Amigos de Bolsa Chica (Huntington Beach, CA)


  • Name:Mrs. Jennifer Robins
  • Title:Office Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Amigos de Bolsa Chica
  • Address:P.O. Box 1563
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:714 840-1575
  • Main fax:714 840-1575

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:714 840-1575

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  • Mission:
  • It is the mission of the Amigos de Bolsa Chica to advocate the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the Bolsa Chica wetlands; to encourage the public acquisition of all the wetlands and sufficient surrounding open space to create a viable ecosystem; and to provide education about the importance of wetlands.

  • Overview:
  • The Amigos de Bolsa Chica has been providing guided tours of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve by trained docents for thousands of school children and adults since its inception in 1976. Informative tours have been a major key to the success of our efforts to educate the community in order to preserve the resource. We have also developed an indoor classroom program in conjunction with Bolsa Chica State Beach, and we provide off-site presentations for schools and organizations. In addition to our education efforts, we are also involved in many aspects of the maintenance of the Reserve, from regular meetings with the Reserve managers to trash pickups and portable toilet rentals to the design and funding of interpretive signs and informational bulletin boards.

    The Amigos educational activities reach an average of 2800 students and adults per year. We provide an annual, 6-week docent training course for volunteers who are interested in leading tours of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. This unique coursework focuses on the birds, ecology, endangered species, history and restoration of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

    The Amigos’ newest education program, Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands (FLOW), centers on the basis of aquatic food web, phytoplankton. Citizen Scientist volunteers are trained to collect water samples from the wetlands, evaluate the water quality and phytoplankton content, and send samples to the California Department of Public Health. Twice a month, a science class (from middle and high schools and community colleges) participates in the microscopy and water quality analysis to learn about the relationship between the wetlands and the ocean. In order to provide an indoor classroom experience for the FLOW program, the Amigos have partnered with the Bolsa Chica State Beach to assist in the education programs conducted at the state beach visitor center.

    The Amigos also provide off-site illustrated programs about any of the information in our tours and FLOW program to schools, colleges and private organizations throughout the region.

    In addition to our education programs and maintenance efforts, the Amigos published a 700 page oral history of the Bolsa Chica in partnership with the Oral History Program of California State University, Fullerton in 1998. In 2007, the Amigos conducted a 2-day conference, “Bolsa Chica: The Work Isn’t Finished”, in partnership with the Bolsa Chica Land Trust to raise awareness for ongoing education and maintenance needs after the completion of the restoration project. In 2009, the Amigos de Bolsa Chica published “Bolsa Chica, Its History from Prehistoric Times to the Present” written by Dr. David Carlberg. In 2013, the Amigos won a bronze medal from the Independent Book Publishers Association in the Children’s Interactivity category for its “Coastal Wetlander Activity Book”.

  • History:
  • Once part of a 165,000 acre Spanish land grant, the Bolsa Chica presently consists of approximately 1550 acres of undeveloped coastal wetland and adjacent upland areas. Native Americans once lived on the upland mesas, gathering shellfish and other edibles from the wetlands. In 1900, the tidal nature of the wetland was essentially destroyed when the natural ocean inlet to the wetland was closed to improve duck hunting. Since then, the area has been used for agriculture, cattle grazing, military coastal artillery emplacements and oil production.

    In 1973, as part of a controversial land swap, the State of California acquired approximately 300 acres of wetlands adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway. A portion of this was restored by the state in 1979 to become the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. The remaining acreage was retained in private hands. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica is a 501(c)3 foundation that was formed in 1976 by a small group of Huntington Beach citizens who were concerned about the loss of a rare and valuable piece of open space, the Bolsa Chica wetland. Plans for extensive marina and commercial/residential development already had been announced when the Amigos pledged to protect, preserve and acquire the Bolsa Chica and surrounding open space. In 1989, through the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Amigos de Bolsa Chica, major reductions in development plans for the area were achieved.

    The Amigos are proud of their accomplishments since the organization's formation in 1976. Past accomplishments and activities include: (1) preventing the construction of a massive marina and commercial/residential development at Bolsa Chica through persistent litigation and lobbying efforts; (2) sponsoring technical workshops for Federal, State and local officials on the value of wetlands; (3) sponsoring general information meetings to keep the public up to date on acquisitions and restoration in the Bolsa Chica; (4) developing and maintaining close relationships with elected representatives at the local, state and federal level; (5) attending and often speaking before all hearings of Coastal Commission that involved the Bolsa Chica; (6) speaking before city and county planning commissions and city council and county board of supervisors on matters that affect the Bolsa Chica; (7) testifying at legislative committee hearings in Sacramento regarding coastal protection, wetlands and wildlife legislation; (8) monitoring plans for nearby development that would impact on the Bolsa Chica wetlands and providing written and oral comments to permitting agencies; (9) sponsoring a major letter writing campaign in support of the State Lands Commission's acquisition of 880 acres of Bolsa Chica wetlands in 1997; and (10) providing written and oral comments to state and federal agencies regarding the design and implementation of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands restoration plans.

    The Amigos de Bolsa Chica is closely monitoring the wetland restoration project and future wetland management. The $110 million Bolsa Chica lowland restoration project, financed almost entirely by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as part of the mitigation for their expansion, opened to much fanfare from the press and public on August 24, 2006.

  • Year established:1976
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:33-0752003

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:330752003
  • Organization Name:AMIGOS DE BOLSA CHICA
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  • Organization Address:5461 MEADOWLARK DR
  • Organization City:HUNTINGTN BCH
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:92649-2641
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1997
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C30
  • Asset Amount:$162,315
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$43,835
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$43,463
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:42:35 am

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