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Reginald Durant, Executive Director ♦ Contact me.

Reginald5Reginald Durant founded Back to Natives in 2005. He acquired his C-27 Contractor’s license on behalf of BTN in 2011 to design and install native landscapes – an endeavor that raises funds for BTN’s habitat restoration, service learning and environmental education programs. In 2011 Reginald also led the effort to establish the Back to Natives Nursery at Santiago Park. This 20,000 sq ft nursery has begun to provide BTN with plants for current restoration and landscape projects.

Reginald was the chief landscape designer for the “Costa Mesa Green Home,”  certified ‘Platinum’ by the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes Program. Reginald also provided the landscape design for “Project 319,” Living Green Homes’ first single-family residential development, one of the first of its kind in Orange County to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation.  Reginald was a guest designer and guest speaker at the Los Angeles Garden Show. Since 2010 he’s also been a guest designer and guest speaker at the Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza.

As the Grounds Coordinator at the Environmental Nature Center, Reginald developed the Orange County Native Butterfly House. Reginald also coordinated with the County of Orange, the Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish and Game to develop the Butterfly Habitat at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Reginald founded the Land Steward Peer Network – a peer network for restoration ecology professionals – which includes members from County, State, Federal and non-profit organizations and agencies within and surrounding Orange County.

Reginald Durant has a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and he has completed classes in Ecological Restoration from Saddleback College.