Meet The Team

Reginald founded Back to Natives Restoration in August 2005 and has been our Executive Director growing a thriving successful organization.
Reginald I DurantExecutive Director

Lori co-founded BTN in August 2005 and has built a strong educational component into everything we do!
Lori WhalenDirector of Education

Trina has a degree in Environmental Science, and comes to us with research experience from CSULB and field experience from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Trina MingNursery Manager

BTN Board of Directors.

Back to Natives BoardFiscal 2015 Board of Directors


Why Choose US

Back to Natives Restoration is THE expert in volunteer centered habitat restoration and native plant propagation in Orange County and Southern California. We provide Workforce Development opportunities for dozens of Interns per year. Volunteers from the community have a chance to get their hands dirty while participating in service learning programs teaching them HOW and why to restore habitat and grow native plants.

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Recent Posts

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The Untold Benefits of Volunteering

by Andrew Soto, Communications Intern There is a growing body of research examining the health benefits of volunteering. A connection

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Tuesday to Tuesday in the Life of a BTN Intern

by Kerry Martin, BTN Intern After watering all the plants in the nursery on Tuesday, we were off on another landscape

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Fostering the Growth of much more than Native Plants

by Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) believes internship programs are critical for

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Saving the Earth, one Habitat at a Time

By Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern According to the latest news from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, California’s

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Taking Action with California in the Fight against Invasive Species

by Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern Back to Natives is joining the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to celebrate

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Crystal with Director of Education Lori Whalen.

My Time with Back to Natives Restoration

By Crystal Sayphraraj My name is Crystal Sayphraraj and I am a senior about to graduate California State University, Fullerton.

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Native Plant Books

Folks often ask us about our favorite native plant books. There are so many! Here is a list of a

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A woman removing a lawn at a Back to Natives lawn removal workshop.

How to Remove your Lawn

The best practice for removing lawn, in my experience, is either using a sod cutter or a flat shovel to

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Spring Garden Show Social Media

The Spring Garden Show is right around the corner!

The Spring Garden Show transforms South Coast Plaza into a gardening sanctuary, featuring inspiring display gardens created by local landscape designers.

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Native Garden Tour coming soon!

Back to Natives will be showcasing a drought tolerant native plant landscape on the 2016 California Native Plant Society Garden

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