Activities and Programs

The activities below are offered by a variety of organizations and their dedicated volunteers. All programs are FREE unless noted below. Programs led by IRC-Certified Volunteers require pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. on the day prior to the event.  No walk-up registrations will be permitted for these events. For policies of other organizations, please use the sign-up information provided. For mobility device policies click here.

Note: Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for these events. For programs requiring online registration, each adult and child must be registered.

Click here to learn more about IRC-Certified Volunteers.    •   Click here to learn more about the Difficulty Ratings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Tuesday Morning Hike on HHR leaving the staging area. 2014

Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a 3, 6, or 8 mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3.0 to 3.5 miles per hour.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3/4 activity on the land.

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 10/21/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon / Santiago Oaks

Mountain Biking
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Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers on this guided mountain bike ride along the Fremont/Blind/Weir Loop trail in the northern part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The ride adds extra miles to the typical loop in Santiago Oaks, and travels along fire roads with multiple, strenuous climbs over difficult terrain  past the coal mine in Fremont Canyon, through upper and lower Blind Canyon, and through historic Weir Canyon to Santiago Oaks.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-5 activity on the land.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon / Santiago Oaks
Date:
Wed, 10/22/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Mid Week Hike – Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
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Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Bommer Canyon. This area was historically a center for cattle operations that occurred in the San Joaquin Hills up until the late 1990s, and is now being restored to native habitat.

This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents across a variety of trail types, including some narrow singletracks, with 2200+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is done at a moderate pace, approximately 3 mph. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes. Hiking distance is 10-12 miles.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Mid Week Hike - Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 10/22/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly Stewardship program you will learn about the plants native to this region and participate in a variety of activities that change with the seasons. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, invasive plant management, native plant propagation, and much more. All of the seeds and plants we work with will be used to restore habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Work will be easy to moderate, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 10/22/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga program in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local meadow and finding unity within nature. Then we will return to our yoga mats where we will be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga, as the canyon slowly warms up to the day.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended, in addition to two towels for yoga positioning assistance. Some mornings are chilly, so dress in layers that are flexible to move in; jeans are not recommended. Remember to wear sun protection for the hike such as a hat and sunscreen.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 10/22/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity from 10 am to 4 pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation. Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle. There is a $15 day use fee.

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 10/22/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Hicks Haul Road

Join us every Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the summer, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down.

The hike is conducted at about an average of 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level.  Most participants finish the route in about 1 hour.  Because of the paved surface of the road, you may wear regular running or walking shoes.  Trail shoes are fine, but not required.  Please bring adequate water!

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 10/22/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Better Birding Basics: Birds and Habitats

Interpretive
hawks birds

Agua Chinon is a special place for our local birds. This sensitive habitat is undergoing big restoration efforts, including extra watering, which provides an abnormal amount of extra moisture for the area. Find out what which birds call this canyon and other habitats home during our bird migration season. Join a group of bird lovers welcoming back our winter birds as we look for possible late migrants visiting this sensitive habitat. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, along with sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen. Bring your binoculars, or some are available for your use.

This program is part of Better Birding Basic series. You can attend all three as a series or choose to attend one individually.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Better Birding Basics: Birds and Habitats
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Fitness Hike at Willow

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks.Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Fitness Hike at Willow
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Limestone Ride to The Sinks

Equestrian
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Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see some of the wild flowers that are native to our area.  You will also see The Sinks, a sandstone formation which is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of Orange County.”

Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse.  They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Limestone Ride to The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature.

This hike is done at your own pace as a walk, jog, or run (speed range typically 2.5 to 3.5 mph), so is suitable for beginners who are just starting their fitness program as well as more experienced hikers who are looking for a workout.

This out-and-back program travels the 3.5 mile route to scenic Loma Ridge (450′ elevation gain) and back down, with most participants completing the route in about 1.5 hours.

The hike is family-friendly, but children must be closely supervised by an adult and able to hike with the group, or be safely carried by a strong adult or secured in a jogging stroller.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Habitat Restoration in Santiago Creek – Invasive Tree Removal

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please joining Irvine Ranch Land Stewards in removing invasive plants and trees along the Silverado Creek bed at the mouth of Fremont Canyon. This particular area is important as it is new to the restoration process, so you can be part of helping and watching the land transition.

This event is perfect for anyone wanting to get involved in restoration projects. Tools, gloves, instruction, and guidance will be provided. Please note this activity requires some strenuous work, bending over, and walking along a somewhat rocky creek bed.

Habitat Restoration in Santiago Creek - Invasive Tree Removal
Date:
Fri, 10/24/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Bouncing Bats

Interpretive
Yiking!  (yoga + hiking)

As the day starts to settle into night, our daytime animals shift over to our nighttime critters.  Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammal, the bat. We will head out towards a popular roasting location to watch for our nighttime wonders start their night adventures. Please dress warmly as it may be chilly at night. A camping chair is welcome as we will enjoy an extended period of time watching the bats fly about the night.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land.

Bouncing Bats
Date:
Fri, 10/24/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – 6 mile version

Hiking & Fitness
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Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike that incorporates a little more interpretation.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak and the Cleveland National Forest along the way. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop - 6 mile version
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Long Distance Hike in the Back Country

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Trail Run to The Sinks and Box Springs

Hiking & Fitness
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Discover part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks on an easy-paced trail RUN for participants in great running shape.  Run up Agua Chinon canyon to The Sinks viewpoint, and then continue to Box Springs for an approximate total distance of  10.5 miles, and an elevation gain of 2,100 feet.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Trail Run to The Sinks and Box Springs
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Bird Walk in Limestone Canyon

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon as we observe the many species of birds found in this canyon’s diverse habitats. Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve is home to red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, white-tailed kite, scrub jay, acorn woodpecker, California towhee and many others. Discover why their home is a protected wilderness area. Remember to wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and bring your binoculars. Spare binoculars are available.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

 

Bird Walk in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly Stewardship program you will learn about the plants native to this region and participate in a variety of activities that change with the seasons. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, invasive plant management, native plant propagation, and much more. All of the seeds and plants we work with will be used to restore habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Work will be easy to moderate, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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