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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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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. 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.

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-3/4 activity on the land.

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 09/02/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Join us for a docent-led mountain bike ride through the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This moderate-paced mountain bike tour through the picturesque hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons includes  a combination of ranch roads and multiple intermediate and advanced level technical single track trails, with many steep climbs and descents. Over 2500 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route. Participants should be physically fit and possess above-average mountain biking skills.

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-4 activity on the land.

Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 09/03/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Please join the Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly Stewardship program you will learn about the plants native to this region and participate in a variety of activities that change with the seasons. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, invasive plant management, native plant propagation, seed processing, and much more. All of the seeds and plants we work with will be used to restore habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Work will be easy to moderate.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 09/03/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Weir Canyon to Two Towers Vista

Equestrian
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Be prepared to experience the beauty and wonder of Weir Canyon, steeped in history and lore, on this morning equestrian ride.  The ride will travel through Weir Canyon, where the trail weaves its way through a beautiful oak woodland inhabited by deer, coyote, bobcat, and many different birds. You will travel the route of the Butterfield Stage and see a monument dedicated to the Mexican ox cart drivers. If time permits, we will climb to the Two Tower vista point to look at distant views.

This ride travels on wide trails with several easy to moderate climbs. Equestrians who have trail riding experience and their own fit and able horse are welcome. You will need to transport your horse to the staging area. Owners of unshod horses, please note that footing will include areas of gravel and distances over asphalt pavement.

Please bring water on the ride.

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.

Weir Canyon to Two Towers Vista
Date:
Wed, 09/03/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Hicks Haul Road

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 an average of 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!

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.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 09/03/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination program of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike a 1-mile loop through the canyon while finding unity with nature. We will return to our yoga mats and be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga under a canopy of sycamores while the canyon slowly calms down from the day.

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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 09/03/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Morning Nature Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
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Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space into the Northern Natural Landmark region. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water.

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.

Morning Nature Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Thu, 09/04/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Fitness Hike at Dilley

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

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 (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and 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. Donation: $2/person.

Fitness Hike at Dilley
Date:
Thu, 09/04/2014
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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Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this advanced ride. PLEASE NOTE: there are multiple steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 3500 feet over 19 miles.  This hard ride is for expert adult riders in excellent physical conditionLights required for last part of the ride.

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.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Thu, 09/04/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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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.

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.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 09/04/2014
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, September 5, 2014

Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. Ages 8 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/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.

Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara's Lake
Date:
Fri, 09/05/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
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First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
Buck Gully

Help restore native habitats in Buck Gully! Participants will engage in a range of activities from maintaining past winter plantings, removing invasive weeds, and collecting native seed. Enjoy a good workout while supporting your local wildlife! Training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Note that this activity is held on the 1st Friday of each month.

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 09/05/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont/Blind/Weir Canyons

Mountain Biking
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This is a moderate-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but might need to ride slower on the more technical areas and steep descents/ascents. We will be riding along fire roads through the Fremont/Blind/Weir Loop areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This program experiences approximately 2100 feet of climbing over almost 12 miles, and is for very physically fit riders in great cardio shape.

This is NOT a beginner ride.  Riders must have a minimum of one year of mountain biking experience.

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.

Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont/Blind/Weir Canyons
Date:
Sat, 09/06/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Habitat Restoration in Fremont Canyon, Invasive Tree Removal

Stewardship
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Please join in and help Irvine Ranch Conservancy Land Stewards with manual removal of invasive pants and trees in Fremont/Santiago Creek areas. We will be working in the wash areas and this activity requires strength and bending over to remove larger tree/plant growth.

 Habitat Restoration in Fremont Canyon, Invasive Tree Removal
Date:
Sat, 09/06/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Interpretive
Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Join a Naturalist at Shellmaker Island for a walk along Back Bay Drive.  There are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl, and other birds while learning about this important estuary.  Please call 949 923-2269 for reservations which are encouraged, and directions.  Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them.

Back Bay Drive Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 09/06/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly Stewardship program you will learn about the plants native to this region and participate in a variety of activities that change with the seasons. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, invasive plant management, native plant propagation, seed processing, and much more. All of the seeds and plants we work with will be used to restore habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Work will be easy to moderate. Please remember to wear close-toed shoes and we do recommend long pants- some of the plants can be scratchy in shorts!

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 09/06/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Kayak Tour

Water
Kayak Tour

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, 09/06/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Water
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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