Bolsa Chica Conservatory has been devoted to improving natural habitats since its establishment in 1990. This private, non-profit organization relies community involvement and continuous education to promote wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology, and environmental sustainability.
For those wishing to partake in this influential work, Bolsa Chica Conservatory holds a regularly scheduled public service day on the second Sunday and last Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm. For this event, the conservatory invites the general public to help restore the wetlands. Tasks involve extracting trash from the marsh and dune habitats, removing invasive plants, and planting native plants in their place. This vital work contributes to maintaining the health and preservation of these often neglected coastal habitats.
The work of volunteers during public service day has already made a noticeable impact. Since beginning this conservation project, more than 200 tons of invasive plant species have been removed. In their place, volunteers have planted over 5,000 native plants to further improve the habitat.
The next public service day will be February 12th. Volunteers will meet at the conservatory’s Interpretive Center at 3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, California. It is advisable to wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing, as well as ensuring you are protected from the sun and well hydrated.
For volunteers traveling from far distances, Ayres Hotel Seal Beach less than a ten minute drive from the conservatory, making it the perfect place to spend the night.
Regardless of your volunteer experience, or knowledge of wetland habitats, partaking in Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s public service day is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and improve the quality of California’s wetlands.