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Discovery Through Observation

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Catalina Island Conservancy provided free Discovery Kits to local Catalina families for the fourth year in a row.

On hot and sunny July 11, Catalina kids lined up to collect a great resource offered by Catalina Island Conservancy’s education team: the Discovery Kit. An annual summer happening for the last four years, the learning material distribution has now provided 400 packs with educational tools for Catalina families.

Last year’s marine-themed kits encouraged time at the seashore, while this year’s gear had kids looking to the skies. The birding backpacks included a guide to identify birds found on the Island, as well as binoculars, stickers, and materials to log their new discoveries. In addition to a nature journal, the kit also contained a small instruction booklet on the basics of nature journaling to help kids grow their skills and deepen their connection with the outside world.

“These kits allow the families of Catalina Island to explore in nature and take a closer look at the unique animals and birds that also call this island home,” said Conservancy Interim Director of Education Angelina Komatovich. “Distributing them at the height of summer encourages Avalon School students to continue learning even while school is out.”

While the families picked up their packs, kids learned about birds through artifacts including an eagle skull, replica eagle egg used in bald eagle recovery efforts, and a talon replica. Information in the Discovery Kits help the Jr. Naturalists of Catalina further their exploration of the natural world.

Kits were provided free of charge to local families thanks to the support of L.A. County Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn.

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