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, November 23, 2014

Birding Walk

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Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. 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). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Birding Walk
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Mountain Biking
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Join us in Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks for this moderate-paced ride for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to walk more technical areas and steep descents/ascents. This “hike-a-bike” program experiences a 1500-foot elevation change over 12 miles, and is designed for those in excellent cardio condition. The ride begins at Irvine Regional Park, and travels alongside the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Road, then continues along the “Weir Loop” in Santiago Oaks Regional Park.  On the descent we will ride some hilly singletrack trails back into Irvine Park.

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

This is NOT a beginner ride. We do NOT ride on bike paths, but on hazardous rocky, rutted, sandy fire roads and singletrack trails. This is for adult riders only.

Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 20
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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.

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, 11/23/2014
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
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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, 11/23/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
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Please join IRC staff as we convert Dripping Springs ranch road into a single track trail! For this event we will be weeding invasive plants as well as watering the approximately 2000 native grass plugs and container plants along the new trail sides, providing a beautiful clear path for people as well as important habitat for wildlife. Spend the day working through grassland, coastal sage scrub, and woodland habitats and hike to beautiful Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and then down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face. This unique feature supports many rare plants and animals in the area. No previous experience is needed; however we will be hiking approximately 2.5 miles with heavy tools. Thank you for your continued support of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

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.

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
0 of 14
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Tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove

Interpretive
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Enjoy a guided tide pool walk to Little Treasure Cove during low tide. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk around slippery and sharp rocks! Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the end lot). $15 day use-parking fee.

Tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Photography Walk

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Interpretive

Learn how to take beautiful photos of the cottages, rocks, and sunset on a docent led walk at Crystal Cove State Park. Meet at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer (PCH inland at the stoplight Los Trancos). All Camera types welcome. $15 Parking Fee.

Photography Walk
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
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J.O.Y. for Nature: Magnificent Mammology

Interpretive
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For lovers of furry creatures of all kinds, come and explore the menagerie of mammals as we become Mammologists. We will compare and contrast the biology and behavior of Irvine Ranch Natural Landmark’s many fluffy residents – even feeling their fur and studying their bones! We will go on an exploration hike to look for some of our animal friends, their homes and their tracking evidence they leave behind.

JOY for Nature (Juniors or Youths for Nature) is a monthly series dedicated to showcasing different career opportunities in nature for youngsters. From examining tiny bugs to exploring outer space, each month will focus on a specific nature topic and how youth can explore more of that profession for school. This series is geared towards middle school young adults ages 9 – 12, who are interested in discovering different career paths in nature.

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-2 activity on the land.

J.O.Y. for Nature: Magnificent Mammology
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
9
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
11 of 25
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Starry, Starry Night

Interpretive
Starry, Starry Night

Come join us for an interactive evening under the stars.  Immerse yourself in a scaled down version of our solar system.  Test your imagination in naming the constellations.  Reenact the struggle between Orion and the Scorpion.  The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a high level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower paced hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes and bring water for the hike.

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-2 activity on the land.

Starry, Starry Night
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Through Aqua Chinon

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Discover one of Orange County’s most pristine and beautiful canyons on this advanced mountain bike tour of the oak woodlands and scenic vistas of Agua Chinon. This 16- mile ride through Limestone’s richly diverse wilderness area includes multiple advanced-level technical single-track trails, with strenuous climbs and descents over 2100 feet of accumulated elevation.

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.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Through Aqua Chinon
Date:
Mon, 11/24/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
4 of 20
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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, 11/24/2014
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, November 25, 2014

Beginning Fitness Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join an LCF volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. 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). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Beginning Fitness Hike
Date:
Tue, 11/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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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.

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

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 11/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
23 of 30
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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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, 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, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 11/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
3 of 11
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Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga program 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 warms up to 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 mornings 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.

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.

Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 11/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
17 of 25
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
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Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity from 10 am to 4 pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation. Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle. There is a $15 day use fee.

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 11/26/2014
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 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!

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:
Wed, 11/26/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
9 of 30
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Orange Friday at Irvine Regional Park

Special Events
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OC Parks invites you to Orange Friday at Irvine Regional Park. Burn off extra calories from Thanksgiving and take a break from holiday shopping! This family-friendly event has something for everyone: a Santa Cruise for mountain bikers, a Snowman Stroll for hikers, and a Rudolph Ride for equestrians. Don’t miss a ranger-led interpretive hike at 3 pm. Costumes are encouraged based on your category. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed in each category. The event is free and takes place in Group Area #3. Parking available in lots 14 and 15. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Please contact irvinepark@ocparks.com or (714) 973-6835 for more info, or check the website at http://ocparks.com/parks/irvine. Click here for a printable flyer. Click here to download a map for Irvine Regional Park.

Orange Friday at Irvine Regional Park
Date:
Fri, 11/28/2014
Time:
12:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Wobble Walk

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner on this slow-paced, 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with OC Parks staff. 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). Reservations required. Sign-up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3. Program: $2/person.

Wobble Walk
Date:
Fri, 11/28/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
10
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