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Catalina Island Conservancy

125 Claressa Ave Avalon CA 90704
(310) 510-2595
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The Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens was created between 1933 and 1934 in memory of William Wrigley Junior, the chewing gum magnate and patron saint of Catalina Island. Wrigley did much to improve the island, including adding public utilities, building new steamships, constructing the Casino building, and planting extensive plants and flowers. The memorial is set in the center of the...

88% of Catalina Island is owned by this organization, whose duty is to preserve it and its rare species of plants and animals for posterity. With this in mind, they have affixed a steep price for biking permits to generally discourage that activity in the wilderness areas of the island. However, hiking maps only cost a quarter and hiking permits are free, as well as the staff's sound advice and...

Catalina Island Conservancy is responsible for the conservation, education and recreation of more than 40,000 acres of valleys, hillsides, oak-covered plateaus, and over 200 miles of roads in Santa Catalina Island in California. It works to protect various rare and endangered species found on the island. The conservancy serves nearly 1 million visitors every year. It provides scientific...

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Two miles south of the bay is Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, home to plants native to Southern California. Several grow only on Catalina Island—Catalina ironwood, wild tomato, and rare Catalina mahogany. The Wrigley family commissioned the garden as well as the monument, which has a grand staircase and a Spanish-style mausoleum inlaid with colorful Catalina tile. Wrigley Jr. was once...

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What a lovely place to be in! The garden itself wasn't that impressive to me, but that's because I am not too interested in plants and trees. I am more interested on the hikes that I went on with...

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We rented a golf cart to come and check this place out. We only had 45 minutes before it was closed so we didn't get to see the whole place. We just hiked up to the memorial. Along the way we're...

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"...a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation." Related Cause: Catalina's Wildlands Forever!

The Memorial Garden is particularly concerned with the eight Catalina endemics - plants which grow naturally only on Santa Catalina Island. The Wrigley Memorial Garden Foundation maintains a special interest in the preservation of all Catalina endemics, including the rare Catalina Ironwood.

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