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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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. 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, 09/30/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mid Week Hike – Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
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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 being restored to native habitat.

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.

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 - Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 10/01/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
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Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use
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 2500 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route. Participants should be physically fit and possess above-average mountain biking skills. 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-4 activity on the land.
Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 10/01/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly Stewardship program 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, 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, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 10/01/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga program 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 warms up to 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 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.

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.

Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 10/01/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. 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, 10/01/2014
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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Extreme Cardio Hike Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Discover beautiful Limestone Canyon while doing extreme cardio on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. You must be an experienced cardio hiker in excellent physical condition to participate in this program. There are no scheduled rest stops on this eight (8) mile hike, and the four (4) mile per hour pace is extremely difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting.

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.

Extreme Cardio Hike Limestone Canyon
Date:
Wed, 10/01/2014
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Hicks Haul Road

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, 10/01/2014
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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Thursday, October 2, 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) 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, 10/02/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
15
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Morning Nature Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
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Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space into the Northern Natural Landmark region. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water.

Maximum distance is just short of 7 miles, with some sustained climbing in one section. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and all other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.

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.

Morning Nature Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Thu, 10/02/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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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 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, 10/02/2014
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, October 3, 2014

Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. Ages 8 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. Donation: $2/person.

Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara's Lake
Date:
Fri, 10/03/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Bats, Cats, & Spiders – Preschool Program

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come learn about creatures that are associated with Halloween! Class includes hands-on learning, fun, spooky crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close.
Ages: 3-4 years old ONLY.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 714-973-6846.
Program fee: $5 per child (includes ONE adult). Parking fee: $3

Bats, Cats, & Spiders - Preschool Program
Date:
Fri, 10/03/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
OC Zoo
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
3
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Autumn Bird Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Love birds, but need help with identification? Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided autumn bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) $15 day use fee.

Autumn Bird Walk
Date:
Sat, 10/04/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon

Special Events
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Trail lovers, this one is for you! Enjoy self-guided access in magnificent Limestone Canyon. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. Parking is limited, however, and carpooling is strongly encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW HOURS: 8am – 2pm

Registration is available between 8am – 11am

Wilderness Access Day - Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/04/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Special Events
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
equestrian

Equestrian Trail Riders, this one is for you! Enjoy self-guided access in magnificent Limestone Canyon. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use. Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse. Riders must also have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area.

PLEASE NOTE NEW HOURS: 8am – 2pm

Registration is open 8am – 11am

Wilderness Access Day - Limestone Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 10/04/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Interpretive
Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Join a Naturalist starting at Shellmaker Island for a walk 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, 10/04/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly Stewardship program 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, 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, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 10/04/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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