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, August 28, 2014

Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8 mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. 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.

Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore
Date:
Thu, 08/28/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Extreme Cardio Hike: Agua Chinon to the Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
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Discover Limestone Canyon through Agua Chinon in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks on this hard and fast-paced Extreme Cardio hike through beautiful terrain. You must be an experienced cardio hiker in excellent physical condition to participate in this program. There are no scheduled stops on this hike, and the pace is an “extreme” average of 15 minutes per mile in a wilderness setting. This hike through Agua Chinon into Limestone Canyon covers 10 miles and up to 2200 feet in 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-5 activity on the land

 

Extreme Cardio Hike: Agua Chinon to the Sinks
Date:
Thu, 08/28/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 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, 08/28/2014
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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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride in Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking
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This is a slower-paced ride designed for the intermediate mountain bike rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to walk more technical areas and steep descents/ascents. It is very strenuous with difficult terrain and intended as a “hike-a-bike” ride. The route climbs both Loma and Limestone ridges and will have a stop at The Sinks.

If you are very physically fit and in excellent cardio shape, you won’t want to miss out! This 11.5-mile program includes a 1,600-foot elevation change and is not a beginner ride. Riders must have a minimum of one year of mountain bike 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.

 

Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/30/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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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.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 08/30/2014
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, 08/30/2014
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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Beachside Ranger Chat

Interpretive
Interpretive

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live in Crystal Cove State Park at the Education Commons in the Historic District with Crystal Cove State Park Ranger Jenn. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle). $15 day use fee.

Beachside Ranger Chat
Date:
Sat, 08/30/2014
Time:
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunset Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sun sets over Laurel and Willow Canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night. Hear the last bird songs and use the bat detector to listen for their ultrasonic communication. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain on this 3.5 mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain) can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Sunset Hike
Date:
Sat, 08/30/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Family Hike – Round Canyon

Interpretive

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike averages 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, 08/30/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 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, August 31, 2014

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, 08/31/2014
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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2-mile Family Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Summer is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature. Join a park naturalist on a 2-mile easy family nature walk at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). $15 day-use parking fee.

2-mile Family Hike
Date:
Sun, 08/31/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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!! 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!

Zumba
Date:
Sun, 08/31/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
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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:
Sun, 08/31/2014
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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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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