Families in Nature and Kids in Nature return to Catalina

AVALON — With the school year underway, Catalina Island Conservancy is resuming its popular programs that give Island families and students opportunities to experience and increase their knowledge of Catalina’s wildlands and its wildlife.

The first Families in Nature outing of the 2015-2016 season was a trip to Shark Harbor on Sept. 20. Kids in Nature began Sept. 23 at Avalon School. The two-hour, after-school program will continue every Wednesday while school is in session.

The conservancy has been offering the Kids in Nature program free of charge to all elementary school students in Avalon for more than a decade. Kids in Nature encourages students to “unplug, reconnect, give back” by playing educational games that teach them about their Island home and help them develop a better understanding of conservation. The program offers opportunities for students to learn about Catalina’s natural wonders and increase their understanding of nature, science and biology. 

The Families in Nature outing will be held at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden on Oct. 3. The conservancy is joining the California Council of Land Trusts in its “Take It Outside, California!” campaign to get Californians to enjoy the lands they have conserved. The conservancy will provide guided interpretive hikes of the Garden to Sky trail and admission to the Garden will be free. Families are welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy in the garden.

The conservancy is able to provide Families in Nature thanks to a generous grant provided by Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Fourth District. 

For more information, visit CatalinaConservancy.org.

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