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.

Thursday, April 24, 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person. 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, 04/24/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Restoration Habitat – Bee Flat Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Since last winter, with the help from volunteers, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy has seeded and planted over 25 acres of native habitat in Bee Flat Canyon. Most of the seed used in Bee Flat Canyon was grown right here on the Irvine Ranch Conservancy native seed farm! Native plants are beginning to grow but aggressive weeds like black mustard threaten to overtake the new plantings. Volunteers are needed to help maintain plantings by watering and/or weeding. All tools and training, including plant identification, will be provided. There is a lot of area to cover so your assistance is greatly appreciated. Hope you can join us!

Restoration Habitat - Bee Flat Canyon
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking
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Explore one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Orange County by night on this special mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.  We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks,and  along Limestone Ridge. Please plan for a distance between up to 15 miles. Hopefully we will see some wildlife, but we certainly will have an adventure!

Trails include natural hazards such as sand, tree roots, exposed rocks, and ruts.  Expect several steep climbs on this 12-mile ride with an elevation gain of 2,600 feet.  This night ride is for experienced adult riders.  Lights required.

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.

Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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 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.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 04/24/2014
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, April 25, 2014

Bats in the Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy an evening presentation by Orange County bat expert Stephanie Remington. Stephanie will teach about bat benefits and their declining populations. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park).

Bats in the Park
Date:
Fri, 04/25/2014
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

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 Loma Ridge trails. The hike winds along the avocado orchards with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and, on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike ascends Loma Ridge 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.

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-5 activity on the land.

Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon/Santiago Wilderness Park

Hiking & Fitness
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Explore beautiful Weir Canyon and surrounding wilderness areas on this fast-paced cardio hike. 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.

Remember, this cardio hike is much faster than a walk, and features a 1,700-foot elevation change. You must be able to hike uphill at an average pace of 3.5-to-4 mph without stopping.  Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

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.

Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon/Santiago Wilderness Park
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Long Distance Hike in the Back Country

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2 mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring a suggested 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/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.

Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Earth Day Restoration at Quail Hill Loop

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please come celebrate Earth Day and join Irvine Ranch Conservancy land stewards to remove weeds from grassland and coastal sage scrub habitats. You may be pulling out mustard plants, and or searching for and removing thistles.We would appreciate your help in managing these invasive species so the native habitat can thrive.

Earth Day Restoration at Quail Hill Loop
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Earth Day Restoration in Santiago Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please come celebrate Earth Day and join Irvine Ranch Conservancy land stewards to remove invasive Tree Tobacco and Castor Bean and any trash we find in beautiful Santiago Canyon. These trees crowd out native trees and shrubs that support wildlife. We will be continuing successful clearing of these trees from past stewardship events further upstream and will focus on a section of Santiago Wash just east of Irvine Regional Park. We will be doing vigorous work on uneven surfaces.We would appreciate your help in restoring the land so the native habitat can thrive.

Earth Day Restoration in Santiago Canyon
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Cattle to Conservation Limestone Equestrian Ride

Equestrian
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Explore Limestone Canyon on horseback while learning some of the history of the Irvine Ranch. This docent-led equestrian ride will visit scenic locations such as The Sinks, Box Springs, and Raptor Ridge while sharing stories about earlier times on the ranch. This former ranchland, now conserved as a beautiful National Natural Landmark, is home for red-tailed hawks, mule deer, bobcats, oak woodlands and coastal sage, and provides the backdrop to this historical equestrian tour.

You must have your own horse fit for 3-4 hours over moderate terrain.

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.

Cattle to Conservation Limestone Equestrian Ride
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Crystal Cove Backcountry Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy a guided moderate to strenuous 5-mile backcountry hike and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home. Meet at the Berns amplitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park). There is a $15 day-use parking fee. No registration needed.

Crystal Cove Backcountry Hike
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Earthcache Hike to The Sinks in Limestone

Hiking & Fitness
Earthcache Hike to the Sinks in Limestone

Come and hike with us to The Sinks in Limestone Canyon, location of the Earthcache site listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled: “The Sinks- Irvine Ranch Wildlands, GC1ZB6V.”

This hike is open to existing geocachers, those curious about geocaching, and non-geocachers alike. There will be as much time as needed spent at The Sinks, so all geocachers can record their data and make their observations to confidently log their visit to this cache site.

The Sinks is a unique and spectacular geological formation in Limestone Canyon. This hike will follow the Limestone single-track to The Sinks viewpoint, and then travel through Cactus Canyon and Limestone Canyon for an approximate six-and-a-half-mile loop. Total climbing elevation is around 920 feet and is of a moderate difficulty. Please bring plenty of water, a light trail snack and all other supplies to keep you safe on the trail. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and do not forget your GPS receiver.

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.

Earthcache Hike to The Sinks in Limestone
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Earth Day at the Bay

Special Events

Celebrate Earth Day with the Newport Bay Conservancy, OC Parks and many other environmental enthusiasts. This event includes environmental exhibits, live animal demonstrations, a scavenger hunt for all ages, puppet shows, stewardship activities, science discovery booths, arts and crafts, environmental film, music, food trucks, opportunity drawing and free electronic waste recycling.

There is no charge for this event, food will be available for purchase, and no reservations are needed. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and directions. You can also visit www.newportbay.org.

Earth Day at the Bay
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Category:
Special Events
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike – Round Canyon

Interpretive

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We will hike along a fairly flat trail 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 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.

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-2 activity on the land.

Family Hike - Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 04/26/2014
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

5-mile Cardio Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Raise your heart rate and look for wildflowers on this conditioning hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A docent will lead you approximately 4.5 miles past the campground, up “B.F.I.” continuing up “More Ridge” then down “East Cut Across” back up “Poles” and down “No Dogs”. Recommended gear: water, hat, sunglasses, snack, and thick soled boots or shoes. Rain cancels. Meet at the Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park). $15 day-use parking fee.

5-mile Cardio Hike
Date:
Sun, 04/27/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Birding Adventure

Interpretive
Birding Adventure

For those of you who are interested in a more intense birdwatching experience and the possiblity 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, 04/27/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Interpretive
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 at Orchard Hills.

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.

 

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic
Date:
Sun, 04/27/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Yiking! (yoga + hiking)

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Experience YIKING! Join us for a strenuous morning workout and guided yoga stretching, with a 360º panoramic view from the East Loma Ridge atop Limestone Canyon. Our hiking pace will be at least 3.5 mph. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a personal yoga mat. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

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.

Yiking!  (yoga + hiking)
Date:
Sun, 04/27/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

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!!

Zumba
Date:
Sun, 04/27/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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