Aliso\Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Ronald W Caspers Wilderness Park
Chino Hills State Park
Cleveland National Forest
Crystal Cove State Park
Dana Point Youth\Group Facility
Doheny State Beach
Environmental Nature Center
The Nature Conservancy
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Irvine Regional Park
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center
O'Neill Regional Park
Orange County Zoo
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
San Clemente State Beach
San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Santiago Park
Shipley Nature Center
Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Transportation Corridor Agencies
Upper Newport Bay
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park


Orange County Wild (OCW) is a coalition of Orange County wilderness land managers and stewards, including state, county and city park systems, and public conservancy groups devoted to educating the public about the importance of preserving, protecting, enhancing wildland resources including forest, park and reserve resources, from the mountains to the Pacific. The organization provides a forum for discussion of wilderness management and public education issues, advocates acquisition of open space for preservation, and seeks sponsorships in support of programs and services.




There is a world of wildlife right here in Orange County. Hawks, bobcats, owls, badger, mule deer, horned lizard, California quail, king snake, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, slender salamander, arroyo toad and Pacific tree frog are among the multitude of species sharing our open space.

California has a remarkable range of climates and landforms--from high glaciers to cool wet coastal forests and dry hot deserts. The topograhical diversity created habitats for our 5,000 native plant species, more than in the central and northeastern US and Canada combined. Many of these plants grow only in California, and provided food, medicine and tools for native Americans and early European settlers.

Besides plants, we also have 1,000 native vertebrates (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish). Dozens of these are found only in California. Don't think all these species live in Northern California; Southern California is one of a handful of 'hotspots' of biodiversity worldwide.

Orange County is the second most biologically diverse county in California, and at the same time one of the smallest and most densely populated! As of 1998 Orange County already had Southern California's highest population density, with more than 3,400 residents per square mile, 46% higher than Los Angeles County, 418% greater than San Diego County and 770% above Ventura County!

The remaining wildlands in Orange County are all the more precious for their scarcity. Many people who have never walked in the wild back country nevertheless feel passionate about the views they enjoy just driving through the open and rolling hills. No matter how you encounter it, the natural landscape imparts a sense of peace and freedom.

We invite you, your family and friends to a wonderful guided walk in any of the many wildlands in Orange County.


Mission Statement

The purpose of Orange County Wild is to proactively develop and implement a cohesive strategy to preserve, protect, and enhance our wildland forest, park, and reserve resources, from the mountains to the Pacific.

Orange County Wild is a coalition of wildlands land managers including:

* California Department of Fish and Game
* California State Parks
* City of Anaheim
* City of Huntington Beach
* City of Irvine
* Cleveland National Forest, USFS
* Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.
* The Nature Conservancy
* Orange County Harbors, Beaches, and Parks
* Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy
* Starr Ranch Sanctuary (National Audubon Society)