The Channel Islands lie off the coast of Southern California. They feature beautiful rock formations, 2,000 species of plants and animals, and village sites once used by the Chumash people.

What can you see and do around the Channel Islands?

Channel Islands National Park This park includes five islands and the ocean around them.

Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park (Ventura, CA) Features a display about marine life, exhibits about each island, and a movie about the islands.

Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center (Santa Barbara, CA) Includes displays about the Chumash culture, Spanish explorers, and more.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Santa Barbara, CA) Learn about the culture and technology of the Chumash people and more.

Syuxtun Story Circle (Santa Barbara, CA) Members of the Chumash tribes no longer live on the Channel Islands, but they do live on the mainland nearby. Chumash artists honored their heritage by creating a mosaic in Santa Barbara near the old village site of Syuxtun. At the time of European contact, this community was the largest Chumash settlement.