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We are happy you are interested in our Catalina Adventure! Please read the following information regarding the trip. NOTICE: You must contact Beth Pearson or Cathy Jain to obtain a permission code for this class. Be sure to bring your cashier’s receipt with you. Once you have obtained a permission code, you must promptly add the class. Additionally, you must sign and return the Field Trip Waiver (download from before the trip begins. Return Field Trip Waivers to: Palomar College, Attn: Beth Pearson, Life Sciences Department, 1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069, or simply drop them off to Beth in person.

Itinerary (subject to change based on weather conditions):
Sunday, Mar 22 Arrive at San Pedro Harbor no later than 11:30AM. We will depart from the San Pedro, Catalina Express Station at 12:30PM and arrive at Two Harbors, Catalina. Once there we will check into our cabins and have a brief orientation to the island and facilities. After lunch we will take a hike to explore the geological features and climate of the island. After dinner we will learn about kelp forest ecology by the campfire. Monday, Mar 23 Students renting snorkel gear and wetsuits should pick them up at 8:00AM at the dive shop. We will then snorkel the reef community (alternate activity available). That afternoon we will take a bus to explore the interior of the island and Little Harbor. Our campfire will include a chat about island biogeography. Tuesday, Mar 24 After breakfast we will kayak to observe geology of sea cliffs and we’ll land at a cove to visit the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) (alternate activity available). After lunch we’ll hike to observe endemic ironwoods, Catalina cherry trees and other island endemics. We’ll have a campfire and smores on our last night. Wednesday, Mar 25 The morning is free time. If you like, you can rent a kayak or a bicycle from the dive shop to explore on your own. Everyone needs to be packed up and ready to board the boat by 1:30 PM. Getting to San Pedro Harbor (About 95 miles from Oceanside):  Take Interstate 5 North to the 405 North.  Take 405 North to 110 South (Harbor Fwy)  Take 110 South and exit at Terminal Island, Exit ramp 47.  Stay in right lane, exit Harbor Blvd.  Follow signs to Catalina Terminal, Berth 95. Parking: $12.00 per day. (PCI Parking - (310) 547-4357) Telephone # for Catalina Express: 800-481-3470

Cancellation Policy:
To cancel, you must contact Cathy or Beth on or before Feb. 20th. After that date, your refund is contingent upon our ability to fill your spot.

What if you are late??
It is absolutely imperative that you not miss the boat. Boats to Two Harbors only run a few times per week. If you are late, you will have to take the next boat to Avalon (and pay for it since tickets are not transferable!), and then call to make a reservation with the Safari Bus for a one-way trip to Two Harbors, at your expense.

You have already paid the $180 for the Express Boat, cabins, kayak and Safari Bus. You will be expected to bring your own food or money to buy food on the island, and money for any souvenirs you would like to buy. Additionally, parking in San Pedro is $12 per day. We encourage students to carpool from Palomar to San Pedro to minimize that cost and we will send out a list of participants so that you may arrange carpools amongst yourselves. Finally, if you are renting equipment for our snorkeling day, here are the latest prices: Mask & Snorkel $10.00 / day Fins $10.00 / day Wetsuit $15.00 / day Boots $7.00 / day Hood $7.00 / day Again, if you own this equipment or can borrow it, bring it along to save some money.

Our cabins sleep two in bunk beds and contain a small refrigerator, heater and closet. Guests need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towel and cooking utensils. An outdoor community kitchen with gas burners and barbecues, and restrooms with token operated showers are located nearby. There is also a small grocery store, café, and nicer dining room in Two Harbors. Everything is within a very short walking distance of our cabins.

To Pack:
Catalina’s climate is mild, with little variation in temperature year round. However, be prepared for high winds, fog, and sea spray at any time. Rain is also a possibility. The average high temperature in March is 63F, and the average low temperature is 48F. We recommend that you check the weather forecast shortly before departure, but be prepared for anything.          Be prepared to dress in layers, with short and long pants, windbreaker, hat, sunscreen, and waterproof outer clothing for kayaking and in case of rain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes with non-slip soles. Special note regarding kayaking: you will get wet! Waterproof/windproof outerwear for this particular activity is important. Toiletries, medications, towels, bedding. Snorkel gear, bathing suit and wetsuit (snorkel gear and wetsuits can be rented there also) Camera, binoculars and field notebook (any small spiral bound notebook) A small backpack or “fanny pack” and water bottle for hiking Food, unless you will be purchasing it on the island Cooking utensils: there are no pots, pans, plates, cups or silverware in the kitchen. Cell phone service is generally pretty good at Avalon and Two Harbors, but we ask that you only make or receive calls during free time Please do not bring radios/”boom boxes”. The town is very small and the residents probably will not appreciate the loud music – thanks.

Contact Information:
Beth Pearson can be reached at 744-1150 x2874 and her office is in NS-212G. Cathy Jain can be reached at 744-1150 x2952 and her office is in NS-110J.

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