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.

Need help? For the fastest answers, look for organization-specific contact information in each event listing (click More Information for full listing). If no contact information is listed, email info@irconservancy.org for assistance.

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

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wild Tales

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WT pic hike

In partnership with OC Parks, join Newport Bay Conservancy for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a short nature walk, and arts and crafts. $5/child, pre-registration is required by calling 949-923-2269 or info@newportbay.org. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 09/30/2016
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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Meditating in Nature

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Relax in nature this summer with park staff and volunteers. Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/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.

Meditating in Nature
Date:
Fri, 09/30/2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Bouncing Bats in Limestone Canyon

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 roosting 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.

This program is ideal to visually observe the bats in flight, though bat detectors are available to listen for their high-frequency calls as well.

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 in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 09/30/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Flow Yoga in the Hills

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga in Orchard Hills. This vinyasa-style yoga practice will have you continuously moving and flowing through different poses which will help keep you energized and your heart rate up. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local canyons 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.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended. Some evenings 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.

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

Flow Yoga in the Hills
Date:
Fri, 09/30/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont-to-Tecate Cypress

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging and fast-paced early morning cardio hike in Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve. We will be hiking in one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with a views of rocky outcrops, coastal sage and chaparral landscapes. This is an advanced up to 10 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5 hours and includes up to 2000′ foot elevation change.  Trails have no shade and this hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.

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

Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont-to-Tecate Cypress
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 15
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Distance Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
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The title says it all. This is your chance to venture deep in the Irvine backcountry. Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure. Hike distance is up to 14 miles and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are numerous. Over 2800 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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

Distance Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
15 of 20
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon Ranger Reserve Support

Special Events
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Come out and assist OC Park Rangers assigned to the Irvine Ranch Open Space (IROS) during this monthly special access event. The event takes place in Limestone Canyon among beautiful oak woodlands and rolling hills, with spectacular views of Orange County that only few get to see. Job duties include event set up, traffic control, visitor service/check in, post assignments, and trail patrol. Must be a current Ranger Reserve with OC Parks to sign up. No past area experience is needed, but welcomed.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon Ranger Reserve Support
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
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Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day

Stewardship
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Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Join us at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plan containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Online reservations required are: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call 949-497-8324.

Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Special Events
Limestone canyon trail users

Please note: Pre-Registration is now required due to limited parking capacity.

Start your weekend off by exploring the endless opportunities found throughout magnificent Limestone Canyon. Designated trails will be open for self-guided trail use in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging from easy one-hour walks to strenuous 15-mile cardio treks. Whether traveling by feet, hooves or wheels, Wilderness Access Day in Limestone Canyon is a treasure waiting to be discovered by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers alike.

Visitors to Limestone Canyon during Wilderness Access Day are able to visit to the newly opened East Sinks Viewing Deck, offering a view of the “backside” of The Sinks.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
177 of 450
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
limestone equestrian horses

Please note: Pre-Registration is now required due to limited parking capacity.

Come experience Limestone Canyon’s beauty from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided access hiking, biking, and equestrian use during Wilderness Access Day in Limestone Canyon. Equestrian riders who have trail riding experience with a fit and able horse will enjoy the historic ranch roads of days gone by. Take in the awe-inspiring vistas from the mighty ridge tops and drink in the cool canyon shade through the oak grove.

There is limited space for equestrian parking, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Riders must also have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area. It is a “first come, first serve” for trailer parking and therefore pre-registration is required. Major crowds are typically present at the very start of the event.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
2 of 5
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Exploring Limestone Canyon: The Sinks

Interpretive
The Sinks, Limestone Canyon

Join us on a moderate-paced hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon Canyon Nature Preserve. This month we will have a guided walk that is a 9-mile distance, and 800′ elevation gain, round-trip hike to introduce you to The Sinks, an iconic geological formation often compared to a mini-Grand Canyon for Orange County. Chat with your naturalist as you enjoy this out-and-back  trail as it meanders through the bottom of the oak woodland canyon, taking in the sights of hugging canyon walls, soaring hawks and possible hidden deer.

After our trek, you are welcome to enjoy the trails during Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon.

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

 

Exploring Limestone Canyon: The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

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bbd walk

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists lead a walk starting at the entrance to Shellmaker Island along Back Bay Drive. There are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl, and other birds while learning about this important estuary. Please call 949 923-2269 for reservations — which are encouraged — and directions. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them.

Back Bay Drive Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
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Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Led by Sea and Sage Audubon in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, Wildlife Walks is a free monthly nature walk for all ages at the beautiful San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring your whole family to celebrate autumn as you walk around the butterfly garden, deep ponds, and shallow ponds of the 300-acre freshwater San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Witness first-hand the interactions between plants and animals as you explore with all your senses under the guidance of our experienced naturalists. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water and sun protection for a walk around water. Come prepared to touch, smell, and hear nature throughout the seasons! Please go to www.seaandsageaudubon.org for further information, or speak with the Audubon House volunteer at 949-261-7963. There is no registration required.

Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
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The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Saturday. This is one of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay by getting out on the water. Kayaking in the Newport Beach Back Bay is fun and easy. Tours leaves from the Newport Aquatic Center at 10:00 am. They are great for both novices and experiences paddlers alike.

Kayak Tour
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Explore the Bay – Family Hike

Interpretive
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In partnership with OC Parks, join Newport Bay Conservancy for an easy hike for all ages. Families will learn about the Bay and the trails around it. The hike will start on the patio and will last only an hour — dependent on weather — and will be on both paved and dirt trails. No formal program, as it’s a great introduction to the Bay and a Naturalist will talk about whatever you discover along the way. RSVP by calling 949-923-2269 or emailing info@newportbay.org.

Explore the Bay - Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 10/01/2016
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
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