Parents Corner

Directions to the Boat

Dear Parents,

We are excited that you are considering sending your child to the Catalina Island Marine Institute. Our goal is to make your child’s trip one that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The website will give you a thorough overview of our programs and hopefully answer any questions you may have.

The lead teacher will choose classes from our program that fit your school’s current curriculum. With a focus on Marine Science, Island Ecology, and Adventure, we strive to meet each school’s individual scholastic needs. It’s a program that we believe in, and one that has positively impacted more than 1 million students since 1978.

Individual exploration and discovery are at the heart of CIMI’s educational philosophy. In addition to its academic value, another major benefit of attending CIMI is the Camp Experience. While camp is fun, exciting, and educational, it also teaches children practical life skills. By working in small teams to accomplish goals, they learn to get along with others in a group living situation and forge stronger friendships. The very nature of the experience encourages personal responsibility, initiative, and independence. Camp is an opportunity to develop character.

Our facilities on Catalina are not publicly accessible and allow your child an exciting opportunity to experience the unique ecology of Catalina Island, safely and without outside distractions. We look forward to sharing our vibrant and engaging hands-on program with your child in the near future.

Ross Turner
President & CEO
Guided Discoveries Inc.

PS. Don’t forget to check out our great summer programs!

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Download PDF Reader

Packing List (English) for students and chaperones
Packing List (Spanish)
Student Health Form– English
Student Health Form – Spanish
CIMI Parent Brochure


Where can parents send mail?
We operate 3 facilities on Catalina Island so please be sure to choose the correct site…

Toyon Bay –    P.O. Box 796, Avalon, CA 90704

Fox Landing – P.O. Box 1920, Avalon, CA 90704

Cherry Cove –  P.O. Box 5015, Two Harbors, CA 90704

You will need to mail your letter a week prior to your camper’s visit for them to actually receive it during their time on Catalina. Mail also runs on “island-time” — so plan ahead and add 1-2 days to normal mailing times. Care packages are discouraged.