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Community Engagement and Education

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IRC 2023 Annual Report: Community Engagement and Education
IRC partners with landowners and other organizations to engage local communities around nature and help them form their own personal connections.

IRC partners with landowners and other organizations to engage local communities around nature and help them form their own personal connections.

The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and other Orange County wildlands are extra special because of their proximity to dense urban areas. With more than 3 million people living within 30 minutes of these lands, opportunities for visitation, learning, and stewardship are countless. IRC partners with landowners and other organizations to engage local communities around nature and help them form their own personal connections.

For example, IRC works with the non-profit Delhi Center in Santa Ana to encourage the next generation of nature stewards. In 2023, IRC helped build a native plant nursery at the Center to educate local youth about native plants and wildlife in their own backyard. Plants grown at the nursery will contribute to habitat enhancement projects on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, the Delhi Center, and hopefully in the broader Santa Ana community.

 

In 2023:

  • Offered more than 1,740 public activities with nearly 18,000 participants.
  • Partnered with the Delhi Center in Santa Ana to build a native plant nursery at the Center.

 

Check out the full 2023 Annual Report here.