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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Birding Adventure

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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:
3 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:
18 of 25
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

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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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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:
Sun, 03/29/2015
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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Picnic and Evening Hike in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
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How about a family picnic dinner in Bommer Canyon?  Bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy prior to a brief hike through Bommer.  The first 30-40 minutes of the program are dedicated to enjoying the dinner that you bring to the Cattle Camp picnic grounds. Bring food that is already prepared. No cooking is allowed.  Dinner is followed up by a 1.5-to-2- hour evening hike. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for the hike.  All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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

Picnic and Evening Hike in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/29/2015
Time:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Meditating in Nature

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Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Relax in nature. Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow. No experience necessary. Meditation can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Ages 16 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.

Meditating in Nature
Date:
Sun, 03/29/2015
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Monday, March 30, 2015

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us every Monday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the Fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views of Orange County. This hike travels to the top of Loma Ridge and back down to the staging area for a total distance of 3.5 miles.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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:
Mon, 03/30/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
17 of 30
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Tuesday Morning Hike on HHR leaving the staging area. 2014

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.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 03/31/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
18 of 30
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Limestone Ride to The Sinks

Equestrian
equestrian horses

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see some of the wild flowers that are native to our area.  You will also see The Sinks, a sandstone formation which is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of Orange County.”

Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse.  They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area.

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

Limestone Ride to The Sinks
Date:
Tue, 03/31/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 12
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mid-Week Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
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Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon.

This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is done at a moderate pace of approximately 3 mph. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes. Hike distance is 10-12 miles.

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

Mid-Week Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Wed, 04/01/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
20 of 25
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Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses 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 harvesting seeds from native Spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. 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 plants, and then we’ll get to work!

Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 04/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
1 of 10
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Sea Glass Jewelry

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Interpretive

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 04/01/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Hicks Haul Rd.

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  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, 04/01/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
19 of 30
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga 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 calms down from the day.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended, in addition to two towels for yoga positioning assistance. Some evenings are chilly, so dress in layers that are flexible to move in; jeans are not recommended. Remember to wear sun protection for the hike such as a hat and sunscreen.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 04/01/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
6 of 25
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Morning Nature Hike – Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
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This week in the Irvine Open Space, we’ll be in Quail Hill, once part of the historic Irvine cattle ranch. The hike is seven and a half miles with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking Laguna Canyon and many Irvine locales. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, hat and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.   Get your boots out and register to hike the Quail Trail and Shady Canyon trails.

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

Morning Nature Hike - Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 04/02/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
23 of 25
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Restore Wildflowers and Wildlife in Limestone Canyon

Stewardship
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While enjoying colorful displays of wildflowers planted by Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and volunteers, additional help is needed to remove aggressive weeds that threaten to overtake these plantings in Bee Flat/Limestone Canyon. Your contributions will give wildflowers room to grow and your efforts will have a lasting impact on the landscape and the wildlife which depend on it. Participants will learn the names of common weeds and wildflowers, view wildlife, and enjoy rarely visited scenic vistas looking over Orange County, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island!

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

Restore Wildflowers and Wildlife in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Thu, 04/02/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
8 of 10
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Bonkers For Bunnies Preschool Program

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come learn all about bunnies and meet some up close! Class includes hands-on learning and fun crafts. Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult). Parking fee: $3 Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register. Please note these Easter-themed classes fill quickly!

Bonkers For Bunnies Preschool Program
Date:
Thu, 04/02/2015
Time:
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 04/02/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
21 of 30
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