Coastal Wetlander Program

Have you or your kids ever been to a State or National Park and participated in a "Junior Naturalist" type of program? A similar program is now available through Amigos de Bolsa Chica's Coastal Wetlander Activity Book. Interested adults and children can now pick up an activity book at the first Saturday of the month free public tours, last Saturday of the month Bolsa Chica cleanups, and docent-led school group tours.

Filled with fascintating information, activities, puzzles, photos and illustrations about the ecology, birds, history, endangered species and restoration of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, the Coastal Wetlander Activity Book is a joy for children and adults alike. To become a "Coast Wetlander" is a serious honor, so once the interested participant has taken a tour of the wetlands and completed as many activities as possible, had his or her work checked and the certificate at the back of the book signed by an Amigos docent, he or she will receive a beautiful Coastal Wetlander patch. Those who complete and submit a poster will see it displayed here on the Amigos' website.

Email the Amigos de Bolsa Chica with your mailing address to get ONE free Coastal Wetlander Activity Book today! LIMIT ONE BOOK PER MAILING ADDRESS. While the book itself is free, please considered making a donation to help cover the costs of printing and postage. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica relies on your generous help to continue to be able to offer these free education programs.

In the national category of "Children's Interactive," Amigos de Bolsa Chica: Coastal Wetlander Activity Book received a bronze medal in the 17th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards at a ceremony held in New York City on May 29, 2013, to recognize excellence in independent publishing. The 2013 IPBA (or IPPY) competition attracted 3,650 entries in the national categories, 1,150 regional entries and 440 e-book entries. 5,240 total entries and 382 total medals were presented in a multitude of categories. The medalists represented 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces, and eight countries overseas.

The Coastal Wetlander Activity Book was designed by Thomas Anderson and Kathryn Boyd-Batstone; edited and illustrated by Thomas Anderson; and written by Thomas Anderson, Kathryn Boyd-Batstone, Nancy Boyd-Batstone, Jerry Donohue, Lori Donohue, Dave Carlberg, Margaret Carlberg, Ross Griswold, Trude Hurd, Joana Tavares-Reager, Jennifer Robins, Jim Robins and Don Thomas. Special thanks to the Griswold Foundation for project support. Congratulations to all those involved.

Above: Ben Steinhart, left and Josh Steinhart, members of Webelos Pack 631 in Irvine who have successfully completed the Amigos de Bolsa Chica Coastal Wetlander Activity Book and have proudly earned their Patches. Left: Poster to encourage people to come to Bolsa Chica created by Ben Steinhart.
Photos by Patti Cacho-Negrete.

Above: Eleanor and Griffin King, the first children to complete the Coastal Wetlander Activity Book

Right: Eleanor's drawing for the "Create a Poster" activity depicting a Snowy Plover on its nest inside an exclosure which keeps the small birds safe from predators