Annual Community Appreciation Weekend

Annual Community Appreciation Weekend


The Annual Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Community Appreciation Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished and to look toward the future. Naturalists’ past and present, Advisory Team members, financial supporters, and friends of the program are invited to Emerald Bay for a weekend of community building and island activities including snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, archery, hiking, campfires, Beach Tie Gala, and more! Tickets are offered in tiers, with an at-cost option and sponsorship levels.

You’re Invited!

Please join us for the First Annual Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Community Weekend!

This will be a fun Island weekend to hear Academy updates, connect with new and old friends and Academy supporters, and enjoy camp activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and archery.

Transportation will be via the Catalina Express from San Pedro. Transportation subject to change if necessary.

The weekend is open invite: Staff alumni, organizational partners, schools and families, the Island community, and anyone who has interest in learning more about the Academy.


Tentative Schedule:

Friday, May 27:

2:00 – 2:30 PM: Arrival at Catalina Express San Pedro (Berth 95)

2:55 PM: Catalina Express departs from San Pedro

4:15 PM: Arrival to Two Harbors & Shore Boat to Emerald Bay

5:00 PM: Arrival at Emerald Bay & Housing Assignments

6:30 PM: Dinner

8:00 PM: Social

Saturday, May 28:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00: Free Time Activities

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Free Time Activities

6:30 PM: Beach Tie Gala (The Beach Tie Gala is a fun outdoor party on the waterfront with dinner included. There will be games, music, drinks, and dancing. Wear your best wacky beach wear!)

Sunday, May 29:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00: Free Time Activities (Areas Open)

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Free Time (Areas Closed)

1:30 PM: Optional Camp Tour & Program Highlights

2:30 – 3:15 PM: Pack Up, Clean Cabins & Line Up on Pier

3:30 PM: Shore Boat Departure to Two Harbors

4:45 – 7:00 PM: Catalina Express Departs to San Pedro (Via Avalon)


Registration Options:

Registration is offered in Tiers to allow as many to join as are able. Please consider selecting a Sponsor Level to support the ongoing work of the Academy!

The first two registrations that include at least one Gray Whale level sponsor will be housed in one of our beach houses. This page will be updated when those have been booked.

$165.00 per Garibaldi Level ($165 At-Cost Ticket)
$215.00 per Horn Shark Level Sponsor ($165 plus $50 Donation)
$265.00 per Osprey Level Sponsor ($165 plus $100 Donation)
$500.00 per Island Fox Level Sponsor ($165 plus $335 Donation)
$1,000.00 per Gray Whale Level Sponsor ($165 plus $835 Donation)

Click Here to Register

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • “Emerald Bay took learning and made it fun, which is hard to do”

    Ava, student
  • “I would say that it was a way to get closer to the people that you see everyday. Like for me I feel closer to my classmates than other classes because of this experience. My class and I were the first class in our school to go to this trip and it was filled with many fun activities. I think other people should visit because they will learn many new things and have fun rather than the everyday to day life. It’s nice to do something different. Like for me I sometimes get bored at home but knowing that I had something to do in a new place was nice compared to the same repetitive lifestyle. All of the staff were very helpful and happy to help and answer any questions that you have. The food was also great! Everything had a great flavor and everything was fresh and warm.”

    Emma, student
  • “Emerald Bay is so much fun, it teaches you to be a good contributor to the environment. It takes doing something serious into something fun! It makes your bunkmates feel like they are family, AND you might make new friends!”

    Liam, student