Restoring an Iconic Symbol on Santa Cruz Island

Deteriorated Windmill For years, the windmill at Scorpion Ranch has been a landmark for boaters, directing their approach into Scorpion Anchorage.  Originally constructed as part of a water system to support ranching on Santa Cruz, the windmill had been become badly deteriorated over the decades by extreme weather and age.  This state of disrepair left National Park Service maintenance staff …

Rhythm of Life ~ Sea Lions at Anacapa’s Kelp Forest

Artist David Gallup is an explorer not just of nature, but of the introspective and spiritual connection man has with his environment.  Working in the style of the impressionist masters, David’s works are created on location in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating places.  His paintings depict moments when natural elements obscure solid forms to visually represent the …

Where will YOU visit during National Park Week!

April may be the best month ever!  Its showers bring May flowers… it hosts Earth Day all over the world… AND from April 21st – 29th, you can celebrate National Park Week! Whether it’s your first trip, or the latest of many memorable park experiences, National Park Week is a chance to get active while experiencing the amazing places that …

Opportunities with the Foundation

Channel Islands Park Foundation is a grass roots organization, small in size but with big goals.  The Board of Directors is looking to increase our reach in the community but to do so, we must increase our numbers!  We are currently looking for dynamic and community connected people with a passion for the islands willing to join the Board of …

Origins of the Modern Environmental Movement

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human being and all living creatures.” – Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day 1970 In the coming week, cities across the country will celebrate Earth Day, hosting local events focusing on education and …

Celebrating 30 Years of Monitoring Kelp Forests

Mark your calendar!  Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 7:00 pm come listen as National Park Service biologist David Kushner discusses trends seen after three decades of monitoring the kelp forests around the Channel Islands.     David Kushner oversees the Kelp Forest Monitoring Program—the longest established inventory and monitoring program in the National Park Service. Since 1982 Channel Islands National Park, …

The Great Ocean Adventure!

 “Protecting our ocean now will be our gift to the future.” Marine environments are in the midst of a transformation.  There is increasing evidence that ocean ecosystems are being altered beyond their range of natural variability due in part to a combination of human activity.   Perhaps no one understands the impact of human interaction on the oceans and the need …

Canary in a Coal Mine

What do the canary in a coal mine and Earth Day have in common?  Read on! Natural areas, such as Channel Islands National Park, play an important role in indicating when critical changes are happening on the earth, our life support system. Like “the canary in the coal mine” alerting mine workers to poison gases in a shaft, natural areas …