Santa Cruz Island Trip

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

- Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Instructor: Steve Junak

Location: Santa Cruz Island

In Progress

4 days, 3 nights

Celebrate spring on the largest and most diverse of the California Channel Islands. At over 96 square miles, the island is home to more than 600 plant species, eight of which are only found on Santa Cruz. Explore this unique environment with botanist and storyteller Steve Junak as he shares his expertise on the ‘Galapagos Islands’ of California.

  • Venture out daily on foot or in four-wheel drive vehicles to explore pine forests, wooded canyons, coastal headlands, desert beaches, and isolated coves.
  • Learn the rich cultural history of the native Chumash habitation and the more recent ranching that took place on the island.
  • Stay at the University of California Field station in the Central Valley of Santa Cruz

Space is limited.  Reserve your place today.

NOTE: Participants should be in good physical condition with good balance.

Participants should bring:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Waterbottles to hold a full day's worth of water
  • Food for 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and any snacks or beverages

Click here for more information on the island.


Image of Steve JunakSteve Junak, the Garden's Herbarium Curator emeritus, is an active researcher and expert on the flora of the California and Baja California islands. He holds an M.A. in botany, has led field trips for more than 25 years, and has co-authored several books on the Channel Islands. 

Channel Islands
Travel/Day Trips