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Schedule June 29-July 1, 2018

Itineraries subject to change without notice. Please refer to your acceptance emails for the appropriate flight information.

Day 1 - Friday, June 29

7:00-9:30 a.m.           

Travel to White’s Landing from Dana Point Harbor

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Orientation and tour of White’s Landing, tent assignments, unpack

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Swim test

11:30-12:00 p.m.


12:00-3:00 p.m.

Rotation 1: Marine Fishes and Invertebrates of Catalina

  • Review of ecological terms, fish behavior, invertebrate classification
  • Overview of the formation of Catalina
  • Overview of marine organisms of Catalina
  • One hour snorkel
  • Snorkel debrief and organism scavenger hunt
  • Discussion on how scientists study the ocean,
  • Secchi disk measurements, pH measurements
  • Touch tank 

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Clean up for Dinner

5:30-6:00 p.m.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Free time

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Campfire activities

  • S’mores
  • Peon - traditional Kumeyaay game

Day 2 - Saturday, June 30

7:30-8:30 a.m.


8:30-11:30 a.m.

Rotation 2: STEAM/Kumeyaay Language

  • Story-telling while practicing Kumeyaay language
  • Hike White’s Landing discussing the ways Native people used the land and its resources
  • Hand-making of fish nets
  • Traditional Kumeyaay games

11:30-12:00 p.m.


12:00-1:00 p.m

Open waterfront 

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Rotation 3: Algae

  • Presentation on algae in the laboratory, overview of algae types and characteristics
  • Kayak out to snorkel, collect algae
  • Algal identification and microscope time
  • Herbarium pressing 

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Open waterfront, use of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Clean up for dinner

5:30-6:00 p.m.


6:30-7:30 p.m.

Free time

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Pashook- traditional Kumeyaay game

8:30-9:30 p.m.

Night hike

Day 3 - Sunday, July 1

7:30-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9:00 a.m.

Pack and clean tents

9:00-11:00 a.m.

‘Island Invaders' community service

  • Learn about native and non-native species
  • Help staff from White’s Landing remove non-native species

11:00 a.m.

Begin to depart from White’s Landing

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