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Island Conservancy offers naturalist-led hikes Take a guided hike tour of.the Island's splendid nature The Catalina Island Conservancy will offer summer visitors to the Island naturalist-led hikes along Catalina's most popu- lar and easily accessible trail, the Garden to Sky Trail. On these hikes, visitors will be able to learn about Catalina's BY LAURA MECOY enhance your piano performance skills AUGUST 16-22, 2015 Avalon, Santa Catalina Island Academic and Performing Faculty Faculty concert to begin the week and participant's concert finale at the end. Visit us for more info: www.ca talin apianoworksh op. or 9 Bill" 'tii ti lli ii"liiJlimiiiiiiiil] natural and cultural history while enjoying breathtaking views of Avalon and the windward side of the Island. Summer Naturalists, recent college graduates or undergradu- ates who have studied the natu- ral sciences and undergone the Conservancy's Naturalist Training, will lead the hikes, providing an in-depth understanding of the Island's unique plants and animals and its geologic history.Peregrine The Garden to the Sky Trail offers a moderate level hike of just 1.2 miles to a ridgeline that, on a clear day, rewards trekkers with a 360- degree view of Avalon, the Pacific Ocean and San Clemente Island. The naturalist-led hikes will depart from the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden at 10:30 a.,m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays begin- ning June 20. Catalina Island Conservancy members can join the hike for free. The cost for all other hikers is $12 for adults and $8 for chil- dren. The price includes admission to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, where visitors can explore more than 35 acres of California's and the Channel Islands' endemic and rare plant species. Visitors can make reservations for the hike at the Conservancy House, 125 Claressa Avenue, Avalon, or at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden a short ride or 30-minute walk from Avalon. The Summer Naturalists also will be offering free 45-minute guided tours of the garden this summer on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays andTuesdays, SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE I : Ill ;I1 7:l'id:l i: l  l I  [t.'[q :L' Blue SMeld, Aetna, or HealthNet Torrance Hospital Independent Practice Association (THIPA) is your plan's medical group. 7 You Can Get: On-Island Convenience for Services At Catalina Island Medical Center Physician Appointments Physical Therapy Laboratory X-Ray Emergency Room- Catalinal-_. lsland Medical Center P.O. Box z563 i mo Falls Canyon Rd. i Avalon, CA 90704 (3zo) 510-0700 i Appointments (3m) 5m-oo96 www.cirnedicalcenter.org Mobile Marine .... MechaniC In the top photo, Island hikers walk the Garden to Sky trail. Below that is the view from the top of the trail, Photos by Laura Mecoy starting at 9:30 a.m. Visitors can learn more at the garden. In addition, the Conservancy also offers many other exciting Island adventures. Visitors can "go wild" on the Conservancy's one-of-a-kind nat- uralist-led Jeep Eco Tours. These open-air Jeep tours offer adventure amid the Island's spec- tacular valleys, mountains and beaches. Hikers, bikers, campers, runners and all outdoor enthusi- asts can find challenging adven- ture in the wildlands where' the Conservancy provides 50 miles of biking and nearly 150 miles of hiking opportunities on its trail and road system. The Conservancy's Avalon and Airport Nature Centers feature self-guided exhibits, videos and hands-on activities where visitors Nature Hikes, Page 11 Forget the plastic DRINK THE AIR No plastic waste Great for- homes and boats 75% more pure than bottled water Ghe-0000 UVING SOLUTIONS 305-900-7027 keysg reen.biz 10 1 Friday, June 19, 201_5 THE CATALINA ISLANDER