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, May 27, 2016

Limestone Grand Tour

Hiking & Fitness
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This scenic 12-14 mile loop hike has something for everyone – The Sinks, Box Springs, possible wildlife sightings, and sweeping vistas of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains.  The hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents on both single and double-track trails.  The activity will include a visit to the newly opened East Sinks Viewing Deck, offering a view of the “backside” of The Sinks.

This program is designed for physically fit, experienced distance hikers. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-5 activity on the land.

Limestone Grand Tour
Date:
Fri, 05/27/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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CANCELLED: Be a Steward to Santiago Creek!

Stewardship
Santiago Ck Tree Stew

Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy Land Stewards in hunting down and removing invasive woody plants like castor bean, tree tobacco and tamarisk from Santiago Creek. These plants invade stream beds and take water and space from native plants and wildlife. Volunteers have helped to restore Santiago Creek by removing most of these weeds over the last years. But we need to return every year to make sure that they don’t come back! We will be working in rocky stream beds and on uneven terrain and will use various tools to extract and treat plants. Wear sturdy shoes, sun protection and be ready for some serious searching and vigorous work, depending on how many weeds we find. Training, tools, gloves, and chaps will be provided. Activity will involve bending, stooping, kneeling, and pulling.

CANCELLED: Be a Steward to Santiago Creek!
Date:
Fri, 05/27/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Santiago Oaks Stewardship

Stewardship
Santiago Oaks_2785

Leave your park better than you found it! Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff during monthly habitat stewardship activities at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, aimed at keeping the park’s habitat healthy. This month, we will hit the trails to combat the degrading effects of hiking, biking and riding off-trail by planting easy-to-handle pads of the native prickly pear cactus. Once placed in the ground, the single pads will take root and eventually grow into large stands, providing important food and shelter for the local wildlife.

No previous experience is needed, however please note that we will be hiking at least one mile up a steep trail to reach our planting site, and then back down upon conclusion of the activity. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land. Please review both the “Hiking and Fitness” and “Stewardship and Habitat Restoration” difficulty ratings.

Santiago Oaks Stewardship
Date:
Fri, 05/27/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
5 of 6
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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 info@newportbay.org. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 05/27/2016
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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Flow Yoga in the Hills

Hiking & Fitness
yoga stretching
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, 05/27/2016
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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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.

Twilight Trek on the Mesa
Date:
Fri, 05/27/2016
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Orchard Hills and West Loma trails. The hike winds through the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and, on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike will travel at a very fast pace for a total of 10 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2600 ft. plus). Those in very good physical shape will enjoy this cardio fitness opportunity. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, sunglasses and bring plenty of water. Hiking poles are welcome as well. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event.

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

Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 20
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The Birds of Limestone Canyon

Interpretive
bird

Come join us for a moderate paced bird walk through the beautiful oak woodlands of Limestone Canyon, home to a diverse variety of bird species. We will learn about which species we are likely to see and how to identify them. This is a beginner birding program but birders of all skill levels are welcome to join us.

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

The Birds of Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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Geology Hike – Laurel Loop

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Geology Hike - Laurel Loop
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
ladies with seed

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving back to Nature?

Then 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 native Spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  You will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work!

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Local History Equestrian Ride in Agua Chinon

Equestrian
Agua Chinon – Ride to the Sinks & Box Spring Canyon

Come experience Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve from the back of a horse. You will take in morning views of the local canyons and hills of Agua Chinon. Listen to tales of the trails, where the past meets the present along the old ranch roads you’ll ride along.

You must have your own horse. Both rider and horse must be fit for 3-plus hours over moderate terrain, including hills.

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

Local History Equestrian Ride in Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 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 9:00AM to 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.

Park at the Big Canyon parking lot. (Turn right at the corner of San Joaquin Hills Road and back Bay Drive. Follow along Back Bay Drive [north] for about 0.5 mile and the parking lot will be on the left.) Look for our blue EZ-Up tent and see you there!  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Monthly Beach Cleanup
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Newport Back Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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ROOTS: Restoration Event Saturdays

Stewardship
ROOTS

Led by the California Coastal Commission in partnership with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and City of Newport Beach, join volunteers on monthly ROOTS events to participate in all aspects of the restoration process. Volunteers help remove invasive plants, and plant natives in order to provide habitat for wildlife. Training, tools, refreshments, camaraderie and beautiful scenery are all provided. All ages are welcome!

Restoration sites vary around the Back Bay. Reservations are recommended, especially during the school year when events can fill up in advance. Please contact Matt Yurko for site location and directions at myurko@coastal.ca.gov or (949) 640-0286.

ROOTS: Restoration Event Saturdays
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Newport Back Bay
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a morning 0.3 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, May 28, at 9 a.m.  A park naturalist 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. For any questions, contact info@crystalcovealliance.org.

Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
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, 05/28/2016
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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Family Hike: Agua Chinon

Interpretive
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradual climb of 500 ft elevation of  as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer.  This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.

This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced gradual climb hike. Hikers should be in good health able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening.

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

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 05/28/2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Baker Canyon

Come explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in your backyard! This scenic loop hike will involve a few steep climbs with a net gain of about 1000′ but you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the northeastern edge of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. On clear days you can even see Catalina Island and beyond Orange County into the Los Angeles Basin.

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

Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon
Date:
Sun, 05/29/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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