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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us every Monday 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 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!

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.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Mon, 04/21/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beginners’ Fitness Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right) Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Beginners' Fitness Hike
Date:
Tue, 04/22/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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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. The road is paved and the terrain is smooth, so this is a great walk for anyone who wants a “wilderness experience” without getting dirty!

We will have two fairly steep hill ascents and descents. Along the way, you will have sweeping views of much of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. Various animals, like hawks, deer, and lizards are also frequently seen in this area.

Walkers should be confident in their ability to hike 3, 6, or 8 miles at a steady pace. Ages 16 and up. Low interpretation.

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-3/4 activity on the land.

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 04/22/2014
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, April 23, 2014

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone via Agua Chinon

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Discover one of Orange County’s most pristine and beautiful canyons on this advanced docent-led mountain bike tour of the oak woodlands and scenic vistas of Limestone Canyon and Loma Ridge. This guided ride through Limestone’s richly diverse wilderness area includes multiple advanced-level technical single-track trails, with strenuous climbs and descents over 2500 feet of accumulated elevation.

This program requires advanced physical fitness and mountain biking skills, and features only a few brief rest stops. You must have a bike with front suspension.

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-5 activity on the land.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone via Agua Chinon
Date:
Wed, 04/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Mid-Week Hike – Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
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Take a break and get some fresh air! Join us on a mid-week hike through scenic Quail Hill. This program is for those who just want to get out and hike away the stresses of the week. Enjoy the views and a little quiet time in Irvine’s beautiful Southern Preserve. Several single-track trails, steep climbs and descents are part of the experience. There is over 2700 ft. of climbing elevation accumulated along the route, but it is done with a moderate pace, approximately 3 mph. Distance is 10-12 miles. Bring plenty of water (48 oz. minimum) and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

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 - Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 04/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please join us at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly stewardship activity 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, seed processing, 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.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 04/23/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

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, 04/23/2014
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
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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!

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.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 04/23/2014
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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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination program of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike a 1-mile loop through the canyon while finding unity with nature. We will return to our yoga mats and be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga under a canopy of sycamores while the canyon slowly calms down from the day.  Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat for the natural surface. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended. Sunsets can be 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 04/23/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fitness Hike at Dilley

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 (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block; Dilley is on the right). For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person. Online reservations required:www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Fitness Hike at Dilley
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
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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Restoration Habitat – Bee Flat Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Since last winter, with the help from volunteers, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy has seeded and planted over 25 acres of native habitat in Bee Flat Canyon. Most of the seed used in Bee Flat Canyon was grown right here on the Irvine Ranch Conservancy native seed farm! Native plants are beginning to grow but aggressive weeds like black mustard threaten to overtake the new plantings. Volunteers are needed to help maintain plantings by watering and/or weeding. All tools and training, including plant identification, will be provided. There is a lot of area to cover so your assistance is greatly appreciated. Hope you can join us!

Restoration Habitat - Bee Flat Canyon
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking
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Explore one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Orange County by night on this special mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.  We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks,and  along Limestone Ridge. Please plan for a distance between up to 15 miles. Hopefully we will see some wildlife, but we certainly will have an adventure!

Trails include natural hazards such as sand, tree roots, exposed rocks, and ruts.  Expect several steep climbs on this 12-mile ride with an elevation gain of 2,600 feet.  This night ride is for experienced adult riders.  Lights required.

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.

Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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 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.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
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, April 25, 2014

Bats in the Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy an evening presentation by Orange County bat expert Stephanie Remington. Stephanie will teach about bat benefits and their declining populations. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park).

Bats in the Park
Date:
Fri, 04/25/2014
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Orchard Hills and Loma Ridge trails. The hike winds along the avocado orchards with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and, on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike ascends Loma Ridge for a total of 10+ miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2600 ft. plus). Those in very good physical shape will enjoy this cardio fitness opportunity. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, sunglasses and bring plenty of water. Hiking poles are welcome as well. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event.

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-5 activity on the land.

Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon/Santiago Wilderness Park

Hiking & Fitness
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Explore beautiful Weir Canyon and surrounding wilderness areas on this fast-paced cardio hike. 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.

Remember, this cardio hike is much faster than a walk, and features a 1,700-foot elevation change. You must be able to hike uphill at an average pace of 3.5-to-4 mph without stopping.  Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

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.

Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon/Santiago Wilderness Park
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8.5 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 a suggested 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, 04/26/2014
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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Earth Day Restoration at Quail Hill Loop

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please come celebrate Earth Day and join Irvine Ranch Conservancy land stewards to remove weeds from grassland and coastal sage scrub habitats. You may be pulling out mustard plants, and or searching for and removing thistles.We would appreciate your help in managing these invasive species so the native habitat can thrive.

Earth Day Restoration at Quail Hill Loop
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Earth Day Restoration in Santiago Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please come celebrate Earth Day and join Irvine Ranch Conservancy land stewards to remove invasive Tree Tobacco and Castor Bean and any trash we find in beautiful Santiago Canyon. These trees crowd out native trees and shrubs that support wildlife. We will be continuing successful clearing of these trees from past stewardship events further upstream and will focus on a section of Santiago Wash just east of Irvine Regional Park. We will be doing vigorous work on uneven surfaces.We would appreciate your help in restoring the land so the native habitat can thrive.

Earth Day Restoration in Santiago Canyon
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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