The Santa Cruz Island Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation established in 1985
by the late Carey Stanton to collect, maintain, and catalog items of real and personal property
or interests regarding Santa Cruz Island and the other California Channel Islands, unique island
environments off the coast of Southern California... [read more]

The Chrisman California Islands Center in Carpinteria

Exciting news. We have purchased and now finished renovating the former Bank of America building at the corner of Carpinteria and Linden Avenues. Our new Chrisman California Islands Center, with exhibits, archives, films, art, live feeds from 2 dozen Island cams, and much more is located at the gateway to Carpinteria. The Chrisman California Islands Center is now open to the public, Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. www.ccislandscenter.org
To learn more, please email us: info@scifoundation.org

California Channel Islands

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There are eight islands located off the coast of southern California, which comprise California’s Channel Islands. They are divided into two separate groups: the Northern Channel Islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands, and the Southern California Islands: Santa Catalina, Santa Barbara, San Nicolas and San Clemente islands.


Publications for Sale

The Santa Cruz Island Foundation has been publishing books about the California Channel Islands since 1987. Ten volumes comprise the complete Occasional Papers series. Although many of the titles are now out of print, some have been reprinted, and limited numbers of copies of others remain available. Our newest publication, The Farallon Islands: The Devil's Teeth, offers a detailed history of these islands presented through captioned photographs.




ISLAPEDIA is a comprehensive California Channel Islands encyclopedia covering hundreds of topics and thousands of entries on all eight California Channel Islands. It includes people, place names, ships and shipwrecks, island events and noteworthy topics. It was begun in 1973 by cultural anthropologist, Marla Daily, President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (1987-current). Islapedia is a continuing research work in progress—now in its 40th year. 

Santa Cruz Island Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.