Day Trips

Santa Cruz Island Day Trip – Prisoner’s Harbor | Sold Out

Steve Junak
Ventura Harbor - Santa Cruz Island
May 31, 2024
8:15AM - 5:00PM
Scientist in orange hat walking on Santa Cruz Island

Join us for a special trip to the Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, which is on the border of the Nature Conservancy property. Steve Junak will lead our guests on a scenic walk on the trails near the harbor to see and learn about the unique island flora on the north side of the island. After departing from Ventura Harbor a short boat trip will take our guests to this harbor. Our travelers have a short climb up a ladder to the pier that leads to the harbor area and walking trails. Don’t forget to bring your camera or nature journal to capture images of the scenery and share your memorable trip!

All ages are welcome, however participants must be in good physical condition. Participants must bring water and food with them for their time on the island. Additional information with directions to the harbor and travel preparation will be sent to registered guests via email.

Location & Time:

Our group will meet at the Ventura Harbor at 8:15 a.m. to prepare for the Island Packers boat to depart at 9 a.m. For the return trip, the boat will depart from the island at 3:15 p.m. to arrive at Ventura Harbor at approximately 5 p.m. The boat trip will take approximately 1.5-2 hours each way.

If you have questions about the classes or need assistance with registration, please contact the Education Department: registrations@sbbotanicgarden.org or 805-682-4726, ext 102


Garden Members: $135

General Public: $160

About Steve Junak:

Steve Junak is the Garden’s Herbarium Curator emeritus and is an active researcher and expert on the flora of the islands of California and Baja California.  He holds an M.A. in botany, has led field trips for more than 25 years, and has co-authored several books on the Channel Islands. Look for Steve’s trips to the Channel Islands for unique botanical experiences.

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