The heart and soul of our preservation and education efforts
Featured Volunteer Opportunities
In response to the current health crisis with Covid-19, all our tours and volunteer days are cancelled until further notice. We are doing our part during this crisis to keep our docents, core team members, and all volunteers safe. As soon as we can, our team will joyously be back out at Bolsa Chica and inviting you all to help us care for it. We hope that all of our supporters, your families and friends, stay well and healthy!
Stewards Restoration Project
The Stewards meet twice each month – the first Sunday and third Saturday- to restore native habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. We invite the community to join us at 9:00am (till noon). Meet at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve North Parking Lot (3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA). We plant and water native plants, remove non-native plants, pick up trash and other maintenance tasks. Come on out and help us heal our local environment! Please “dress for mess” with long pants and closed toe shoes (like sneakers) and plenty of sunscreen. That’s it! We will take care of you from there – we will give you plenty of instructions, tools and equipment, information about the ecosystem, and water and snacks. All are welcome, but please note we have very limited access for those with physical disabilities. Groups of 25 or more, we ask that you please call ahead to (714) 846-1001 or email Kim@bclandtrust.org so we can provide extra equipment & snacks. Volunteer slips are available for school credit.
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
Stewards and volunteers tend the plants on the weekdays and weekends on a flexible schedule. Beverley Hansen is the volunteer coordinator (Beverley@BCLandTrust.org) and is the one to contact to arrange volunteering at the Growing Space.
Jr. Stewards Restoration Project
The Junior Stewards come out on the Bolsa Chica Stewards’ volunteer days – the third Saturday and first Sunday of each month – to help restore the Bolsa Chica Mesa. We meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot on Warner Avenue near PCH, across from the fire station. Sometimes we clear weeds and non-native plants and plant the species native to the wetlands. Other times we water plants we put in earlier in the year. On the volunteer days, we are there from 9 a.m. to noon, and we have delicious snacks!
There also are occasional special events, field trips, and activities for Junior Stewards.
For more information on the Junior Stewards, contact Danny Hasheminejad, Jr. Stewards Coordinator, (Dannyh@bclandtrust.org), or just come out on the third Saturday or first Sunday of the month. (Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and don’t forget to put on sunscreen!)
Bolsa Chica Land Trust Outreach
Come hang out at our table and help spread the word about the cool and important elements of Bolsa Chica! We meet at 10am on the third Sunday of every month at the south lot (off of PCH headed north right before Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach). We usually stay till about 2, but it is not mandatory to stay the whole time. Stay for an hour or longer, we just love your company! For more information call us at 714-846-1001 or email Kim@BCLandTrust.org.
Docents/Miracles of the Marsh
“Miracles of the Marsh from Wetlands to Wildlife” is our elementary school education program which brings children from around Orange County and Long Beach to the Bolsa Chica for a walking tour in this living classroom. The program includes an extensive field guide for teachers, a power point presentation at each school prior to the field trip, and our docent-led tour of the Bolsa Chica with its emphasis on plant life, wildlife, history, and water quality. Thanks to our members’ generosity, the Trust is able to help with bus transportation costs.
Training begins in September. Join our dedicated and fun team as we educate our local 3rd graders to the wonders of Bolsa Chica.
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.
The Board of Directors extends a very enthusiastic “Thank You” to the thousands of friends who have volunteered their time and donated funds to the Land Trust since 1992. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust is a true grass roots organization that has relied on volunteers to maintain the organization and continue to make progress toward meeting the Trust’s mission – to acquire, preserve and restore all of the Bolsa Chica and the education of the public to its natural wonders and historical importance.
The work that remains is critical to achieving our goal. The Land Trust will continue to rely on YOU as we move forward in the coming years. There are Great volunteer opportunities to fit various age groups and interests. Check out the list of volunteer activities to see what bests fits your needs and contact us with your interests. We welcome and need your contribution!
- Beach Clean Up
Mondays 8:30 am – 9:30 am (rain cancels)
November – March
It’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s great exercise, AND it helps the environment. Call our office for more information at (714) 846-1001.
- Newsletter Party
About every 3 months we put a call out for all helpers to assist with labeling newsletters. Many hands get the task completed in no time and there’s not too much to it. If you like an opportunity to combine a volunteer task along with a socializing activity with other Land Trust members, than your assistance would be greatly appreciated. There will be coffee and cookies waiting for you. Call the office at (714) 846-1001 or email Beverley@BCLandTrust.org to be placed on the contact list for the next mailing party.
- Growing Space
Please join us to tend our young native plants in our Growing Space (similar to a plant nursery). Contact Beverley@BCLandTrust.org for more information.