Welcome to the Coastal Southern California Science and Learning website! This website delivers information about the resources and scientific activities underway in three national parks along the Southern California coast – Cabrillo National Monument, Channel Islands National Park, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. These parks represent one of the most outstanding examples of ecosystems supported by the Mediterranean climate region and each contain a rich and varied array of natural and cultural resources. The parks, together with their partners, are dedicated to understanding and preserving the region’s unique resources through science and education. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park and protected pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places.


  • The call for proposals for 2017 Research Grants has opened. Deadline for submission is Octonber 31, 2016. Please see the Reseach Grants Program page for more information.
  • Welcome! This site is still under development. Please bear with us as we continue to improve and expand its content.


All photos above courtesy of NPS except the top banner photo by Tim Hauf.