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Bolsa Chica Land Trust

 5200 Warner Avenue, Suite 108
 Huntington Beach, CA 92649
[P] (714) 846-1001
[F] --
[email protected]
Kim Kolpin
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0516059 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust's mission is the acquisition, preservation and restoration of the entire Bolsa Chica ecosystem and the education of the public to its natural and historic significance.

Mission Statement

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust's mission is the acquisition, preservation and restoration of the entire Bolsa Chica ecosystem and the education of the public to its natural and historic significance.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $270,000.00
Projected Revenue $270,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Miracles of the Marsh
  • Bolsa Chica Stewards
  • Jr. Stewards

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Mission Statement

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust's mission is the acquisition, preservation and restoration of the entire Bolsa Chica ecosystem and the education of the public to its natural and historic significance.

Background Statement

Development along our Southern California coastline has been swift and severe. Much of our open space and natural habitats have been sacrificed and the pressures placed upon those remaining wild spaces can be intense. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has stood firm to protect, nurture and restore what is left of the Bolsa Chica. We work to protect the precious archaeology of the past peoples who lived here 9,000 years ago while looking to the future and utilizing technology to share this natural wonder with the world. BCLT is the only Land Trust at Bolsa Chica and our Board of Directors come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them commitment and skills to continually strengthen our organization and contribute to our achievements. BCLT has taken legal measures when necessary and our success there have been used to protect our coastal estuaries elsewhere in the State. BCLT was able to place the Sacred Cogged Stone site on the eligible list for the National Registry of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior. Our long standing partnership with the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has led to the development of a state of the art restoration plan for the Lower Bench of the Mesa which is currently in the permitting phase. The Board of Directors and members of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust are ever diligent in every aspect of protecting, preserving and restoring all of Bolsa Chica, and the education of the public and next generations to secure Bolsa Chica’s future.

Impact Statement

From January-June 2015 our educational program for 3rd grade students, Miracles of the Marsh, educated 2,404 students from 26 schools located in 12 surrounding cities.  49 tours were led by 23 trained docents.  The Miracles program features an in-class presentation, full color student workbooks and a docent led tour of the Reserve.  From January through December of 2015 our restoration project, the Bolsa Chica Stewards, worked with 1,148 volunteers who dedicated 3,648 hours and planted 2,740 native plants to increase native upland habitat on the Reserve.  In 2016 it is our goal to translate some of our educational and outreach materials into Spanish, Cambodian and Vietnamese to better communicate with these large ethnic populations which neighbor Bolsa Chica. We also want to increase the use of our web page as a learning tool, and continue to utilize our Eco camera. Our restoration project will continue to incorporate thousands of community volunteers of all ages and will plant over 4,000 native plants to continue to restore Southern California Coastal Prairie habitat to the Mesa portion of the Reserve. We are also working to acquire the last 11 acres of threatened open space at Bolsa Chica, the Sacred Cogged Stone Site, so as to protect and respect the unique Native American archaeology and cultural landscape, the wildlife habitat, and open space for today and for future generations.

Needs Statement

BCLT’s most pressing needs are:

1. Funding to continue and improve our educational programs  $20,000

2. Funding for purchase of restoration, native plants and tools: $36,000

3. Financial resources towards the purchase and restoration of the Sacred Cogged Stone site $1Million

4. We need more volunteer docents for our educational programs and community outreach, particularly those who are bilingual.  $priceless
5. Wetland maintenance (public trail maintenance and erosion control) $1Million

CEO Statement

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust works to protect all of Bolsa Chica, its wetlands, uplands, diverse habitats and cultural resources.  The Land Trust has been very successful in building relationships in our community and with the State to help achieve this goal.  We recognize that education is key to the preservation of Bolsa Chica and all of our wild and open spaces, and so we developed an outstanding educational program using a team of educators, and bring experts in the related fields to give free town hall seminars to the public each year.  BCLT developed and operate the only live streaming Eco camera at Bolsa Chica so that we can bring the beauty and vibrancy of our wildlife to a global audience.  Our restoration team not only restores critical habitat, but brings in volunteers from every corner of our community so that everyone has the opportunity to participate in healing our local environment.  The passion and commitment of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's Board of Directors, core volunteers, staff and supporters makes us a strong and dynamic organization which is able to address all of the issues pertaining to Bolsa Chica

Board Chair Statement

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has had many accomplishments in its past and has a very bright future. Our membership is the strong support we need to continue our meaningful programs and projects and to continue our work to save all of the Bolsa Chica. Together, we have saved some of the most valued land in Southern California for our wildlife. We continue to strive to protect archaeology older than the pyramids, restore native Coastal Prairie and grasslands for our raptors and educate thousands of school children with on-site experiences.

We do face some challenges.

We work to continually energize our membership and to make membership in our organization attractive to people of all ages and backgrounds. We are also looking to do the same with our leadership and develop a larger and more diverse Board of Directors. As our community changes, we will be there to educate and inspire people to understand and appreciate the ecological and historical significance right here at Bolsa Chica and give them a means to become involved and invested in our local environment.

