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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride

Equestrian
equestrian horses

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.

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride
Date:
Fri, 08/28/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 12
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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 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.

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, 08/28/2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
0 of 30
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

(Shaded) Native Nursery Workday at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Summer Stewy Montage

Still want to give back to Nature, but need a break from the blazing sun? Come work in the shade this weekend! We will be working at picnic tables in our (shaded!) Nursery area to transplant little natives into bigger pots- a great hands on activity for kids and adults alike. The baby plants you work with will later be planted in our fields to produce next year’s crop of seed!

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,

(Shaded) Native Nursery Workday at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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Monthly Beach Cleanup

Stewardship
Stewardship

Calling all litterbug busters! Join the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach the last Saturday of every month from 9:00AMto 12:00PM as we clean beaches and waterways of debris and litter to keep our ocean healthy. In an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that will be used at each cleanup, we encourage you to bring reusable buckets and gloves, though we will provide bags and gloves if needed. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear close-toed shoes, and be sure to bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle! Open to all ages, but participants under 18 years must have a parent/guardian present and sign their waiver.  Look for our blue EZ-Up tent and see you there!  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Monthly Beach Cleanup
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Marine Protected Area (MPA) Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Join the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach on a moderate 1.3 mile low-tide hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.  Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and be prepared to get a little wet!  Hikes are depended on weather and surf conditions and participants must be 13 years and older.  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Hike
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
13
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Tidepool Walk to Rocky Bight

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Rocky Bight on Saturday, August 29 at 2:30pm.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”) and meet at the Historic District Visitor Center across from the Beachcomber Café.   Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Tidepool Walk to Rocky Bight
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Crystal Cove Full Moon Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile full moon hike on Saturday, August 29 at 7pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers

Crystal Cove Full Moon Hike
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

Interpretive
Full Moon Hike, Hicks Haul Road

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

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

 

Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Full Moon Hike, Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
moon

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers as the canyon gets chilly at night and sturdy shoes. Please bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. This program is for those that are interested in experiencing the trails after sunset, taking in the night sounds and smells along the full moon’s glow!

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

 

Full Moon Hike, Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 26
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Full Moon Hike – Black Star

Interpretive
moon

Enjoy a full moon hike in Black Star Canyon on Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will travel at an easy pace, allowing time to enjoy our surrounding sights and sounds. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower paced hike, are in good health and can walk on uneven surfaces in a wilderness environment. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells along with the full moon.

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

 

Full Moon Hike - Black Star
Date:
Sat, 08/29/2015
Time:
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Mountain Biking
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If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing bike skills, this is the clinic for you.  IRC’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic covers the basics of equipment, bike setup, braking, gearing, bike handling, trail-side bike maintenance and trail etiquette. Riding techniques will be taught and practiced at the Mountain Bike Skills Development area.

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

 

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic
Date:
Sun, 08/30/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
0 of 18
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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, 08/30/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
18 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, 08/30/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Celebrate Cultures in Nature: de Leyendas del Coyote/Coyote Folkore

Interpretive
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as we celebrate different cultures together! Each month, a different culture and celebration will be highlighted, usually with the program presented in multiple languages which will allow for everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.

Coyote Folklore Family Hike/ Caminata Familiar de Leyendas del Coyote

Come enjoy an evening hike as you and your family hike a two mile paved road on Hicks Haul Road, with various stops to listen to Mexican folklore inspired by the “mischievous” coyote. As we travel at a slow pace you will get the opportunity to smell the summer evening air in the canyon, and look for sights and sounds of the coyote. The hike will average 2 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation presented both in English and in Spanish. Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.

Disfrute el atardecer con su familia en una caminata de camino pavimentado de dos millas ida y vuelta en Hicks Haul Road. Con varias paradas para escuchar leyendas inspiradas por el coyote. Mientras caminamos a paso lento tendremos la oportunidad de oler el aire de una noche de verano en el cañón y escuchar los sonidos del coyote. Este paseo está diseñado en inglés y español para que las personas disfruten de las bellezas del cañón. Por favor use ropa y zapatos cómodos y lleve su botella de agua.

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

 

Celebrate Cultures in Nature: de Leyendas del Coyote/Coyote Folkore
Date:
Sun, 08/30/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
0 of 31
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Full Moon Hike – Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
Full Moon

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Orchard Hills. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline.

The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. The effort is rewarded with a beautiful, unobstructed view to the west. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not suitable for children under 12. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, bring water and a flashlight (red tinting preferred).

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.

Full Moon Hike - Orchard Hills
Date:
Sun, 08/30/2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Monday, August 31, 2015

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

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, 08/31/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 30
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Tuesday, September 1, 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, 09/01/2015
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
21 of 30
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer.DistanceHike

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 part of the Open Space Preserve.

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.

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: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 09/02/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
13 of 15
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