Conservation - Habitat Restoration

Ackerman Native Plant Nursery

The Catalina Island Conservancy established the native plant nursery and seed conservation facility at Middle Ranch to provide plant and seed material for its revegetation needs on Santa Catalina Island.

The nursery grows over 85 species as container stock and houses over 3,000 seed collections (accessions) representing 243 species. Plant projects are varied and include rare plant conservation, invasive plant control, and habitat restoration.


Photo by Amy Fernandez

Native plants for Catalina Island Gardens

The Ackerman Nursery is equipped to provide a wide selection of Catalina Island native plants for landscaping, demonstration gardens, botanical collections, and research. Plants are produced following strict protocols to avoid negative impacts to native plant populations and to represent the unique biodiversity of the Island.

a sign for the Catalina Island James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery


Mr. James H. Ackerman was a major supporter of the Nursery as a Conservancy Benefactor and served on the Conservancy’s Board of Directors.  The Ackerman family continues to support the Nursery.

Volunteer at the Nursery

You can volunteer at the nursery and assist with propagation, out planting, and maintenance in the Island’s interior. We also welcome school groups, universities, and students for longer term restoration opportunities. Additionally, we host monthly conservation group work days.

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Contract Growing and Ecological Restoration Services

Inquire about services provided by Conservancy staff.

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7 am – 3:30 pm, M-F

200 Middle Ranch Rd
Avalon, CA 90704

The easiest way to visit the Nursery is on a Conservancy Eco-Tour.