Santa Cruz Island: Cueva Valdez

Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022

Time: 8:15AM - 5:00PM

Instructor: Steve Junak

Location: Santa Cruz Island

Join us for a very special trip to the Cueva Valdez area on the northwest shore of Santa Cruz Island. Trips are rarely offered to this location and require special permission from The Nature Conservancy. We will land in a small cove next to Tres Bocas Cave, a popular landing site for boaters since the 1800s. Names carved in the volcanic rock walls of the cave date back to the 1890s and early 1900s. There are also historic, hand-drawn colorful designs on the rocks at the entrance to the cave. We will explore this beautiful site and the wet canyon above the cove. Don't forget to bring your camera or nature journal to capture the images of the scenery and share your memorable trip!

Participants should be in good physical condition. For this trip we highly recommend participants wear good hiking shoes and layers of clothing.

$150/Garden members, $175/non-members

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Steve Junak is 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. Look for Steve’s trips to the Channel Islands for unique botanical experiences.

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