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Contact: Reginald Durant, Director of Restoration, Back to Natives Restoration, (949) 509-4787
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY WITH BACK TO NATIVES AT SANTIAGO CREEK NATURE RESERVE IN SANTA ANA
SANTA ANA, Calif., September 23, 2013 – Back to Natives Restoration, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity and community volunteers will restore habitat at Santiago Creek Nature Reserve in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28 from 9AM to 12PM. Volunteers will remove non-native invasive weeds from around Santiago Creek.
Volunteers will come from Holy Family Cathedral School in nearby Orange and the Cal State Long Beach chapter of Alpha Phi Omega.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. 2013 is the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the Country.
“Celebrating National Public Lands Day is a great way to kick off our volunteer events for this school year,” said Back to Natives Executive Director Reginald Durant. “BTN volunteer events are special because volunteers learn while they are having fun and helping the environment. They become aware that they can play a direct role in the health of their local natural areas. They discover that they really can make a difference.”
Volunteer events are scheduled regularly at Santiago Park Nature Reserve through the end of the 2013-14 school year, thanks to funding from REI, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo, the Orange County Community Foundation, Ralphs, and Project Learning Tree.
Back to Natives strives to involve the community in the process of ecological restoration and conservation because it believes that a little “ecological enlightenment” and a chance to “get your hands dirty” is the best way to improve relations between people and nature.
About Back to Natives
Back to Natives Restoration, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands, though education and restoration programs featuring native plants as a centralizing theme. For more information, please visit www.backtonatives.org or call 949-509-4787.