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OUR WORK: PROGRAMS, PROJECTS & EVENTS

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HABITAT MONITORING

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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.

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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.

EONS

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.

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EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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RESTORATION PROJECTS

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RESTORATION PROJECTS

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. 

Current Projects:

  • Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

  • Turtle Rock Nature Center

  • Newport Back Bay - Project Grow

  • City of Santa Ana

Past Projects: 

  • 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)

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PARTNERS AND FRIENDS

OneOC - Ready to Grow

Orange Coast River Park (OCRP)

Orange County Marine Protected Area Council

OC CoastKeepers

PEW Charitable Trusts

Project Grow

Saddleback Community College

Socal Sea Turtles

Teletrac Navman

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Turtle Rock Nature Center

UCI Field Study Program

UHS Eco-Club

Vanguard University

Wetland and Wildlife Care Center