OCH Event Offerings
OC Habitats (OCH) hosts a variety of events throughout the year. These events range bird lecture series to MPA hikes in the Crystal Cove MPA. Most of our offerings are outside in nature. You will find this a refreshing change from your everyday routine of work, school, or everyday life that keeps you indoors and under fluorescent lights.
We plan our events about 3 months out and are always open to suggestions. We also partner with many other organizations and like to share their events that align with our mission and goals of habitat conservation and species preservation.
Check out our events and sign up today!
OCH & OC Parks Restoration Project
OC Habitats is doing an ongoing restoration with OC Parks. We helped to plant new natives at Santiago Oaks in March 2019 and the plants are thriving! We then helped to maintain the "Coastal Sage Scrub" Garden that was planted in Irvine Regional in the spring of 2019. We wrapped up our work at that location and have begun a new project at the Harding Nature Trail in Irvine Regional. We meet on the first Sunday of each month to make progress on restoring this native trail. 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.
We hope to see you out there! See schedule for the next event!
MPA Hikes & Tidepool Exploration
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. All participants must be 16 years and older.
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.
We offer birding tours in a variety of locations around Orange County. These tours are led by an experienced birder and will open your eyes to the many beautiful natural habitats we have within our little county and all the species that call them home.
Habitat Tours and Clean-ups
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.
2019 Wildlife Pouch Party
Harding Trail Restoration 2019
Claire Fackler from NOAA was able to pull together an overview document that includes all of the web links from Dr. Zachary J. Cannizzo's webinar presentation titled "Managing National Marine Sanctuaries in a Changing Climate" that was presented on January 14, 2020. The downloadable PDF has the web links embedded that you can directly click on the climate, adaptation, and resilience online resources.