The Channel Islands are home to the most well-preserved archeological sites on the Pacific coast, with more than 10,000 years of continuous human occupation recorded. They contain the oldest dated human remains in North America—Arlington Springs Man (13,000 BP).
While the islands themselves are accessible only by boat or aircraft, the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitors Center is right in the Ventura Harbor. Located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura, it features a display of marine aquatic life as well as exhibits reflecting the unique character of each island. There is a 3-dimensional map of the islands outside the bookstore that gives an idea of the shapes of the islands. If you go up to the 3rd floor, you get a beautiful panoramic view of Ventura and the harbor.
San Nicolas Island, part of the Channel Islands, is the setting for Scott O’Dell’s novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins”. Foster Library has many copies of the novel along with other items to help you plan your journey to the Channel Islands.