the ferry landing.  From here we will explore the island by foot and boat.  Be prepared to hike between 5 and 12 miles during our day hikes over a combination of dirt roads, established trails and off trail.  Kayaking will be dependent upon the weather.  Conditions permitting, expect to paddle between 3 and 7 miles, while sitting in a tandem kayak for up to 3 hours.

Channel Islands NP

island fox

The island fox is endemic to the Channel Islands

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