November 5th- Marineros Event at the Native Plant Nursery
March 17-18, 2023- Thad & BZ Jones Hikes

Catalina Marineros

Marineros are Conservancy members at the Adventurer level, who are boaters or people who enjoy the ocean.  Each year the Marineros support group holds events that provide unique experiences on Catalina Island. These often blend boating and hiking, such as the BZ Jones hike, on-island work parties, and special boating events including movies and tours. 

Marineros are interested in helping the Conservancy with its mission of stewarding Catalina’s lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation.  If you enjoy hiking, boating and volunteer opportunities and would like to do similar events on Catalina, you’ll get value from your Marinero membership.  The cost to join the Marineros is $125.  Through your generous support - 100% of your gift goes directly towards Conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs.  

Marinero membership has other benefits, including a Conservancy burgee, discounts at the new Trailhead visitor center and Toyon Grill, 50% off Conservancy campsites and more!  However the best thing about being a Marinero member is meeting more great people who are active and think Catalina is a special place.  While BZ Jones wasn’t a hiker, he loved sailing and, most of all, Catalina.  He was a founding member of the Marineros and had many great times with friends and family on the Island.

 JOIN CLICK HERE (select Adventurer or above and add Marineros)
or Contact Gina Dartt at 562-437-8555 x1224 to learn more.

Michael Toerge

The President of the Catalina Marineros is dedicated to growing membership, working with the Marineros Board to develop ideas and lead events that support the Conservancy's mission, in collaboration with the Conservancy's Membership Manager.

Newly named Marineros President, Michael Toerge, 
first came to Catalina when he was 12 years old, flying over aboard a sea plane that landed in the water in Avalon in 1968. His love for sailing grew and he captained a private sailing yacht throughout the Caribbean in 1983.

After joining Balboa Yacht Club in 1987, Michael raced Lido 14s, Olson 30 and crewed during various races. Currently, he sails a Juanneau 40 sailing sloop, Pura Vida. When he’s off the boat, but still in the water, Michael is an avid paddler. He’s paddled in numerous prone paddle board completions including the race from Two Harbors to the mainland – twice!

But when it comes to Catalina, Michael’s love goes beyond the water onto the coast. He’s hiked the length of the Island four times, and participated in the annual BZ Jones hike all but once. Biking in the wildlands is another favorite hobby, where permitted, and he’s traversed the Island several times on two wheels.

“It is anyone’s guess what Catalina would look like today if it were not for the Catalina Island Conservancy, but I’m fairly certain it would not be as welcoming to visiting yachtsmen and tourists as it is today,” he said.







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