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


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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A beautiful, mature native plant landscape by Back to Natives.

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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Andrew Soto

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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restoration training

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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Landscape Maintenance

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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Trina and Reginald with the bobcat

Fostering the Growth of much more than Native Plants

by Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) believes internship programs are critical for

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Centaurea solstitialis

Saving the Earth, one Habitat at a Time

By Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern According to the latest news from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, California’s

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Fountain Grass

Taking Action with California in the Fight against Invasive Species

by Andrew Soto, BTN Communications Intern Back to Natives is joining the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to celebrate

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