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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, MPA hikes in our Crystal Cove MPA, local habitat restorations, and our discussion series, Coffee & Conservation.  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 two 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! 

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COVID-19

Dear OCH Friends and Supporters,

September 2023

Although the COVID-19 Pandemic has officially ended, we are aware that the virus still remains within local, regional, and global populations. The disease continues to morph into more variants and, based on CDC, it looks like there will likely be times when we have higher surges of these new variants. At OCH, our team and volunteers health and safety is always a top priority and we respect and encourage people to wear masks if they feel the need and to remain at home if they are feeling sick. We always have sanitizer on hand at our events but encourage our friends to bring their own equipment (gloves, face masks, tools) if they are at all concerned about sharing these items with others. We thank you for you for volunteering and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. 

~OC Habitats Team

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HABITAT CLEANUP

OCH offers a Habitat Tours and clean-ups in our local habitats. We can host a restoration and cleanup event at one of our local restoration sites or take you on a guided hike in a specified habitat (coastal sage scrub, chaparral, grasslands, riparian, wetlands, and more). During these events we will learn about the habitat and do a clean-up as we go.  This is great for schools and corporations that are seeking volunteer opportunities.  

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GUIDED HIKES:
INLAND AND 
MARINE PROTECTED AREA HIKES

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.

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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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TEAM BUILDING and CELEBRATIONS

 

There are a variety of ways to connect with your co-workers, board members, and teammates and OC Habitats is happy to support an alternate experience by providing a tide pool exploration or hike for your team. 

We also provide events for celebrations such as birthday parties for children and adults alike. If you want to do something different and support your local ecosystems and nonprofits, email us at OCH@ochabitats.org

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, EcoEnterprise, NationalToday, and others)

  • JANUARY

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

  • Play Outside Day - Jan 1

  • National Bird Day - Jan. 5

  • Humanitarian Day - Jan 15

  • International Zebra Day - Jan 31

  • FEBRUARY

  • World Wetlands Day – Feb. 2

  • World Bonobo Day - Feb. 14

  • World Hippopotamus Day - Feb. 15

  • Great Backyard Birdcounty - Feb 18

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

  • International Polar Bear Day - Feb. 27

  • MARCH

  • World Wildlife Day - Mar. 3

  • Solar Appreciation Day - Mar. 12

  • International Day of Action for Rivers - Mar 14

  • World Consumer Rights Day - Mar 15

  • Global Recycling Day - Mar. 18

  • Taxonomist Appreciation Day - Mar. 19

  • World Sparrow Day – Mar. 20

  • Spring Equinox - Mar 20

  • World Rewilding Day - Mar 20

  • World Frog Day - Mar 20

  • World Forestry Day/International Day of Forests – March 21

  • World Planting Day - Mar 21

  • World Water Day – March 22

  • International Seal Day - Mar 22

  • World Meteorological Day – March 23

  • International Day of Zero Waste - Mar 30

  • Earth Hour – Last Saturday of March

  • APRIL

  • World Aquatic Animal Day - Apr. 3

  • National Wildlife Week - Apr. 5-9

  • Bat Appreciation Day - Apr. 17

  • National Environmental Education Week - Apr. 19-23 

  • Volunteer Recognition Week - April 20-25

  • Earth Day – April 22

  • Chemists Celebrate Earth Day – April 22

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

  • MAY

  • 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

  • World Bee Day – May 20

  • Biodiversity Day – May 22

  • World Turtle Day – May 23

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

  • Endangered Species Day – Third Friday in May

  • Learn about Composting Day - May 29

  • JUNE

  • World Reef Day June 1