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The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park, Ventura

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Channel Islands National Park is a United States national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean. Although the islands are close to the shore of densely populated Southern California, their isolation has left them relatively undeveloped. The park covers of which are owned by the federal government. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages 76% of Santa Cruz Island, the largest island in the park.
Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of significant natural and cultural resources. It was designated a U.S. National Monument on April 26, 1938, and a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976. It was promoted to a National Park on March 5, 1980. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles around Channel Islands National Park.
The Channel Islands were originally discovered in 1542 by the explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. In 1938 the Santa Barbara and Anacapa islands were designated a national monument. San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands were combined with the monument in 1980 to form modern-day Channel Islands National Park.
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  • This is a wonderful place to visit prior to your trip to the islands. We learned a lot about the Channel Islands. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. They told us about a 25 minute... 
    This is a wonderful place to visit prior to your trip to the islands. We learned a lot about the Channel Islands. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. They told us about a 25 minute...  more »
  • There are several things packed into this small Visitor Center. The main/first floor has exhibits, many are “hands on”, and information about the Channel Islands. There is also a good video with an....  more
    There are several things packed into this small Visitor Center. The main/first floor has exhibits, many are “hands on”, and information about the Channel Islands. There is also a good video with an....  more »
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  • They have a replica tidal pool with real fish, starfish, etc., representative of what you'd see in the wild. Small, but good interpretive center. I watched one of several films they offer. It was well done. Second floor observation deck, if you just want to observe the islands from a distance! Loved how they had their gardens planted with native plants from the island! The Giant Coreopsis was awesome!
  • So much great information with engaging, interactive displays. Take your time as everything is scattered throughout the space. Don’t miss the stairs and garden. The docents are full of knowledge. Get that Junior Ranger badge.

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