Natural History of
Santa Cruz Island
a Pacific Horticulture Tour
June 9-14 2013
Tour Escort Steve Gerischer, Pacific Horticulture
Tour Naturalist
Steve Junak
Botanist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Principal Author, Flora of Santa Cruz Island

Join us on this rare opportunity to explore
the unique flora and fauna of California's
Channel Islands, home to species of
plants and animals found nowhere else on
Twenty-five miles off the coast of southern California
lies Santa Cruz Island, the largest of California’s eight
Channel Islands. More than 1,000 species of plants and
animals inhabit the island’s high peaks, deep canyons,
pastoral valleys, and 77 miles of dramatic coastline.  Once on the brink of ecological collapse, Santa Cruz Island now
offers visitors a glimpse of what southern California used to be like hundreds of years ago.   

There is 1 spot open, please Contact Us right away if interested.
Sun June 9 Ventura, California                                                                    
Check into the Holiday Inn Express at Ventura Harbor, then gather late this afternoon to meet the other guests and your
tour leaders for an informative session followed by dinner with wine.  After dinner, we'll go shopping for food and other
supplies needed for our four day stay on Santa Cruz Island.   

Mon June 10   Santa Cruz Island
We'll park our cars at the Ventura Harbor and board our Island Packers boat
for the 25 mile journey to Santa Cruz Island.  Upon arrival, we are met and
transferred to our home for the next 4 nights, the
University of California
Research Station, part of the Nature Conservancy reserve on the island.
After we have unpacked and settled into our accommodations, our tour leaders
will give us an orientation and plan for the next several days and then take us
out for an afternoon exploration on foot.  Later we will return for the first of our
guest-prepared dinners.   
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.                                                            

Tue-Thu, June 11-13   Santa Cruz Island
Our days will be filled with opportunities to explore this fascinating island.
With luck we will spot the Santa Cruz Island Fox and other wildlife unique
to this and other
Channel Islands.  Our guides will also point out many of
the plant species found only on this island.   We'll explore on foot and
by vehicle to make sure we see as much of the island as possible.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be prepared by guests each day.                                 

Fri June 14  Ventura
By now you will be fully immersed in the island lifestyle, but sadly it is
time to stay farewell.  Our Island Packers boat leaves this afternoon to
take us back to Ventura Harbor, arriving about 5pm with
wonderful memories and photos of this pristine island gem.                       
Steve Junak
Breakfast, Lunch.

Santa Cruz Island Plant List  Click Here

Tour price $865 per person, including:
  • Shared double or twin hotel room the 1st night of tour                                   
  • Shared dorm-style bunk bed rooms on the island, 4 nights
  • Roundtrip boat transportation to the island                                                    Steve Gerischer
  • Welcome dinner and orientation
  • Breakfast at hotel June 10
  • 3 meals a day while on the island (prepared by guests)
  • Pacific Horticulture escort Steve Gerischer
  • Tour Naturalist Steve Junak
  • $150 donation to Pacific Horticulture Society

Terms and Conditions for this tour, click here
For more information  contact                       
Sterling Tours, Ltd                    
2907 Shelter Island Drive Suite #105-262                    
San Diego, CA 92106      Tel: 619 299-3010     800-976-9497
Sterling Tours, Ltd