The Salina: Why So Serious?

The Salina: Why So Serious?

Seriously, what’s a salina?  Well, according to Dictionary.com, it’s “an area of land encrusted with crystalline salt, especially a salt pan or a salt-encrusted playa” or it’s “a body of water, such as a salt marsh, spring, pond, or lake, having...

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Welcome to Toyon Bay

Welcome to Toyon Bay

Welcome to Toyon Bay! A place where students from all areas and ages can come for a few days and gets some hands on experience learning about the ocean and having tons of fun. Our location right outside of Avalon, will feel like a new home in no...

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Welcome to Fox Landing!

Welcome to Fox Landing!

  From our West End sibling at Cherry Cove, to our birthplace at Toyon Bay, CIMI at Fox Landing is as well home to some incredible outdoor treasures and enriched by all the students who visit! Fox Landing is located at Long Point, the...

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The Elusive Leopard Shark

The Elusive Leopard Shark

On beautiful, clear days here on Catalina Island, taking a stroll down the pier is the perfect way to spot our elusive friend, the leopard shark! These shy guys love to hang out in Catalina’s shallow coves and search the sand for benthic, or...

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The North American Bison

The North American Bison

The North American Bison, scientific name Bison bison, was first brought to Catalina Island back in 1924. These gentle giants were brought to the island for the production of the film “The Vanishing American”, which was never fully completed...

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Welcome to Cherry Cove!

Welcome to Cherry Cove!

Each of CIMI’s sites at Toyon Bay, Fox Landing, and Cherry Cove run their programs with the same goal in mind: providing students with a fun, adventurous, and enriching outdoor education experience. But that doesn’t mean that each camp can’t also...

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Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

Not only are we a bunch of ocean loving enthusiasts here at the Catalina Island Marine Institute we have a deep appreciation for pi (p) as well! Over the years p has made a huge impact all around the world. Not just as delicious desert, but as an...

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Seal vs. Sea Lion

Seal vs. Sea Lion

When discussing the difference between the seal vs. sea lion we can find five main differences that have to do with their anatomy and character traits. The first difference between the seals and sea lions that we will discuss is the shape of...

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The Iconic Palm Trees

The Iconic Palm Trees

Isn’t it weird to think of Catalina Island without palm trees lining the sandy beaches? Well a hundred years ago, that’s how it would have been! Maybe a shocker, but palm trees are not native to the island, they were brought to Catalina for...

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