Want to chip in during National Planting Day? Nature lovers can help care for Orange County’s opens spaces by joining a stewardship program on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Native plants are important to the natural habitat and provide food and shelter for other native species including mule deer, scrub jays, squirrels, bob cats, and a variety of insects among many others. Celebrate National Planting Day this Saturday and throughout the month by registering for a stewardship program on the Landmarks!
The first Saturday after Labor Day each September is dedicated to National Planting Day, which celebrates the critical importance of native plants and trees. This national call to action is designed to mobilize outdoor enthusiasts across the country and enhance biodiversity by rebuilding ecosystems and planting native species. There are several opportunities to volunteer on the Landmarks through stewardship programs, which welcome the community to enjoy fresh air while giving back to the lands.
Volunteers will have the chance to feel the earth beneath their fingertips at OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve on Sunday, September 10 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. during the Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area program. Seed native shrubs in small pots and learn the distinctions between native and non-native species while enjoying the great outdoors. This program will also share details on the importance of native species and how they can help slow down the spread of fire by staying greener longer which is vital in Southern California.
Nature lovers can also give back to the local lands by registering for the Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill in the City of Irvine on Tuesday, September 12 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The important work of volunteers helps native shrubs and plants thrive and flourish by planting seedlings and weeding out pesky invasive species like Russian thistle (tumbleweed).
No experience is needed, and all tools and training are provided. All programs on the Landmarks are free with required pre-registration, which closes 4 p.m. the day prior to each activity. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, and nursery programs are suited for nature lovers age 8 and older. For more information on events or to register for a program on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks click the titles above or go to LetsGoOutside.org/activities.