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Get into Your Sanctuary, August 2-4, 2019

Get into your sanctuary logoWhale Watch Tours with Sanctuary Naturalist,
August 2-4, 2019 10 am – 230 pm
Condor Express, Sea Landing, Santa Barbara Harbor

Whale Watch Tour with Sanctuary Naturalist,
August 4, 2019 10 am – 4 pm
Island Packers, Ventura Harbor

Channel Islands Naturalist Corps will be on hand to explain the region's diverse ecology and introduce visitors to marine life on whale watch tours and island hikes all weekend. Discover first-hand why these islands have been referred to as the "Galapagos of North America." To join a naturalist led tour contact a participating vessel here.

Visitors can also experience the lush kelp forests and mysterious sea caves of the Channel Islands on a kayak tour or fishing charter, or by scuba diving, snorkeling, or boating. If you don't want to get your feet wet, dive into the sanctuary on the mainland at our partner visitor centers. Be sure to take lots of photos during your visit to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and enter them into the 2019 Get into Your Sanctuary photo contest or share using #ILoveMySanctuary!

New Channel Islands Condition Report Available

2016 Condition Report coverIn July 2019, a new Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report was released. This comprehensive report encompasses and adds to a “Volume 1” release that preceded it in 2018. The report provides an assessment through 2016 of the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, and maritime archaeological resources, as well as the human activities affecting them. The report also assesses ecosystem services provided by the sanctuary. Learn more about the Condition Report here.




For more information, contact:

Shauna Bingham, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155


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