Orange County is filled with a variety of diverse habitats from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.  As part of our mission, OC Habitats strives to bring awareness and education to the public on these habitats and the species therein.  From the chaparral covered hills to the coastal sand dunes and tide pools we explore the importance of these habitats to those that reside in them but to the overall balance of nature within the Orange County area.  

In 2020, we launched the first of our habitat video series, The Native Habitats of Orange County.  This video is a short film that gives an overview of Orange County and introduces the many habitats we encounter every day.  Subsequent videos are in progress to give more detail of each of the main habitats and issues that Orange County faces as population rises and climate change issues increase.  

We hope you enjoy the show.  



OC Habitats is working on a series of coloring pages that go along with our habitat video series and habitat education programs. Look forward to pages filled with the plants and animals of each habitat and learn about species you might not know reside in them. The coloring book is being done by OCH artist Olivia Richardson by hand with pencil and ink. Expect the coloring book with a possible event to follow the launch in early late summer/early fall. 

Enjoy these preview shots!


Tide Pool Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

We encourage the community to go outside and enjoy nature but also be mindful of the habitat and species as you enter these fragile ecosystems.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning for a trip to the tide pools:


Little Corona Beach, Laguna Beach (Heisler Park, Treasure Island, and Shaw's Cove) and Dana Point

What to bring: 

Athletic shoes with a good grip for wet, slimy, and sharp rocks. Reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, a camera, and a water bottle to stay hydrated.

Follow the Marine Protect Area (MPA) Guidelines:

1. Never remove animals, shells or rocks from the tide pools.

2. Never pick up animals, obersive with your eyes only

3. Walk gently, taking care not to step on plants or animals

4. Never turn over rocks

5. Do not swim in tide pools

Finding species:

Use this handy guide to help you find some of the more common species in the area


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 OC Habitats does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  OC Habitats has no religious or political affiliations.  All photos provided with permission of photographers: ©RossGriswold.2020, ©S. Chartier-Grable.2020, @BillHalladay.2018, and @DannyRivas.2018. All Rights Reserved.