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Catalina Island Residents and their Families Ride Free With Conservancy Membership

Catalina Island Conservancy

Becoming a member of the Conservancy just got even better for Avalon Residents. Besides half off Conservancy camp sites, free bike passes and more, Residents who purchase a membership will now be able to ride the Wildlands Express with their family FREE to the Airport in the Sky and back, any time space is available. Residents' special rate for a year-long membership is 25% off the regular price. Memberships begin at the $35 Friend Level -- $25.25 with Resident discount.

To make it even easier, for Residents unable to purchase a membership, there will be limited sponsorships available through the Conservancy.

"The Conservancy wants to make sure that Residents have every opportunity to enjoy their Island home to the fullest, including access to its spectacular interior," said Ann Muscat, Conservancy President and CEO.
Specially marked Resident membership cards will be provided. Simply show that card to the Wildlands Express shuttle driver, and based on the number of open seats on the shuttle, the card holder, spouse and their children can ride the scenic Airport Road absolutely free.

In addition to free round-trip rides to the Airport in the Sky, Conservancy membership also provides Residents with an annual Freewheeler Bike Pass, a free subscription to the Conservancy Times and monthly e-newsletter, 50% off Conservancy campground fees, and opportunities to participate in special Island conservation projects.  Higher levels of Resident memberships, also available at a 25% discount, carry further benefits.

To sign up for a membership at the reduced Resident's rate or to inquire about limited sponsorships, come to Conservancy House, 125 Clarissa Avenue. Memberships are also available at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden, and the Airport in the Sky.

The Wildlands Express shuttle bus runs daily on the following schedule, with drop offs at Haypress Picnic Area, Blackjack Campground (by prearrangement), and places in between:
Plaza to Airport - 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Between April 16 and October 15 there is a 5:30 p.m. bus to the Airport.

Airport to the Plaza - 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Between April 16 and October 15, there is a 7 p.m. bus to the Plaza.