Habitat Restoration

Bolsa Chica Stewards

The Bolsa Chica Stewards–the Restoration Team of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust–have been restoring the natural habitat on the Bolsa Chica Mesa since 1996.  In cooperation with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Bolsa Chica Stewards have planted over 38,000 drought tolerant, native plants with the help of more than 17,000 volunteers from 80 different schools and community organizations.  Our planting season is October through April; during the rest of the year we care for the new plants and remove non-native plants, pick up trash, and other maintenance tasks.

The Bolsa Chica ecosystem is comprised of a rare combination of saltwater wetland and dry upland Mesa. The lower wetlands received a breath of new life in the form of a significant restoration; however, the Mesa was untouched by that project. The Bolsa Chica Stewards foresaw the need to heal the habitat and had the passion to undertake the immense challenge of restoring native vegetation among a sea of non-native, invasive weeds.  With persistence, dedication, and a “yes we can” attitude, the Bolsa Chica Stewards have successfully met the challenge and transformed over 9 acres into beautiful Southern California Coastal Sage Scrub habitat and native grassland.

For more information on the Stewards, contact Kim Kolpin (Kim@bclandtrust.org).

The BCLT Stewards Growing Space Nursery- The purpose of this Growing Space is to support the Bolsa Chica Land Trust (BCLT) Stewards Habitat Restoration efforts, current and future, on the Lower Mesa at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.  The space will be utilized to grow native plants for both Coastal Sage Scrub and Grassland habitats.  We will also use the Growing Space as an educational space to teach about native plants, as well as a living laboratory to test different propagation and treatment techniques to determine the most efficient and successful procedures for growing native plants under the environmental conditions of Bolsa Chica.

You can learn more about the details about the Growing Space here

Bolsa Chica Jr. Stewards

The Junior Stewards is a branch of the Bolsa Chica Stewards. This program’s main objective is to get kids out to the Bolsa Chica. Kids 5-16 are welcome to come help out!

Here are some reasons for joining the Junior Stewards:

• you can get dirty and your parents won’t mind

• it’s fun!

• you get a stylin’ t-shirt

• you get documented volunteer hours

• pride in helping the environment

• be part of a great team

• make new friends

• be in a beautiful place outdoors

• learn leadership skills

A restoration team made by kids for kids!  The Jr. Stewards work on the Reserve at the same time and days that the Stewards do, but have their own area to work on as a team.  The Jr. Stewards are kids aged 5 – 16 who as a group learn about the local environment and ecology, build leadership skills and make lasting friendships.  The Jr. Stewards also visit other local Reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, go on field trips and campouts, and take part in other Land Trust events.   For more information on the Jr. Stewards, contact Danny Hasheminejad, Jr. Stewards Coordinator (Dannyh@bclandtrust.org).


Miracles of the Marsh

“Miracles of the Marsh” is our 3rd grade elementary school educational program which brings children from more than a dozen cities to Bolsa Chica for a walking tour in this living classroom.  The program includes a field guide and resources for teachers, a power point presentation at each school prior to the field trip, a full color workbook for each student, and our docent-led tour of Bolsa Chica with emphasis on plant life, wildlife, history, and water quality.  Thanks to our membership and corporate partner’s generosity, the Trust is able to assist with bus transportation costs.

The program runs from January to June each year and we are always looking for interested individuals to join our Docent Team. Training begins in September. It’s fun.

The children and teachers love to learn about this precious resource in the midst of our urban environment. For more information call the Land Trust office (714) 846-1001.

Bolsa Chica Tours

No Tours on:

  • April 17th (Easter)
  • May 8th (Mother’s Day)
  • June 19th (Father’s Day)

Join us on the second and third Sunday of each month for a free guided walking tour of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and mesa.  Learn about the history of Bolsa Chica, its wildlife, and plant life with a Bolsa Chica Land Trust docent.  Literature and merchandise is also available.  The two-hour tour begins at 10 a.m. from the Ecological Reserve South parking lot on Pacific Coast Highway across from Bolsa Chica State Beach (on PCH between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street). Look for the white canopy and tables at the back of the lot by the footbridge, which is where you will meet the docent. Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, and be sure to bring binoculars or a camera!  For more information call or email the BCLT office.