Other Activities @ WMSC

Educator-Led Activities

Classes and research groups visiting WMSC can request educator-led activities to supplement planned curriculum or aid in cohort-building. These activities are designed to educate visitors about the unique ecology and geology of Catalina Island, the Marine Protected Area adjacent to our campus, hyperbaric medicine, and overall research activities taking place on our campus. Options include:

  • WMSC facility and lab tour
  • Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber tour
  • Ocean snorkel
  • Ocean kayak tour
  • Hikes to Blue Cavern Point and Deer Valley

You can indicate your interest in these activities on your reservation request form.

Students pose for a group photo after hiking to the top of a cliff on Catalina Island

Drone Activities

If you plan to use drones as part of your educational or research activities at WMSC, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with our drone policy and submit appropriate paperwork. All drone flights over the WMSC campus require a USC drone permit, regardless of whether the person or organization operating the drone is affiliated with USC. Flights over any other part of Santa Catalina Island, including surrounding waters, require permission from entities such as the City of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island Company, or Catalina Island Conservancy.

Download the Stakeholder Notes and Catalina Island ownership map for an overview of areas of jurisdiction, fees, permits, and other paperwork required for drone flights over Catalina Island. All non-USC information provided below is provided as a courtesy only and should be verified directly with the entities in question. Note: Drone approval usually takes at least 30 days, so please plan ahead.

USC Drone Materials

Policy on UAS Operations

Drone flight application (submit to uscdrone@usc.edu)

Flight report (submit to uscdrone@usc.edu within 24 hours after every drone flight)

Non-USC Drone Materials

Catalina Island Conservancy drone application

City of Avalon film handbook

Santa Catalina Island Company drone application

Wrigley Graduate Fellow Charnelle Wickliff lands a drone on a stretch of sand near the water