Introducing the Amigos de Bolsa Chica Virtual Expedition!


Welcome to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

While nothing can replace a walk in the wetlands, the Amigos can assist educators and families in need of a break from distance learning with our new Virtual Expedition of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

In response to the challenges of social distancing and sheltering at home, the Amigos de Bolsa Chica can arrange to engage children and classrooms with a Zoom talk with scientists and trained naturalists who will guide you in this fun Virtual Expedition. We will talk all about the many living things that inhabit the wetlands and the nearby Bolsa Chica State Beach. We will explore the science of birds, fish, water quality, and the history behind the conservation of this very special place. There will be videos, pictures and many fun activities to spark your curiosity and nurture your sense of wonder. The Virtual Expedition is designed for small groups of 6-12 children. If your child is interested, please invite friends!

If your children would like to have their art displayed on our website and social media sites they can send photos of the art they create in response to the Virtual Expedition and we will include it in the gallery below. We look forward to hosting them for an in-person tour of the Bolsa Chica when that becomes possible again.

Dorothy V., parent who scheduled second grade class said: "You are amazing and your work is so interesting and important!"

Email the Amigos de Bolsa Chica to sign up for your Virtual Expediton today!

If you are looking for ways to both educate and entertain young minds stuck at home, you might also be interested in the Amigos de Bolsa Chica's Coastal Wetlander Activity Book. 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 to get your free Coastal Wetlander Activity Book today!

To learn more about how the Amigos de Bolsa Chica works to protect, preserve and restore the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, watch this short film, Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

While all Amigos de Bolsa Chica education efforts are free of charge, we ask for your help by making a donation of any amount. The programs on this page are part of the our COVID-19 response and your financial support will help the Amigos de Bolsa Chica reach under served students in need of mentoring, wi-fi and other incentives for continual learning.

Virtual Field Trip Plankton by Curtis G. second grade, Monrovia

Virtual Field Trip Dolphin by Amelia V. second grade, Monrovia