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.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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 (Difficulty Rating between 3 and 4). 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.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Do you enjoy looking at the Red Rock cliffs in Black Star Canyon? Have you wondered how they look like from other perspectives and with different landscape backdrops? Have you wished that you could experience their beauty when they are fully lit by the early morning light at sunrise? Join us on our hike along the new SilMod trail. As we climb above the open reparation landscape of the staging area, the unusual Red Cliffs are exposed with mountains as the backdrop. Further up the trail, never seen views of the red cliffs, Irvine Lake, Limestone and Black Star Canyons appear. In the other direction from the trail, catch the Sun breaking over the Santa Ana Mountains. The program is designed so to admire the views, take photos and sketch landscapes. Depending on the season, fields of wildflowers will also present themselves. Bring your camera equipment, sketchpads and plenty of water. The trail is well maintained; however wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over irregular surfaces.
Take a break and get some fresh air! Join us on a mid week hike through Quail Hill. This program is for those that just want to get out and hike the stresses of the week away. Enjoy the views and a little quiet time in Irvine’s beautiful Southern Preserve. Several singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are part of the experience, over 2700 ft. of climbing elevation accumulated along the route, but it is done with a moderate pace, approx. 3 mph.
Distance is 10-12 miles. Bring plenty of water (48 oz. minimum) and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. All participants must carry their own water! Please come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for the half-day of being out in the wilderness area. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event!
Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Program may be cancelled or shortened due to adverse weather conditions.
Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy to help restore habitat in Big Canyon! Participants will engage in a range of activities from collecting and sowing seed, planting native plant, and removing weeds. Participants will also enjoy off-trail access and a healthy workout–all while helping improve their native community! Training, tools, gloves, and chaps will be provided to help protect you from potential encounters with poison oak, bees, and rattlesnakes. Event held the second Wednesday of each month.
After many years of preparation and planting, come join us to do simple weeding within our West Loma restoration habitats. This weeding maintenance is required to ensure the new native plants thrive. There is a lot of area to cover, so your assistance is greatly appreciated!
Please join us in activities such as harvesting, processing seeds, and maintaining our native plant seed farm at Orchard Hills. The seeds and plants you will be working with were grown on the farm last year, and these new plants will be used to restore habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in 2014. Work will be easy to moderate, some simple weeding maybe included.
We look forward to your support in helping Irvine Ranch Conservancy restore our beautiful California wilderness. We recommend 12 years and older please.
Join us for this combination 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 blanket or padding is highly recommended. Some mornings are chilly, so dress in layers. Remember to wear sun protection for the hike such as a hat and sunscreen.
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 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!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
When the wind blows clouds move, leaves rustle, and kites fly. What else in nature moves or floats in the wind? We will search for flying critters and soaring seeds in the sky on our windy nature walk. Then, watch the wind by making your own windsock to hang at your home.
This program is perfect for wee little ones, ages 2 – 6 years of age. We will spend the first half of the program enjoying our program’s topic, possibly making a craft or listening to a story, and then we will explore the trails in an easy paced walk, suitable for off-road strollers and carrying packs. Parent or guardian must register and attend along with their child.
Led by OC Parks. Join Preserve staff for a fun-filled parent & child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks.
Class fee is $5.00 per participating student. No class on November 7 and 28. Please email email@example.com to register or for more information.
Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. During the fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County.
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” hike travels the 3.5 mile route to scenic Loma Ridge (450′ elevation gain) and back down with most participants finishing the route in about 1.5 hours.
Family friendly but children must be closely supervised by an adult and either able to hike with the group or carried by strong adult. Strollers OK but contact office for information first.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Join us for a morning of birding in Fremont Canyon.
Bring your binoculars if you have them, if not we will loan you some. This is an easy 2 mile walk in the canyon.
Birders of all levels welcome.
This strenuous distance hike in the scenic Limestone Canyon Wilderness Area has something for everyone – The Sinks, Box Springs and sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. This is a 13-mile loop hike for experienced and physically fit distance hikers who relish the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. Bring 100 oz. minimum water and trail snacks. Please come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed toed hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for the 6 hour hike in this wilderness area.
The California holly is special this time of year, and we will explore other flora resident in Buck Gully in wintertime. This is a slow paced hike on a fairly flat trail which traverses the recently installed bridges. Suggested are sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and binoculars if you have them.
Please Note: Poison oak grows throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve.
Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling up this road to our peek as we listen to the nocturnal sounds of the night. The hike will travel about 3 miles round trip at an easy pace along our steady incline with a medium level of interpretation.
This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower paced level hike and is ideal for older children and adults. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the night sounds and smells along with the full moon’s glow!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The title says it all. This is your chance to venture deep in the Irvine backcountry. Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure. Hike distance is up to 14 miles and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are numerous.
Over 2800 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route.
All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Join us for a challenging docent-led mountain bike ride for very experienced riders in excellent cardio shape. This ride is offered for very experienced off-road endurance riders in excellent cardio shape. Travel through historic Black Star Canyon past Beeks Place, and over to Sierra Peak, then traverse over ridges of Upper Fremont Canyon passing some of Orange County’s spectacular geological formations. We affectionately call this one the Freeks Loop (Fremont/Beeks). The ride length is 25 miles on fire roads requiring multiple long, steep climbs totaling an elevation gain of 4500 feet. 16 miles of this 25 mile ride are climbing. There are multiple requirements that you should consider. Please click “Register” to read more details about this program and to register. To officially register for this program, click the “Register” box within the program description.