OUR WORK: PROGRAMS, PROJECTS & EVENTS
OC Habitats offers a variety of activities and events (in-person and virtual) to connect with our community and protect our environment. Habitat monitoring, education and outreach, and restoration are the focus of our team efforts.
COASTAL DUNE HABITAT SURVEY
Where it all began. OCH trains all monitors to be able to correctly identify all shorebirds on the Orange County Coast. Once trained, our monitors survey over 20 segments of beach each month and share their data with local agencies and nonprofits. Using the combined data of OCH and others, those organizations then work to ensure the protections of these habitats and species.
Eyes on the Nest Site (EONS) program hosted by Bolsa Chica Conservancy (BCC). OCH has partnered with this nonprofit to help with the data collection that supports the continued protection of California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers (both federally listed species). This is a short term project each year that runs from April through August, the tern and plover breeding season. BCC and OCH train all volunteers to help survey and monitor the EONS site on the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
HABITAT EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Our Habitat Educator Team will come to your school or a nearby natural environment (local park, beach, etc) to teach about the local habitat and use curriculum based information to support in-class standards. We offer programs from kindergarten through high school! Click below to learn more and reserve your Habitat Program Today.
HABITAT TOURS AND CLEANUPS
We offer habitat tours for schools, corporations, and small groups. We meet at a specified habitat location, discuss all the aspects of that environment, and do a clean-up as we explore.
NATURE CLASSES & PROGRAMS
OCH provides hands-on experiential learning to students and groups, big and small. Our programs include all habitat types within Orange County and topics can vary from vernal pools in Costa Mesa to Mountain Lions in Cleveland National Forest. Our range from 2nd grade through college level.
OC Habitats Restoration Projects are varied from wetland to coastal sage scrub habitats and everything in between. We have worked or are working with the following groups to restore areas around Orange County due to human encroachment, habitats loss, and recent fire damage. We have weeded, planted, watered, and maintained these areas to help protect existing habitats and restore them to their native glory and provide much needed habitat for the variety of species that rely on them. Our goal is to provide one restoration event per month throughout the year. We invite our regular volunteers and any individual who would like to help our efforts to join us.
Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy
Turtle Rock Nature Center
Newport Back Bay - Project Grow
City of Santa Ana
OC Parks - Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Irvine Regional Park
Fairview Park Restoration (Costa Mesa) - ICR
Butterfly Garden - Huntington Beach Central Park
Beach Cleanups at Balboa Pier (Newport Beach)
PARTNERS AND FRIENDS
Partners - Nonprofit and more
OneOC - Ready to Grow
Orange Coast River Park (OCRP)
Orange County Marine Protected Area Council
PEW Charitable Trusts
Saddleback Community College
Socal Sea Turtles
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Turtle Rock Nature Center
UCI Field Study Program
Wetland and Wildlife Care Center
Friends - Nonprofits and more