Islands Naturalist Corps (CINC) are a group of specially
trained volunteer ocean stewards dedicated to educating
passengers on board vessels visiting the Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary and Channel
Islands National Park (CINP). Members provide education
about the unique marine life found in sanctuary and Park
waters to thousands of local residents, tourists, and school
children annually. CINC volunteers also participate in numerous
local outreach events and collect valuable research on marine
mammals and other important sanctuary and Park resources.
Volunteers accepted into the program are specially trained
in a 5-week training class with topics including sanctuary
and park resource protection programs, interpretation techniques,
and an overview of the physical, biological, and cultural
aspects of the Santa Barbara Channel and Channel Islands.
This program is made possible through a partnership with
participating boat operators out of Santa Barbara Harbor,
Ventura Harbor, and Channel Islands Harbor.