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, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Sandstone Formation from HHR 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. 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, 08/19/2014
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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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 just under seven and a half miles with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking Laguna Canyon and many Irvine locales.   Get your boots out and register to hike the Quail Trail and Shady Canyon trails.

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 - Quail Hill
Date:
Tue, 08/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Restoration Trial – Oak Seedling Maintenance – Agua Chinon

Stewardship
Acorn

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff is looking for volunteers to assist with one of our experimental trials in Agua Chinon Canyon. We have planted 50 acorns and are studying the impact of irrigation. Please join us to assist with watering, weeding, and data collection. No previous experience needed for this event. We will supply all tools.

Restoration Trial - Oak Seedling Maintenance - Agua Chinon
Date:
Tue, 08/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). Come for the program, stay for the day. $15 day-use parking fee.

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Tue, 08/19/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wednesday, August 20, 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, 08/20/2014
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
16

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, 08/20/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Educations Commons from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more! Check out cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos, then walk across the street or take the shuttle). $15 parking fee.

Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Wed, 08/20/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

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, 08/20/2014
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, 08/20/2014
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, August 21, 2014

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). Come for the program, stay for the day. $15 day-use parking fee.

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Limestone Ride to The Sinks

Equestrian
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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.

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.

Limestone Ride to The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Picturing Animals & Their Habitats Kids Program

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by OC Zoo, an OC Parks facility. Create your own animal scrapbook and learn different art techniques. Part of class takes place out in the zoo and is taught by artist docents. Includes meeting a zoo animal up close! Class is for 5-8 year olds. Class fee is $5 per child (one parent included). Parking fee is $3. Registration is required. Please call 714-973-6846 to register.

Picturing Animals & Their Habitats Kids Program
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
5
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Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking
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Explore Limestone Canyon by night on this intermediate mountain bike night ride. We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks, and along Limestone Ridge or Limestone Valley, depending on the group. Please plan for a distance between 10 and 15 miles. Hopefully we will see some wildlife, but we certainly will have an adventure!

Trails include natural hazards such as sand, tree roots, exposed rocks, and ruts.  Expect several steep climbs on this 12-mile ride with an elevation gain of 2,600 feet.  This night ride is for experienced adult riders.  Lights required.

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.

Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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.

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, 08/21/2014
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, August 22, 2014

Shoestring/Sandtrap/Limestone Ridge Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Limestone Canyon - Spring 2009

Join us for a brisk early morning hike in the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.  This 10.5-mile loop hike includes a 1,700-foot elevation change and is for physically fit hikers who relish the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.  The hike offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains as well as possible wildlife sightings.

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 the half-day hike in this wilderness area. Each participant must carry his or her own pack and water.  Under-prepared participants may be denied access to this program.

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.

Shoestring/Sandtrap/Limestone Ridge Loop Hike
Date:
Fri, 08/22/2014
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Introduction to the Birds in Limestone Canyon

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Come enjoy the birds on this bird walk in beautiful Limestone Canyon. We will walk along our trail as it warms up to the summer day filled with chattering birds. Using binoculars, we will explore the tallest trees to the lowest shrubs for our local song birds and soaring raptors. This program is focused on observing the basic mechanics of viewing the birds by looking for the bird’s body shape and size along with their lovely song. Come prepared for a morning of exploring this delightful nature preserve and its abundant bird life. All level of bird viewing is encouraged. Please bring your binoculars, but if you do not own any, we will provide some for you.

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-1 activity on the land.

Introduction to the Birds in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 08/22/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a summer campfire program and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove state Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground).

Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Fri, 08/22/2014
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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 the surrounding Orange County landscape.

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.

Cardio Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Long Distance Hike in the Back Country

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2 to 3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. 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.. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
15
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Soaring Birds in Fremont

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Join us in remote and beautiful Fremont Canyon to observe the majestic hawks, vultures, and other varied bird life that frequents the canyon and nearby ridge tops. We will begin our birding adventure at the bottom of the canyon and work our way up to the top to gain sweeping views of the surrounding area. The canyon is home to a wide variety of bird life including California quail, cactus wren, white-tailed kite, phainopepla,  acorn woodpecker and many others. From our higher observation point, we will  look down on the larger birds as they soar and catch the thermals along the ridge below us. Remember to bring binoculars, sun protection, and plenty of water. This is a moderately strenuous hike with an intense elevation gain in a short distance.

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.

Soaring Birds in Fremont
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
10
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