Ventura, CA — Channel Islands National Park invites the public to
“Find Your Park’s Story” at two upcoming events at the Museum of
Ventura County that celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, on
February 28 and March 6 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
On February 28, the “Island Chumash Traditions” event features the
stories and ways of life of the Island Chumash. Throughout the day,
respected Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie will demonstrate
Chumash customs. She will also share Chumash chants and stories during
special presentations at noon and 2:00 pm.
Former U.S. Navy Archaeologist Steve Schwartz will give two lectures,
at 1:00 and 3:00 pm, regarding his discovery of a cave dwelling on San
Nicolas Island. The cave is believed to have been used by the Lone
Woman who is depicted in the children’s novel, Island of the Blue
Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.
Children’s activities will include readings from this novel and other
Chumash stories, a variety of craft stations, an archeological
discovery station, and Junior Ranger programs.
“Tales of Island Life” is an all-day event on March 6 that will
celebrate the human history of the Channel Islands, as well as the
36th anniversary of Channel Islands National Park. At noon, Betsy
Lester Roberti will give a program that describes her childhood
memories growing up on the remote, rugged, and windswept San Miguel
Island in the 1930s and 40s. At 2:00 pm, Channel Islands National
Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau will lead a conversation about
the past, present, and future management of the park.
National Park Service staff will share how they protect the park
resources at stations on island fox recovery, kelp forest monitoring,
shipwreck research, historic preservation, and more. Attendees can ask
divers, scientists, archeologists, and others about their careers.
Children’s activities, including fish printing crafts, ranger-led
programs, and a career scavenger hunt, will be available throughout
the day. The park film, Treasure in the Sea, will be shown at 11:00
am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. A living history program will be presented
that will feature the story of sea captain’s wife, Margaret Eaton.
The event on February 28 is free for children with a $5.00 entrance
fee for adults. The event on March 6 is free for all, as part of the
Free First Sunday series at the Museum of Ventura County.
To learn more about this and other centennial events from Channel
Islands National Park, events from Channel Islands National Park,
visit www.nps.gov/chis. The National Park Service Centennial honors
100 years of national parks, and sets the stage for another 100 years
of helping Americans make meaningful connections to nature, history,
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