Anacapa Island: Celebrate the Wildflowers

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Instructor: Steve Junak

Location: Trip departs from Ventura Harbor

This trip is sold out

Whales to Giant Coreopsis

Each spring Anacapa Island bursts into rainbow bloom, ranging from the bright red of Indian paintbrush to the vibrant yellow of giant coreopsis. Island Packers takes us across the channel where you may see dolphins, whales, sea lions, and a variety of shore birds. After docking at the base of the high bluffs and climbing the stairs, walk the island’s plateau-like terrain observing the unique flora that makes our islands the California Galapagos lead by island expert and botanist, Steve Junak.

Note: Participants must be in good physical condition—able to climb 150 steep stairs to the island plateau. Participants should bring:

  • Bring lunch
  • water
  • hiking shoes

Participants will be given meeting instructions with reservations

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Image of Steve JunakSteve Junak, the Garden's Herbarium Curator emeritus, is an active researcher and expert on the flora of the islands of California and Baja California. 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. 

Travel/Day Trips
Channel Islands
Botany/Natural History