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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weir/Santiago Oaks Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Post Fire Recovery - Weir Canyon - March 2009

Join us for a sporting hike in the Weir Canyon Nature Preserve and Santiago Oaks Regional Park. This 13-mile loop hike includes a 1,700-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County, possible wildlife sightings, and a walk through the beautiful oak woodlands of lower Weir Canyon. Please bring a minimum of 70 oz. water and trail snacks. 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 this half-day hike.

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.

Weir/Santiago Oaks Loop Hike
Date:
Fri, 02/27/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
14 of 20
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Sahara Mustard Pull at City of Irvine Open Space Preserve

Stewardship
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Sahara mustard is a nasty exotic that has invaded thousands of acres across Southern California and is just beginning to encroach upon the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Now is the time to act! The Irvine Ranch Conservancy has been fighting back this weed within the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve for three years. Your help is needed now to find and pull remaining stands so that they do not spread into our wild lands. This event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. All training will be provided. We hope you can join us!

Sahara Mustard Pull at City of Irvine Open Space Preserve
Date:
Fri, 02/27/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
5 of 5
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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, 02/28/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
6 of 25
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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.

Cardio Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 25
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Trail Run Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Discover part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks on an moderate-paced trail run for participants in great running shape. We will run through Agua Chinon canyon to The Sinks viewpoint, and then continue to Cactus Trail to Limestone Ridge, down Raptor Trail and back to Aqua Chinon via Limestone Canyon trail. Approximate total distance of up to  13 miles, and an elevation gain of 2,100 feet.

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

Please be aware that this is an moderate-paced run, but involves long climbs up steep hills in a wilderness setting. Some may hike up the steepest hills, but all should plan on running all other areas. Please make sure you are in excellent physical shape with previous running experience before registering for this program, and bring 2 bottles of water.

Trail Run Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 25
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Irvine Lake View Hike

Interpretive

Join us to see beautiful views of Irvine Lake and Fremont Canyon. We will be hiking out and back on the east side of Fremont Canyon via fire roads. We hope to see wildflowers in bloom (assuming rain), and get good workout at same time. Distance is about 7 miles with some steep grades and little or no shade. Pace will be moderate.

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Irvine Lake View Hike
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 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, February 28 at 9am and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the flagpole at the Moro Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Ranger Station.)  $15 day-use fee

3-mile Hike into Moro Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, 02/28/2015
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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CANCELLED: Tree Tobacco and Castor Bean Removal in Fremont and Santiago Creek

Stewardship
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Tree tobacco and castor bean are exotic trees that invade our canyons. Volunteers have been helping to successfully fight back these populations for four years in Fremont and Santiago Canyon. Your help is needed to remove remaining plants and continue to keep these weeds at bay to help natives shrubs return. We will be working in rocky stream beds on uneven terrain away from trails and will use various tools to extract and treat plants. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 4 activity on the land.

CANCELLED: Tree Tobacco and Castor Bean Removal in Fremont and Santiago Creek
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 10
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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. 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, 02/28/2015
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, 02/28/2015
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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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Irvine Ranch History Ride

Equestrian
limestone equestrian horses

Ride into the heart of Weir Canyon to hear tales of the Irvine Ranch while on horseback. This docent-led equestrian ride will travel along old ranch roads through historic oak groves, sharing stories about earlier times on the ranch and how this area became one of southern California’s gems. This former ranchland, now preserved as the beautiful Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, is home for red-tailed hawks, mule deer, Mountain lion, oak woodlands and coastal sage, and provides the backdrop to this historical equestrian tour.

You must have your own horse. Both rider and horse must be fit for 3-4 hours over moderate terrain, including hills. Contact Bob Torrez for more information bobt@champsteel.com

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

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Irvine Ranch History Ride
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Family Hike – Agua Chinon

Interpretive
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Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradul climb of 500′ elevation of  as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. 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.

 

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Family Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 02/28/2015
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
1 of 25
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

This intermediate mountain bike ride climbs up to Loma Ridge on the paved Hicks Haul Road, with increasingly beautiful views as we ascend. It then follows Loma Ridge, offering fantastic vistas of Orange County, Irvine, and even Catalina on clear days, as well as the surrounding wildlands. From Loma Ridge we descend into Limestone Canyon and then visit The Sinks, Orange County’s own “Grand Canyon.”

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 20
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Volunteer Cactus Restoration Day

Stewardship
Stewardship

Be a part of restoring our wilderness areas back to native habitats at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Work along with Whiting staff as we collect and then plant prickly pear cactus. No previous experience is needed; however we will be hiking short distances with heavy tools. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear sturdy work shoes or boots, long pants, sun protection, and a hat.

Volunteer Cactus Restoration Day
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 7
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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.

 

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Zumba
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
17 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, 03/01/2015
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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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. 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, 03/01/2015
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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