Another challenge we face is funding – as state money for grants and land acquisition becomes more difficult to obtain – we are looking to find different and more innovative ways to fund our programs. Our programs are growing; more and more schools sign up for Miracles of the Marsh each year, students and teachers of all grade levels want to visit to learn more about the Reserve. Our volunteer work days have hundreds of people showing up just to water plants and pull weeds. The community wants to experience Bolsa Chica and we want to help facilitate it in meaningful and memorable ways all while protecting the wildlife and habitat.

Recently, we launched a planned giving and endowment program through OCCF.   However, funding for increased staff to make all this happen is needed now and is hard to come by. Financial support is needed to develop and purchase more educational materials so that we never have to turn away a class room of eager students. Funding for our restoration project is always needed, as every plant and shovel must be bought. In order to acquire the Sacred Cogged Stone site so that we do not lose this unique window to the ancient world, significant funds must be realized.

Bolsa Chica is known as a ‘jewel’ and has many facets. We welcome everyone to explore each one, and are deeply grateful to those who assist us in our mission to protect it all.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has many levels of membership and gladly accepts checks mailed to us at 5200 Warner Ave., Suite 108, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Membership and donations are also accepted using a credit card on line via our web site Volunteers are an essential part of our organization. On site restoration workdays are held twice each month on the first Sunday and third Saturday from 9:00AM till noon. All ages are welcome. We also are actively looking for people interested in becoming a trained docent for our educational programs and public tours. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, or for more information about making a donation or membership please contact us at (714) 846-1001 or email us at [email protected].

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Our projects and programs are open to everyone, and the majority of the participants are from Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Westminster, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Irvine and Newport Beach.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Environment - Environmental Education



Miracles of the Marsh

BCLT's Miracles of the Marsh educational program is designed to meet 3rd grade science standards.  Students are given a Student Workbook for in class use, an in class power point presentation and a 2 hour docent led tour of the Reserve.  Curriculum focuses on wetland biology, cultural and human history of the area, water quality and plant life of Bolsa Chica.  Since its inception, Miracles has educated 22,446 students from local schools and has hosted 437 tours.  BCLT currently has 25 trained docents working in this program.  The current goal of this program is to continue every school year and to expand the educational materials to incorporate new interactive technology, and to translate materials into Spanish, Cambodian and Vietnamese in order to outreach to and better educate the largest minority groups within our local communities.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Each year over 2,300 third grade students participate in the Miracles of the Marsh program.  Each student receives a full color Student Workbook, in class presentation and on-site two hour docent led tour.  Every year BCLT looks to increase the number of docents to the program so that we can increase the number of schools who we can accommodate.  
Program Long-Term Success 
The long term goal of the Miracles of the Marsh program is to educate and give a meaningful and memorable experience in nature to as many students as possible.  We aim to assist each teachers and parents in using this precious local resource to give each student a hands-on learning experience that will further their education and spark their interests and curiosity in science and our natural world.  Every time we are able to bring students out to the Reserve to show them this wonder of nature is a success. 
Program Success Monitored By  Within the teacher's packet for the program is a two paged survey that each participating teacher is asked to complete and return to BCLT with feedback as to the quality and usefulness of the program and it's materials. After each tour season these surveys are reviewed.  99% of all surveys returned give the Miracles program perfect marks in all aspects. The observations and suggestions by the docent team are discussed in annual meetings and incorporated into the program.  
Examples of Program Success 
This year 25 schools will send their third grade classes through the Miracles program.  Many of the students will write letters to us to tell us of their experience and what was most memorable to them.  Each year teacher feedback is that this program was an asset to their curriculum and student experience. Many times we will have people participate in another program we offer and mention that their children/grandchildren had participated in the Miracles program and had enjoyed it and had urged repeat visits to the Reserve.  Each year this program is at full capacity with the number of schools we can currently accommodate.  

Bolsa Chica Stewards

The Bolsa Chica Stewards, the Restoration Team of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, is currently in its 19th year.  It is a community volunteer based native plant habitat restoration program.  Working in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife the restoration is primarily on the Mesa portion of the Reserve, focusing on establishing healthy native Coastal Sage Scrub and native Coastal grassland prairie habitats.  Since 1996, the Stewards have planted more than 38,500 native plants with 17,300 volunteers who have dedicated over 54,000 hours to the program.  Led by Biologist Erin Chin, a core team of Stewards oversee the project.  Volunteer opportunities are twice monthly and college/University internships are available.
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  This program's short term success is the healing of habitat one square foot at a time.  Our success is the combination of turning damaged non-native grassland into thriving native habitat coupled with fostering a connection between our local environment and our local community through volunteerism.  Each year more habitat is restored and over a thousand people have contributed a part in that success.  
Program Long-Term Success  The Bolsa Chica Stewards have successfully established approximately 9 acres of mixed Coastal Sage Scrub and native grassland.  The goal is to continue across the 118 acre Mesa so that the native plant species becomes the dominant plant species within the program area and achieve a level of sustainability.  Diverse native plant communities are significantly more biologically productive than areas with non-native plant communities. This program's work will encourage and support healthy foraging and breeding areas for a multitude of wildlife species.
Program Success Monitored By  The Stewards program is monitored by the core team of supervisors and coordinator Erin Chin.  Specific scientific monitoring focused on the establishment and health of newly established plantings and seeded areas is ongoing.  An online survey to measure the volunteer experience has recently been implemented.
Examples of Program Success  More than 9 acres of once weed ridden, degraded land has been restored in to thriving and productive Coastal Sage Scrub and native grassland habitat and thousands of community volunteers have taken part in the process.  Each month more than 150 volunteers come out to work days, as this program is well received throughout our community.

