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-speccific 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.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Special Events
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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.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
91 of 300
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
limestone equestrian horses

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.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
3 of 5
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join an exploratory hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon. This month on the guided walk, we will offer hike through nature by enjoying Shoestring Single Track Trail. Discover the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, its history and nature along this refreshing 2-mile hike.

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

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Summer Stewy Montage

Want to smell the sun-dried sweetness of summertime? Want to feel the crunch of crispy golden brown pods?  Come and refresh your senses while giving back to Nature!

Sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine!  You will be harvesting seeds from our quirky native Summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushions and Heart-leaved Beard Tongue. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  After a quick ride to the Farm-site in an open-air safari vehicle,

Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 13
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Family Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve, we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). Online reservations required: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-hike-laguna-coast-wilderness-park-tickets-17551245247?aff=eac2. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Tidepool walk to Pelican Point

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, August 1 at 4pm.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)  $15 day-use fee

Tidepool walk to Pelican Point
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Buck Gully Reserve Upper Loop Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
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Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully, for the first mile and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail.

PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. If you are susceptible to poison oak, please plan accordingly.

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

 

Buck Gully Reserve Upper Loop Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 08/01/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon

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

We start our ride on the paved Hicks Haul Road, the extension of Jeffrey Rd north of Portola Pkwy. As we warm up on the climb to the top of the road, we enjoy increasingly beautiful views over Irvine. We then follow Loma Ridge to the East, with fantastic vistas of Orange County, the surrounding wildlands, and even Catalina Island on clear days. From Loma Ridge we fly down into Limestone Canyon and then visit the Sinks, Orange County’s own mini “Grand Canyon.”

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

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 08/02/2015
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 20
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
zumba fitness workout

Are you ready to try a new exercise that is fun and energetic while enjoying the great outdoors? Come dance to the fantastic aerobic workout, ZUMBA!! Join us as we take on a variety of Latin flavor moves through dancing the Salsa, Maringa, Flamenco and more! Different dance routines feature interval moves from fast to slow rhythms, adding in resistance training to tone and sculpt your body while burning calories. You don’t need to be a professional dancer, just have the drive to try! It’s high energy, it’s zesty…it’s ZUMBA!

Please wear comfortable workout clothes, closed toed shoes, bring plenty of water, and be ready to move! You are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or towel to lay on at the end of our zumba instruction for our cool down period. We incorporate appropriate stretches, core strengthening and overall toning to help wake up and stretch all of our muscles at the end of the program. Also, bring 1 – 2 pound weights for zumba toning.

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

 

Zumba
Date:
Sun, 08/02/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
16 of 25
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come visit the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach at the Back Bay Science Center every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to experience the beauty of Upper Newport Bay while touring a research and education facility! Explore tidepool touch tanks, observe coastal bay and estuary birds, or examine some biofacts in the Teaching Lab. Open to all ages.  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center
Date:
Sun, 08/02/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs.  This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge.  Junior Rangers meets on Monday mornings 8/3, 10, 17, & 24 from 10-11am.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)    Come for the program, stay for the day$15 day-use parking fee

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Mon, 08/03/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
More Information  

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!

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:
Mon, 08/03/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
7 of 30
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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, 08/04/2015
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
20 of 30
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Orchard Hills and Loma Ridge. We’ll hike through a working avocado grove and up to Loma Ridge, providing spectacular views of all of Orange County.

This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, including 2600+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is done at a moderate pace of approximately 3 mph. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes. Hiking distance is 10-12 miles.

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

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Wed, 08/05/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
7 of 15
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Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Summer Stewy Montage

Want to smell the sun-dried sweetness of summertime? Want to feel the crunch of crispy golden brown pods?  Come and refresh your senses while giving back to Nature!

Sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine!  You will be harvesting seeds from our quirky native Summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushions and Heart-leaved Beard Tongue. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  After a quick ride to the Farm-site in an open-air safari vehicle,

Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 08/05/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
5 of 10
More Information  

Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays August 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to water color try your hand at a traditional craft, enjoy a historic radio show, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park.  Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility.  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  $15 day use fee

Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Wed, 08/05/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
More Information  

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Hicks Haul Rd.

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, 08/05/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 of 30
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Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen

Hiking & Fitness
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Come end your day with a quiet walk through the calming canyons on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will watch for soaring red-tailed hawks, listen to birds quietly sing, and inhale the fragrance of fresh sage. Shed away the day’s repetitions and join us as we take a “slow walk” into Baker Canyon, mindful of all that is happening around us. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and be prepared for the canyon’s cooler evening temperatures by wearing warm layers. Take in the tranquil evening as we quietly walk along the trails.

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

 

Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen
Date:
Wed, 08/05/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
0 of 20
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga 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 calms down from 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 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 08/05/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
0 of 30
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