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EVENTS - PROGRAMS - PROJECTS

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OC Habitats (OCH) hosts a variety of events throughout the year.  These events include guided bird tours, guided habitat hikes in various OC locations, and MPA hikes in our Crystal Cove MPA.  Most of our offerings are outdoors, in nature.  You will find this a refreshing change from your everyday routine of work, school, or everyday life that keeps you indoors, at your desk or under fluorescent lights. 

 

We try plan our events about 2 months out but sometimes create a new opportunity spontaneously. We partner with several other organizations and may share events that align with our mission and goals of habitat conservation and species preservation. 

Check out our events and sign up today! 

COVID-19

Dear Friends of OCH,

August 24, 2021

As the pandemic is ever-changing with new and dangerous variants cropping up, we will not be hosting any large gatherings indoors anytime soon but we are starting to host guided hikes and small in-person outdoor education events. We will always adhere to federal, state, and local requirements regarding health and safety so will still ask our volunteers and guests to stay socially distanced and have face masks on hand at all times. As we move forward we will continue to offer our virtual programs, hybrid programs, and lots of small in-person venues in the coming months and hope that you will join us! We wish you all good health and hope to see you outdoors soon!

~ OC Habitats

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RESTORATION

OC Habitats schedules monlty restoration projects around Orange County with a variety of different partners such as Huntington Beach Wetlands Conserancy, Project Grow, and OC Parks.  We are open to all volunteers, 12 and older, and especially like groups from corporations, clubs, and sports teams. We will sign for high school volunteer hours, so bring your paperwork.  

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TIDEPOOL EXPLORATION

 

Tidepool Exploration Hikes are for the whole family, any age. We explore the local tidepools in various locations in Orange Co., such as Little Corona and Laguna Beach. We require that all participants wear non-slip shoes and a sense of adventure.

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HABITAT CLEANUP

 

 

OCH offers a Habitat Tour and Clean-up to small groups (30 or less).  We will tour you around the specified habitat (beach, riparian, park, etc) and will do a clean-up as we go.  This is great for schools and corporations that need to meet volunteer and community goals. 

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GUIDED HIKES

MARINE PROTECTED AREA HIKE

OCH has initiated guided hike series. We explore a variety of habitats within Orange County where we will explore beautiful regions in the area, learn about plants and animals that use the area, and even learn about some edible and medicinal plants.

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Hike is a beautiful hike that begins at Little Corona Beach, heads southeast to Crystal Cove, and ends back at Little Corona Beach.  This is a tide and weather-dependent hike.  OCH requires all participants to be in good health, able to walk over slippery and rough rocks for up to 3 miles, wear closed-toed athletic shoes, and bring their own water and snacks.  Our hikes are led by an experienced guide with knowledge of hiking and the marine habitat.  Participants must be 16 years or older or 10 year and older with a parent/guardian.

LIVESTREAMS AND VIDEO CONTENT

OCH does a variety or events via Google Meet. Click the link below to see our previous live streams and other video content!

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ENVIRONMENTAL HOLIDAYS
(Source ECOWatch and others)

  • Green New Year’s Resolution – Jan. 1 (a made up holiday, but why not participate?) 

  • National Bird Day - Jan. 5

  • Humanitarian Day - Jan 15

  • World Wetlands Day – Feb. 2

  • World Bonobo Day - Feb. 14

  • World Hippopotamus Day - Feb. 15

  • Love Your Pet Day/ Wolf Pangolin Day - Feb. 20

  • National Wildlife Day - Feb. 22

  • International Polar Bear Day - Feb. 27

  • World Wildlife Day - Mar. 3

  • Solar Appreciation Day - Mar. 12

  • Global Recycling Day - Mar. 18

  • World Sparrow Day – March 20

  • World Forestry Day – March 21

  • World Water Day – March 22

  • World Meteorological Day – March 23

  • Earth Hour – Last Saturday of March

  • World Aquatic Animal Day - Apr. 3

  • National Wildlife Week - Apr. 5-9

  • Bat Appreciation Day - Apr. 17

  • National Environmental Appreciation Week - Apr. 19-23 

  • Volunteer Recognition Week - April 20-25

  • Earth Day – April 22Chemists Celebrate Earth Day – April 22

  • Arbor Day – Last Friday in April (each state also has its own observation based on best tree planting time)

  • International Migratory Bird Day – Second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada

  • Greenery Day – May 4 in Japan (previously April 29)

  • Invasive Species Awareness Week - May 15-20

  • International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day) – May 22

  • Bike-to-Work Day – Third Friday in May

  • Learn about Composting Day - May 29

  • National Trails Day – First Saturday in June

  • World Environment Day – June 5

  • World Oceans Day – June 8

  • Global Wind Day – June 15

  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17

  • Clean Beaches Week - July 1-7

  • World Population Day – July 11

  • Shark Awareness Day - July 14

  • World Nature Conservation Day - July 28

  • International Tiger Day – July 29

  • International Clouded Leopard Day - Aug 4

  • World Lion Day - Aug. 10

  • World Elephants Day - Aug 12

  • International Wolf Day - Aug 13

  • National Honey Bee Day - Aug 15

  • World Orangutan Day - Aug 19

  • World African Wild Dog Day - Aug 26

  • National Wildlife Day – Sept. 4

  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – Sept. 16

  • Coastal Clean Up Day & Clean Up the World Weekend – Third weekend in September

  • Zero Emissions Day – Sept. 21

  • International Day of Peace – Sept. 21

  • World Car Free Day – Sept. 22

  • World Rivers Day – Every last Sunday in September

  • World Habitat Day – First Monday in October

  • World Vegetarian Day – Oct. 1

  • World Animal Day – Oct. 4

  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction – Second Wednesday in October

  • World Planting Day – Oct. 22

  • International Day of Climate Action – Oct. 24

  • World Vegan Day – Nov. 1

  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict – Nov. 6

  • America Recycles Day – Nov. 15

  • National Bison Day - First Sat in Nov.

  • International Cheetah Day - Dec. 4

  • World Soil Day – Dec. 5

  • International Mountain Day – Dec. 11  

  • Monkey Day - Dec. 14

2021 - International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
2022 - International Year of Glass 

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