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

Elisabeth has come to BTN all the way from France just to set our facilities and mapping capabilities in order!
Elisabeth LeblancFacilities Intern III

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


Keeping it Clean

Back to Natives is very concerned about the potential for introducing and spreading pathogens into our restoration sites. We always

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Frightening Fountain Grass

Local high school students say farewell to fountain grass at Halloween volunteer event. By Darrell King, BTN Communications Intern On

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Farewell to one of our Own

Back to Natives says au revoir to one of its brightest workers. Elisabeth Leblanc, 35, A French native, with a

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Biological Pollution: non-native Plants

Invasive non-native organisms are one of the greatest threats to the natural ecosystems of the U.S. and are destroying America’s

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Why Landscape with Locally Native Plants

  Promote Biodiversity In California, there are over 5,000 native plant species, more than in the central and northeastern US

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