You Can Help Steward Banning Ranch

As the land purchase closing approaches, there are more ways than ever to help get the word out.

Tribal Acknowledgement

Banning Ranch is located on part of the ancient homeland and traditional territory of the Acjachemen (Juaneño) and Tongva (Gabrieliño) people. While the Banning Ranch Conservancy is focused on conservation, restoration, and public access, we pay respect to these Native Nations past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the regional diaspora.

Welcome To The Banning Ranch Conservancy

Banning Ranch is located along the Santa Ana River where it meets the ocean.

Banning Ranch is located along the Santa Ana River where it meets the ocean.

Banning Ranch is a 401-acre area of wetlands and coastal bluffs in West Newport Beach where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean.  It is the last large parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Southern California, and is the central element of the proposed Orange Coast River Park, which, when realized, will achieve a significant linkage of open spaces and wetlands.  Banning Ranch supports a mix of coastal wetland, riparian woodland, coastal bluff sagescrub, shortgrass grassland, and vernal pool communities that are without parallel anywhere in Orange County.

At least six wildlife species listed as threatened or endangered have been documented on Banning Ranch: San Diego Fairy Shrimp, Light-footed Clapper Rail, American Peregrine Falcon, Least Bell’s Vireo, California Gnatcatcher and Belding’s Savannah Sparrow. In an era where nearly all remaining privately owned open space in Orange County is being developed, Banning Ranch is truly a gem and deserving of being called “Nature’s last stand.”

Banning Ranch News

Wildlife Conservation Board
Approves Final Acquisition Funding

The Trust for Public Land’s application for funding from the Wildlife Conservation Board was approved on Thursday, May 26th. With this grant award of up to $15.5M, all of the acquisition funding for the preservation of Banning Ranch has been secured.


BRC Announces Final Funding

In an electronic newsletter to its thousands of supporters and donors, the Banning Ranch Conservancy announces the unanimous award of up to $15.5M by the Wildlife Conservation Board for the preservation of 384 acres of Banning Ranch. This brings the acquisition closer to close of escrow, which is anticipated to occur over the summer.


Support the Conservancy’s
Fish Fry Booth

Help BRC by donating gift cards to Instacart, Smart & Final, Ralph’s, Stater Bros., Vons, CostCo, or Boxed that allow our team to purchase specific sodas for sale at the June Fish Fry. Email them to us. Additionally, donate Coke, Diet Coke, A&W, Sprite, or Fanta Orange to BRC (receipts are required, contact us for delivery options). Alternatively use the Amazon Wish List to place an order and have it delivered to BRC.




Wildlife Conservation Board Fully Funds Acquisition

View the joint press release issued by The Trust for Public Land and the Banning Ranch Conservancy announcing the Banning Ranch acquisition is fully funded. View the Press Release >>


Volunteers Needed for Annual Fish Fry

The famous Fish Fry held in Costa Mesa’s Lions Park is scheduled for the first weekend in June. The dates are: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 3, 4, and 5 (times included in the survey). The good news is that Banning Ranch Conservancy will be participating in this fun event.

Although our famous roasted corn has become a staple over the years, this year we are taking a break from the fire pit. We will instead be selling soft drinks (this should be considerably easier). If you would like to volunteer for a shift or two, fill out the survey to help us uNderstand when you are available.