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AVALON, Calif. – The traditional holiday shopping season kicks off later this month, and millions of Americans across the country are expected to flock to malls and shopping centers looking to capitalize on “Black Friday” deals. The Catalina Island Conservancy announced that it will once again be joining outdoor retail giant REI in encouraging the public to forgo their shopping plans and instead “Opt Outside” and enjoy the great outdoors.
In observance of “Opt Outside” the Catalina Island Conservancy is offering free admission to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden on Friday, November 25th. Visitors are invited to spend the day exploring the Conservancy’s collection of native trees and plants and to hike the popular Garden To Sky trail.
“We believe that there is no greater gift than the natural world around us,” said Tony Budrovich, chief executive officer for the Catalina Island Conservancy. “I can think of no better way to kick off the holiday season than spending the day outside with friends and loved ones.”
In order to “Opt Outside” and receive free entry into the Garden, guests must register online to receive their admission voucher.
Catalina visitors and residents are asked to share photos of themselves enjoying Catalina Island’s bountiful outdoor sights and activities on their social media channels with the tags #optoutside and #CIC.
To register for the Catalina Island Conservancy’s Opt Outside offer, go to www.catalinaconservancy.org/optoutside.
The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California’s oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. It operates the Airport in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and two nature centers. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world.
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