Jr. Stewards

The Jr. Stewards was formed in 2009 by 10 year old Vanessa Bloom, daughter of one of our Stewards core team leaders.  Wanting a restoration group that addressed the needs of the children participating, Vanessa proposed the Jr. Stewards to the BCLT Board of Directors and the program was born.  Today, we have an adult coordinator, Danny Hasheminejad who is also a teacher at Paramount High School, leading the 45 registered Jr. Stewards aged 5 - 16.  The Jr. Stewards are restoring a half-acre area of the Reserve, and monitoring their progress.  The program is designed to teach the children about their local ecology, restoration and monitoring techniques, teamwork and leadership skills. The program also works to educate the children as to the 'larger picture' in how Bolsa Chica is part of a larger environment through field trips and volunteerism at other local natural areas.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  This program gets kids out on to the Reserve into the sunshine and soil where they learn about our natural environment with hands-on experiences.  This year they will have the half acre area they have been restoring completed and will expand their restoration site.  
Program Long-Term Success  We see awareness and education of the public being extraordinarily important in the ongoing protection and sustainability of our natural environment.  The Jr. Stewards program's aim is to give deep learning and memorable experiences in nature to each child who participates.  Our long-term success will be when one of the children who are in the program today, grows up and starts a program like this in the future.
Program Success Monitored By  The program coordinator reports to the Executive Director and the BCLT Board of Directors monthly.  The Jr. Stewards program also has a Board liaison, Laurel Telfer, who has an extensive career in K-12 education.  Laurel works closely with the Jr. Stewards Coordinator, Danny Hasheminejad, to make sure that the program is running smoothly and to the best of its abilities.  The Jr. Stewards also have their own Board of Directors who meet monthly to plan out their efforts at workdays and events.
Examples of Program Success  Since its beginning, the Jr. Stewards have added 30 children and their families to the program.  The group has visited Catalina Island twice to study the island's natural habitats.  The children have participated in Newport Back Bay's marine life inventory science program twice, and have hiked Laguna Canyon and Griffith Park to also observe the similarities and differences between local wildlife habitats.  They have learned leadership skills and many have taken on the roll of ambassadors for BCLT at public events.  Jr. Steward founder Vanessa Bloom is now 16 and is currently authoring an educational brochure about the watershed at Bolsa Chica which will be made available to the visiting public.


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kimberly Kolpin
CEO Term Start Oct 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Flossie Horgan Feb 2007 Oct 2012
Mr. Marc Stirdivant Mar 2005 Jan 2007

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Starr Real Estate
Board Chair Term Feb 2015 - Nov 2016
Board Co-Chair Mr. Dan Kalmick
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Flashlight Technologies
Board Co-Chair Term Feb 2015 - Nov 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. James Anderson Retired Voting
Mrs. Roberta Armstrong Retired Voting
Mr. Roger Bloom Media consultant Voting
Dr. Gerald Chapman Private Practice Voting
Dr. John Doyle California State University, Fullerton Voting
Mr. David Hamilton Retired Voting
Ms. Mikel Hogan California State University, Fullerton Voting
Mrs. Marinka Horack Retired Voting
Mrs. Flossie Horgan Retired Voting
Mr. Mike McMahan Retired Voting
Ms. Karen Merickel Retired Voting
Mr. Jayson Ruth Huntington Beach High School faculty Voting
Mr. Marc Stirdivant City of Glendale Voting
Ms. Laurel Telfer Educational Consultant Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 60
Male: 40
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Nominating
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
  • Volunteer


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $270,000.00
Projected Expenses $270,000.00
Form 990s

2014 BCLT 2014 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $510,951 $334,319 $258,768
Total Expenses $247,054 $261,110 $207,183

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$508,946 $311,518 $255,736
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $307 $990 $2,180
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,698 $656 $852
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- $21,155 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $196,447 $214,103 $171,816
Administration Expense $20,111 $21,521 $13,703
Fundraising Expense $30,496 $25,486 $21,664
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.07 1.28 1.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 82% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 8% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $706,138 $442,151 $368,942
Current Assets $581,088 $442,151 $368,942
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $82 -- $0
Total Net Assets $706,056 $442,151 $368,942

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7,086.44 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $135,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose The Bolsa Chica Land Trust is anticipating launching a capital campaign within the next 3 years for funding for land acquisition and restoration of the Sacred Cogged Stone site and for the 10 year habitat restoration project of the Lower Bench of the Bolsa Chica Mesa.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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