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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Extreme Cardio Hike Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Discover beautiful Limestone Canyon in 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.

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

 

Extreme Cardio Hike Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
5 of 25
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Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness
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Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike that incorporates a little more interpretation.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak and the Cleveland National Forest along the way. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
13 of 25
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CANCELLED: Cardio Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
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Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Quail Hill and Shady Canyon 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 10-12 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2700 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.

CANCELLED: Cardio Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
24 of 25
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Volunteer Only Birding Workshop

Interpretive
scrub jay bird

Join IRC staff members Josie and Kelley as we take a refresher to all things birding during this workshop presented in Agua Chinon. This session is aimed at giving Volunteers field training and experience with birding techniques on bird programs. We will explore the basics of birds, birding and birding resources. Most importantly, we will understand how birds fit into Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s programs, what the Public Programs and Science departments are doing with the birds, and how you can get involved as a volunteer.

Bring your binoculars, if you have them, otherwise IRC will provide some for you. You will have a chance to practice your birding skills through the Agua Chinon wash with basic spotting and identification techniques. In addition, you will have a chance to practice being the leader of the birding group and get some simulated field experience leading birding programs. This workshop is aimed to create a great core of IRC Birders willing to lead AND assist on upcoming birding programs.

Volunteer Only Birding Workshop
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Amazing Plants of the Santa Ana Mountains

Interpretive
SilMod Loop

Discover the wide variety of plant and animal communities that live in few other places than the specific hills and mountains of Orange County. We will search for rare and unusual plants while we discuss the native habitat. Enjoy stops to observe fossils on this docent-led hike through chaparral with sweeping views of the Santa Ana Mountains and Irvine Lake. The route ascends a moderate ridge, so come prepared with water and sun protection.

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

 

Amazing Plants of the Santa Ana Mountains
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
18 of 25
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3-Mile Hike into Moro Canyon

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a guided 3-mile hike into Moro Canyon on Saturday, March 28 at 9am and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

$15 day-use fee

3-Mile Hike into Moro Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Birding Hike in Weir Canyon

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join us in beautiful Weir Canyon as we observe the many species of birds found in this canyon’s diverse habitats. Weir Canyon Nature Preserve is home to red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, white-tailed kite, scrub jay, acorn woodpecker, California towhee and many others. Discover why their home is a protected wilderness area. Remember to wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and bring your binoculars. Spare binoculars are available.

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

Birding Hike in Weir Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
0 of 15
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Dig in! Plant with us at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Planting montage

Want to smell things growing and stick your hands into cool, moist earth? Want to have fun while giving back to Nature?

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 helping us expand the Farm’s impact by planting new plants into our growing fields, and weeding to protect them while they grow. 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, you will get introduced to some of our beautiful native wildflowers, and then we’ll dig in! 

Dig in! Plant with us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
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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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. 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, 03/28/2015
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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Beachside Ranger Chat

Interpretive
Interpretive

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live in Crystal Cove State Park at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot.

(PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Beachside Ranger Chat
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Ancient Volcanoes Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park & explore several of the parks volcanic features on Saturday, March 28 from 1-3pm.  Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park.)  $15 day-use fee

Ancient Volcanoes Hike
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike – Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
Irvine Ranch Open Space - Black Star Canyon

Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.

This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced and level hike. 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 - Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/28/2015
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
17 of 25
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Birding Adventure

Interpretive
Birding Adventure

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For those of you who are interested in a more intense bird watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of our bird experts offers a 2 -3 hour outing at Big Canyon on the last Sunday of the month starting at 8:00 AM.

Suitable for beginners and advanced birders.

Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Birding Adventure
Date:
Sun, 03/29/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, 03/29/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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, 03/29/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
19 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, 03/29/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Science Sundays- Wild and Wacky Weather

Interpretive
Interpretive

Free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. The activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. Join Ranger Amy for storytime at 11am and 2pm

Family Science Sundays- Wild and Wacky Weather
Date:
Sun, 03/29/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
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