Amigos de Bolsa Chica

Amigos de Bolsa Chica is a non-profit volunteer organization formed in 1976 by a group of Huntington Beach residents to protect the Bolsa Chica wetlands from development. Located in Huntington Beach in northwest Orange County, the Bolsa Chica wetlands had once been part of many thousands of acres of coastal wetland that had been filled for urban development in the 20th Century. Concerned about the statewide loss of wetlands, the mission of the Amigos de Bolsa Chica is to protect, preserve and acquire the Bolsa Chica and surrounding open space and to provide education about the importance of wetlands. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica achieved major reductions to the development plans and spearheaded an effort that resulted in the state's acquisition in 1997 of 880 acres of wetlands. The public now owns over 1300 acres of wetland/lowland. A large portion of a major lowland restoration project was completed in 2006. Biodiversity increased almost immediately. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica provides education about this unique ecosystem through private and public wetland tours for schools, scouts, other organizations and members of public led by extensively trained Naturalists. Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s FLOW Program (Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands) creates a unique hands-on learning opportunity for students to experience a coastal wetland ecosystem through its most fundamental elements, water quality and Phytoplankton. By offering bus transportation scholarships to Title 1 schools and underserved, multicultural students from Huntington Beach and surrounding communities, the Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s education programs expose as diverse an audience as possible to many environmental issues facing the planet through the microcosm of the coastal wetland ecosystem.

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Service Area: Regional/Multi-County

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P.O. Box 1563
Huntington Beach CA 92647

Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s FLOW (Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands) Program is a unique hands-on learning o…

Themes
Climate Change, Conservation (Wildlife/Habitat), Outdoor Learning, STEM, Water
Offerings
Classroom volunteers/presenters
Curriculum & instructional materials
Field trips
Internships
Audiences
2nd Grade Students / Youth
3rd Grade Students / Youth
4th Grade Students / Youth
5th Grade Students / Youth
6th Grade Students / Youthmore...
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