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-specific 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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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-3/4 activity on the land.

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.

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 07/26/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Tecate Cypress Stewardship

Stewardship
Tecate Cypress (3)

The Tecate Cypress is a rare species found only in southern California and northern Baja California. Unfortunately, the northern most population in the Santa Ana Mountains is in severe decline due to too-frequent wildfires. In effort to protect this rare species, locally genetic trees have been planted in Fremont Canyon, in close proximity to the staging area. Join us as we deeply water and weed around the young trees. Your work will ensure the newly-planted Tecate has all they need to thrive, and will directly help the effort to ensure the persistence of this unique forest community here in Orange County!

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

Tecate Cypress Stewardship
Date:
Tue, 07/26/2016
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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 our 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. Junior Rangers meets on Tuesday mornings, 7/5 & 7/6, and Friday morning,s 7/8, 7/15 & 7/22, from 10-11am. 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, 07/26/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Quail.MidWeek

Take a break and get some fresh air! Join us on a mid-week hike through scenic Quail Hill. This program is for those who just want to get out and hike away the stresses of the week. Enjoy the views and a little quiet time in Irvine’s beautiful Southern Preserve. Several single-track trails, steep climbs and descents are part of the experience. There is over 2700 ft. of climbing elevation accumulated along the route, but it is done with a moderate pace, approximately 3 mph. Distance is 10-12 miles. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

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: Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 07/27/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
10 of 20
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Summer Stewy Montage

Want to smell the sun-dried sweetness of summertime? Want to feel the crunch of crispy golden brown pods?  Come and refresh your senses while giving back to Nature! Absolutely no experience required.

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 our quirky native Summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushions and Heart-leaved Beard Tongue. Just bring a reusable water bottle for yourself,  and all tools and training with be provided.  You will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work!

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 07/27/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
10 of 15
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Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesdays July 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.  Learn to watercolor, try your hand at a traditional craft, enjoy a historic radio show, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park.  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 day use fee.

Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Wed, 07/27/2016
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
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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, 07/27/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
5 of 35
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J.O.Y. for Nature: Wilderness Pharmacy

Interpretive
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Come learn about essential first aid skills to keep you safe while having fun in the great outdoors. You will have a chance to learn some basic first aid skills, understand important plants that can help you in need and certain plants to avoid, as well as understanding how certain plants can benefit our daily lives. Discover what it takes to be a Pharmacist in nature as you test your new knowledge in a first aid skills challenge course.

J.O.Y. for Nature: Wilderness Pharmacy
Date:
Wed, 07/27/2016
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
9
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

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, 07/28/2016
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:
18 of 30
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Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the Orchard Hills loop trail. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline.

The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. The effort is rewarded with a beautiful, unobstructed view to the west. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not suitable for children under 12.

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

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Thu, 07/28/2016
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Movies on the Beach

Special Events
Special Events

To celebrate the history of movie making at Crystal Cove State Park, Crystal Cove Alliance will show movies on the beach this summer.  Join us near the restored “Beaches” Film & Media Center (historic Cottage #13) in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District on Thursday, July 28, at 8 p.m., and watch “Some Like It Hot.” Please visit www.CrystalCoveAlliance.org for more information.

Movies on the Beach
Date:
Thu, 07/28/2016
Time:
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Fremont to Weir Canyon Hike

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us for a scenic early morning hike from Fremont Canyon up and over to Weir Canyon. The hike climbs steeply from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, passing an abandoned coal mine. We’re rewarded with sweeping views of the Santa Ana Mountains before crossing through Upper Blind Canyon to reach the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon.

This hike involves several steep climbs and descents and is done at a moderate moving pace of around 3 mph. We meet and end our hike in Irvine Regional Park, parking lot #3, and will shuttle to the Fremont Staging Area to begin our hike.

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

Fremont to Weir Canyon Hike
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
9 of 20
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Start some seedlings! Friday Nursery Day at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Curious about how to grow native plants? Want to try it out? Come join us at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine for a special Native Plant Nursery workday. Absolutely no experience required!

Usually we work together out in the Farm’s fields, but every now and then we can use your help to start some new seedlings (a.k.a baby plants). By winter they will be planted right here at the Native Seed Farm where they will to grow up and be ready to produce seed by next summer and fall.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity at the Native Seed Farm.

Start some seedlings! Friday Nursery Day at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
3 of 8
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
kids storytime

In partnership with OC Parks, join Newport Bay Conservancy for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a short nature walk, and arts and crafts. $5/child, pre-registration is required by calling 949-923-2269 or info@newportbay.org. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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Flow Yoga in the Hills

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga in Orchard Hills. This vinyasa-style yoga practice will have you continuously moving and flowing through different poses which will help keep you energized and your heart rate up. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local canyons 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.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended. 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.

Flow Yoga in the Hills
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
2 of 20
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Twilight Trek on the Mesa

Interpretive
Full Moon

As the sun sets down below the horizon, the stars begin to shine high above the canyon peaks. Come enjoy the Mesa in beautiful Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park. This trek will travel around a 2.5-mile loop trail, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the canyon at dusk and at night. This program will offer time to take in and enjoy the surrounding areas as you walk along the path to explore vistas and the stars.

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

Twilight Trek on the Mesa
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
4 of 30
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Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a summer campfire program on Fridays, 7/15 & 7/29, at 7:30 p.m., 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, 07/29/2016
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Great “Catsby” of Fremont

Equestrian
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Explore historic and rugged Fremont Canyon by horseback on this interpretive equestrian program. We will look for clues and evidence left by big cats and small cats, mountain lions and bobcats, respectively. Riders will be introduced to the wildlife that roam this area and the clues they leave behind.

You must have your own fit horse capable of traveling three hours in a wilderness setting. This program covers 7 miles with a 1400-foot elevation change. Bring plenty of water for you and your horse for three hours of riding.

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

The Great "Catsby" of Fremont
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
10 of 12
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