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 MingNative Plant 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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Spectacular Service Learning Program!

Back to Natives has a highly successful service learning program, which includes numerous internship opportunities to help students prepare for

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A student learning how to use a weed wrench, which is used to remove larger invasive plants like Scotch Broom. Photo by Mark Bowler

Learning to Lead

Back to Natives and USFS offer hands-on training courses in Habitat Restoration and Volunteer Management Successful habitat restoration program provides

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“My internship with Back to Native was so WONDERFUL and I love talking about it. The creative freedom you gave me was very empowering (and quite frankly spoiled me a little, LOL).”

- Kari Dahlgren, Communications Intern

Back to Natives is Seeking Interns!

Back to Natives is seeking quality individuals to serve as Interns. Available internships include Horticultural Intern(Nursery Assistant), Landscape Design Intern,

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What I Learned from Back to Natives

My time as the communications intern for Back to Natives was well spent. It gave me insight in things I

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BTN Receives Donation of Land!

Back to Natives just received a donation of land! The 2.5 acres of land along Del Obispo Drive in Dana

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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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