Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center
presentation to children

Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center

1202 Avalon Canyon Road
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-0954
Driving Directions

Park Hours: 
Open Sundays - Saturdays during summer months
Tuesdays - Sundays (Except Thursdays): 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

For Travel to the Interpretive Center:

Catalina Express
320 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA  90802
Reservations: (310) 519-7971
Toll Free Number: 1(800) 315-3967

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The Santa Catalina Island Interpretive Center is nestled in a large canyon at an elevation of five hundred feet. The center features recordings of whales, dolphins and sea lions, and visitors can also learn about kelp forests and ocean currents.  There are docent tours along with school and group tours (by reservation only). The 1,200 square foot Interpretive Center at Avalon Canyon is operated by the Catalina Island Conservancy, whose Education department offices are located in the building. The museum-quality displays feature a theme entitled PURE (Protect, Understand, Renew, Explore) Catalina. Interactive displays that offer information regarding the Catalina Island Conservancy’s mission, goals and projects. Also available is a series of video presentations, including the Bald Eagle restoration project, Bison repatriation and Conservancy-themed video.