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 Community Relations

Learn! Back to Natives offers a variety of native plant themed educational opportunities throughout the year!
Learn!something for everyone!

Available internships include Horticultural Intern (Nursery Assistant), Habitat Restoration Intern, and Communications Intern.
Internship ProgramJoin our team!


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

Why Back to Natives does not grow, sell or plant hybrids or cultivars.

At Back to Natives Restoration we use only locally native species with no hybrids or cultivars in the mix.  Cultivars

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Farewell Fountain Grass

by Cassandra Winston, ENC Communications Intern The rainy season is upon us, and the aftermath is perfect for some weed

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9th year of habitat restoration training scheduled!

Back to Natives Restoration, in a cooperative agreement with the United States Forest Service in the Cleveland National Forest, will

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Join Craig Torres for a Native Tea Workshop at the BTN Nursery!

Back to Natives is hosting a native plant tea workshop on, Saturday November 12, 10AM – 12PM. Craig Torres, a

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What Native Plant Landscaping is NOT

Sometimes native plant landscaping gets a bad rap. That is because there are those who feel that a native plant

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What I learned from Back to Natives: So many moving parts!

Interning for BTN has been a very educational experience. I have developed a knowledge of Native Plants that is more

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Giving back to those who give so much

by Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern Internship programs provide college students with the opportunity to learn new skills supplementing their

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Only YOU can Restore Habitat!

by Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern In 1924, the United States Forest Service (USFS) established the first wilderness area anywhere

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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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