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 WhalenVolunteer and GreenShirt

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

All good things…

Dear Back to Natives, I never imagined when interviewing for this position just a few short months ago that I

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Help prevent the mowing of our native plant reserve

What is about a mile from the Pacific Ocean, less than a ½ mile from San Juan Creek, and along

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What College Major do we recommend?

by Reginald Durant, Executive Director, Back to Natives Here at BTN we are asked all the time: “what College Major

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Estimating Landscape Costs

by Reginald Durant, BTN Executive Director Folks ask us all the time what it would cost to landscape their yard

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Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza

If you’ve never visited the Spring Garden Show, now is your chance! As South Coast Plaza enters their milestone year

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2017 California Native Plant Society Garden Tour

by Cassandra Winston, BTN Communications Intern It’s about that time again…On Saturday, April 8th, the California Native Plant Society is

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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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