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.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cardio Hike: Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Agua Chinon and Limestone Canyon trails. The hike winds through the Agua Chinon wash and into Limestone, with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and the Sinks, and on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike will travel at a very fast pace for a total of 10-12 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2200 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. 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-5 activity on the land.

Cardio Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
bobcat

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty. This program is focused for older children and adults.

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

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds 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! Absolutely no experience required.

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. Just bring a reusable water bottle for yourself,  and all tools and training with be provided.  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, 07/23/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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The Birds of Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
bird

Come join us for a moderate paced bird walk through the beautiful canyons of Fremont 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-3 activity on the land.

The Birds of Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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The Flowers and Rare Plants of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

Interpretive
Wildflowers Agua Chinon

Join us on a moderate hike to search for the spectacular flowers of the historic Irvine Ranch. This amazing landscape has been deemed biologically and geologically significant and has the honor of being a National Natural Landmark and California Natural Landmark. Our trail route has potential for some rare plants that are only seen in a very few places and, with a little luck, they may be in full bloom. Dress for the weather and bring water.

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

The Flowers and Rare Plants of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Summer is an exciting time to learn about our local nature.  Join park naturalists on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sundays, July 10 & 31, and Saturday, July 23, at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use). $15 day-use fee. For more information, click here.

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
kayaking lets go outside

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, 07/23/2016
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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Kids in Carriers Walk: Baker Meadow

Hiking & Fitness
baker meadow

Enjoy a morning stroll through the beautiful Baker Meadow with your little ones! This easy to travel trail is perfect for youngsters just starting out in the world. After enjoying a quick introduction to our native area, the group will move along a narrow trail filled with smelling sages, colorful plants and cool shade along the way. The trail is suitable for off-road strollers, carrying packs and tiny feet. Parent or guardian must register along with their child and must attend the program with their child.

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

Kids in Carriers Walk: Baker Meadow
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Family Hike: Round Canyon

Interpretive
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Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail 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 averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike.

Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of the 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: Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Scat-tastic Evidence!

Interpretive
stink bug eating scat

Come explore the fascinating world of feces! We will explore the different shape, size and coloring of scat (poop) found along the trails as we learn about the animal from the waste it leaves behind. Taking a closer look at animal scat helps us to track animals and learn about their behavior. We will explore what is scat, how it forms and what causes the different shapes for each animal. Come be a Poop Expert on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

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

Scat-tastic Evidence!
Date:
Sat, 07/23/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks

Mountain Biking
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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

Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sun, 07/24/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Birding Walk at Dilley

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks.
Spot year-round resident and spring migrating birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. 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.

Birding Walk at Dilley
Date:
Sun, 07/24/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
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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 Reef Point on Saturday, July 24, at 8:30 a.m.  A park naturalist will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Reef 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:
Sun, 07/24/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come visit the Office of Natural Resources, Recreation and Senior Services Department at the City of Newport Beach at the Back Bay Science Center (located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660) every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to experience the beauty of Upper Newport Bay while browsing a research and education facility! Explore tidepool touch tanks, observe coastal bay and estuary birds, or examine some biofacts in the Teaching Lab. No reservations are required for this free event and it is open to all ages. For any questions, please contact marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center
Date:
Sun, 07/24/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Newport Back Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
kayaking lets go outside

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Sunday. 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:
Sun, 07/24/2016
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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Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Afternoon Photo Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a backcountry wilderness tour filled with great sightseeing, photographic, and sketching opportunities. Our journey begins in the afternoon, at the foot of Santiago Dam and Irvine Lake, where you will board 4-wheel drive vehicles for an 11-to-17 mile tour of the hills surrounding Fremont Canyon.
We will stop frequently for 15-30 minutes or so to admire the views, take photos, sketch landscapes, and answer questions. From various vantage points (2,400 ft. elevation), you will view Lake Irvine, Orange County, Catalina Island (on a clear day), Los Angeles, Chino Hills and the San Bernardino Mountains.
 When not admiring the vistas, enjoy interesting rock formations, the wilderness setting, and rare Tecate Cypress. Depending on the season, fields of wildflowers will also present themselves.

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

Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Afternoon Photo Tour
Date:
Sun, 07/24/2016
Time:
4:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Tai Chi in the Hills

Hiking & Fitness
orchard hills
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Orchard Hills offers a natural setting as the perfect location for the deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves and we will then learn and practice the Yang style.
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land.
Tai Chi in the Hills
Date:
Mon, 07/25/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
13 of 20
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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, 07/25/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
12 of 30
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Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk

Hiking & Fitness
4.15.2015 Yoga in Bommer Canyon 1

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 cools down for the day. Our yoga practice will be gentle in nature, moving and flowing with ease.

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.

Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk
Date:
Mon, 07/25/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 30
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