Offered by: Channel Islands
Rising abruptly out of the sea, these remote islands have never been connected to the mainland. Over time, plants, animals, and humans have all become established and adapted to life here, but isolation has always made the islands a challenge to get to. Now Channel Islands Live brings the islands to you through technology. Located off the southern California coast, the Channel Islands are home to about 150 species of plants and animals that exist nowhere else in the world. The islands have also been home to the Chumash, who inhabited them for thousands of years, and to more recent residents including ranchers, the military, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Live Hike is an interactive broadcast program that takes visitors on a virtual hike at Anacapa Island to experience this natural and cultural history without even crossing the channel. On the island, park rangers with video equipment broadcast live interactive programs highlighting the wildlife and human history of the park. Join along on the hike and ask questions of the rangers, researchers, and scientists as you get a close-up look at the region’s largest western gull rookery, the historic Anacapa Light Station, and ongoing restoration projects. Programs vary throughout the year to highlight seasonal occurrences along with research and restoration activities. They include general presentations along with special curriculum-based broadcasts that are directed towards school groups, but are open to all. Visitors can join us for these programs on Anacapa Island, at the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center in Ventura Harbor, in classrooms, and on the Internet.