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Weekend on Catalina Island

The Bruin Geological Survey will be spending the second weekend of spring break on Catalina Island. Catalina is a wonderful place to spend time on the beach, see unique wildlife (both in and out of the water), and most importantly see some cool schist! Catalina Schist that is... The island is another puzzle piece in the complex geological history of southern California. However this puzzle piece has a whole story of its own.

We will be staying the weekend at USC's Wrigley Marine Science Center at Two Harbors. The center has their own boat that will give us a ride to and from the island, leaving out of San Pedro, Los Angeles.

A four bedroom cottage and a two bedroom apartment will make up our accommodations for the weekend. The apartment comes with a full kitchen and outdoor barbecue area, so we are planning on bringing our own food to the island and cooking ourselves.

Our plan while we are at the island is to get a clear picture of how the island fits into the greater geological history of southern California. We plan on accomplishing this in a number of fun and interesting ways. This part of Catalina Island has miles of hiking trails, which will take the eager geologist past many well exposed outcrops. You can also take the marine approach, and kayak up to the cliffs that line the island's shores. We can even explore the rocks beneath the surface with a snorkel mask and some fins. We will have three full days on the island, so there will be time to explore the area on your own as well.

This trip will be the second weekend of spring break. The specific dates are Friday March 25 - Monday March 28. We will depart from San Pedro Harbor at 8 a.m.on Friday morning, and will be departing from the island at 3:30 p.m. the following Monday. We are returning on Monday because the Marine Center's boats do not run on the weekends. There is an option to take a boat back from Two Harbors on Sunday at 2 p.m., but this will cost extra, and it does not return you to the same terminal we will be leaving from on Friday.

There are only a limited number of spots available for this trip- we currently have 13 available spots. If you would like to join us on this weekend, then please email us ASAP. We will be requiring a $75 deposit by March 1. This will ensure your spot on the trip, and will be sent to the Marine Center as part of our group deposit. The overall cost of the trip will be roughly $150. This price will vary depending on how many people sign up, what activities we want to do on the island, and how much food we want to bring. The deposit will cover $75 of the total cost.

RSVP to to save your spot today and feel free to email us if you have any questions.

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