14 Days in 2014
"As a graduate of the class, I would encourage anyone who is interested in the program, or any of the BTN events, to get involved, you'll have fun, learn much about our local plant communities, make new friends, and you'll be making a difference." - Kevin Doherty
Back to Natives Restoration, in a cooperative agreement with the Cleveland National Forest, will provide hands on habitat restoration training over the course of a 7 week training program. Each training session will focus on specific aspects of the restoration process from tool and trail safety training, to native and non native plant identification, proper site entry/exit protocol as well as mechanical/physical abatement techniques to reduce soil disturbance and possible weed seed germination. Graduates of this course are certified to lead groups of volunteers in habitat restoration projects. This is a REAL CLASS. Expect weekly quizzes, homework and a final exam! Thursday classes are 6-8:30PM and Saturday classes are 9AM to 2PM.
Jan. 23 Orientation
Jan. 25 USFS Volunteer Training
Jan. 30 Site Assessment
Feb. 1 Field Lab: Site Assessment
Feb. 6 Supervising Volunteers/Herbaceous Perennials
Feb. 8 Field Lab: Supervising Volunteers/Herbaceous Perennials
Feb. 13 Shrubs & Small trees
Feb. 15 Field Lab: Shrubs & small trees
Feb. 20 Mustards, Chemical/Bio Controls
Feb. 22 Field Lab: Mustards
Feb. 27 Sub-Shrubs
Mar. 1 Field Lab: Sub-Shrubs
Mar. 6 Final Exam - written
Mar. 8 Final Exam - practical
Where: All lectures will be at the Santiago Park Nature Center in Santa Ana. Field Labs will be in the Cleveland National Forest and other locations TBA within Orange County.
Who’s invited: Anyone interested in hiking Orange County trails to identify invasive plants, remove them when possible, and report them when assistance is needed. Staff and Volunteers from all wildland agencies, organizations and non-profits are also welcome to participate, and then share the knowledge and skills gained to restore their own lands. Age requirement: 16 years and older. Individuals younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.
Tuition: $125.00* for volunteers and $350.00 for agency/organization staff (includes a tool sanitization kit and textbooks: Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands by Bossard, Randall and Hoshovsky).
Why: Ecological restoration is a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing healthy ecosystems. This program is for those interested in the restoration and conservation of Orange County wildlands. Successful habitat restoration ensures that native species are protected while non-native species are removed efficiently, and with minimal human impact to the site. This program will acquaint participants with non-chemical, low impact weed removal methods.
Registration: online (below).
* fee = $125 plus your promise to volunteer at least once a month with Back to Natives Restoration for one additional year prior to graduation! Students that register as Volunteers must volunter with BTN once per month for one additional year. Students registered as Staff are not required to volunteer to earn their certificate and will graduate immediately upon successful completion of the class and the final exam.