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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
OH_NatureHike

Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure as we hike to the Hangman’s Tree Monument on Loma Ridge. Hike distance is 6 miles and affords fantastic views along the way, spanning the Pacific coastline, San Gabriel peaks and the Santa Ana Mountains. Several very steep climbs and descents are part of this route. We’ll accumulate almost 1800 feet of climbing elevation along this route. Portions of the hike will take us around an avocado orchard that borders on the natural open space. Far-reaching views from the highest point reward your effort.

Please be prepared with plenty of water and closed toe sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen and all other necessary elements to keep you healthy on the trail. 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-4 activity on the land.

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills
Date:
Thu, 01/19/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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CANCELLED: Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Stewardship
Habitat Restoration at Quail Hill, Invasive Artichoke Thistle Removal

Invading weeds degrade habitat for birds and other wildlife. Help us keep wildlife healthy by weeding artichoke thistle from the Quail Hill loop in Irvine. This activity takes place on uneven terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

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

CANCELLED: Pulling Together at Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 01/19/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

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. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 01/19/2017
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Friday, January 20, 2017

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Better Birding Basics: Birding by Ear in Round Canyon

Interpretive
CoastLiveOak.RoundCanyon

Birds are often hidden from sight and yet can still be identified by their calls and songs. Knowing how to identify birds by ear is an important step in becoming a good birder. Join other birders as we search for birds by both ear and eye in the beautiful oak woodland and coastal sage scrub of Round Canyon. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, along with sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen. To confirm the identities of the birds you hear, please bring your binoculars, or some will be available for your use.

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Better Birding Basics: Birding by Ear in Round Canyon
Date:
Fri, 01/20/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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CANCELLED: Be a Friend to the Cactus Wren

Stewardship
CactusWren_Gibbs

The cactus wren need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like weeding and planting native plants can greatly improve habitat for this threatened bird and other wildlife. You can be part of this positive impact while enjoying the scenery along Mule Deer Trail in the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided. Note that this activity is held on the 3rd Friday of each month.

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

CANCELLED: Be a Friend to the Cactus Wren
Date:
Fri, 01/20/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
kids storytime

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 emailing info@newportbay.org. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 01/20/2017
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Flow Yoga in the Hills

Hiking & Fitness
yoga stretching
Join us for a refreshing one-hour of 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 enjoy this quick hour practice of 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 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.

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Flow Yoga in the Hills
Date:
Fri, 01/20/2017
Time:
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Trek on the Mesa

Interpretive
Full Moon

As the sun sets down below the horizon, the stars begin to shine high above the canyon peaks. Come enjoy the Mesa in beautiful Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park. This trek will travel around a 2.5-mile loop trail, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the canyon at dusk and at night. This program will offer time to take in and enjoy the surrounding areas as you walk along the path to explore vistas and the stars.

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Trek on the Mesa
Date:
Fri, 01/20/2017
Time:
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Canyon Explorers: Whooo Do You Hear?

Interpretive
Kelley.with.kids

After the sun has set, our nighttime critters come out to start their hunt for food. Owls are common in Bommer Canyon, soaring silently in flight as they hunt for small mice. Let’s explore the trails as we listen for their nightly calls, watch for their silent flight and enjoy the evening in the canyon.

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Canyon Explorers: Whooo Do You Hear?
Date:
Fri, 01/20/2017
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Adopt a Canyon – Agua Chinon Stewardship

Stewardship
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Are you a nature lover, hiker, gardener, or just need to get outside to refresh yourself? Does the idea of adopting a canyon across four seasons and being part of a longer term project interest you? Please come help Irvine Ranch Conservancy restore local habitat, native plants, and wildlife so they may thrive in the canyon of Agua Chinon. No experience is necessary other than a desire to explore and care for our open space. Participants may engage in plant identification, removal of invasive weeds, and planting native plants.

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Adopt a Canyon - Agua Chinon Stewardship
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
12 of 20
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
Limestone ridge

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this challenging 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, the Cleveland National Forest and the Sinks along the way.

Remember, this cardio hike is much faster than a walk, and features a 1,600-foot elevation change and up to 10 miles. Experienced cardio hikers, that can hike uphill at an average pace of 3.5-to-4 mph without stopping, are welcome.  Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon

Mountain Biking
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

Join us for a docent-led mountain bike ride through the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This moderate-paced mountain bike tour through the picturesque hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons includes a combination of ranch roads and multiple intermediate and advanced level technical single-track trails, with many steep climbs and descents. Over 2700 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route.

Please note, this program is an intermediate-to-advanced ride featuring only a few short rest stops, steep climbs and rocky descents. It requires above average fitness and mountain biking skills, and a mountain bike with a minimum of front suspension.

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
12 of 15
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks

Mountain Biking
Weir-Canyon-0009

Join us in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve and Santiago Oaks Regional Park on this docent-led mountain bike ride beneath a canopy of coastal live oaks in the historic Weir Canyon area. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and physically fit.  The rider has experience and skills, but may need to move slowly in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. Riders must have a minimum of one year of mountain bike experience. It is very strenuous with difficult terrain and intended  to be a “hike-a-bike” ride.

The ride begins at Irvine Park Lot 3 and travels alongside the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Road continuing along to the “Weir Loop” in Santiago Oaks Regional Park. On the return we will ride some hilly single track trails back into Irvine Regional Park. If you are very physically fit and in excellent cardio shape, you won’t want to miss out!

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
12 of 15
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events
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Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required for this event. The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp will be available for parking, but please take note that your vehicle must be removed from the Cattle Camp area by 2 pm.

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
144 of 200
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Keep it Wild – Laguna Coast Wilderness

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join the Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year volunteers will assist with various restoration activities.including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided.  Please wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! 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. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: Free for Keep-It-Wild volunteers!

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Big Canyon Nature Walk

Interpretive
big canyon 1

Newport Bay Conservancy naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs. These interpretive programs, which involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. If a particular theme is not stated, the naturalist will discuss items of special interest encountered by the group along the way, such as a bird in breeding plumage or a rare plant that is flowering at the time. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information, directions and to RSVP.

Big Canyon Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 01/21/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Big Canyon Nature Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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