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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Restoration Habitat – Mule Deer Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff at our 2 acre Mule Deer restoration site. Restoration efforts are focused on cactus scrub, coastal sage scrub, and native perennial grassland communities. Strong emphasis is on restoring habitat for the locally threatened Coastal Cactus Wren. Help us to get our native communities back on track by performing simple hand weeding of our recently planted and seeded areas. There is a lot of area to cover, so your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Restoration Habitat - Mule Deer Canyon
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
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A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Enjoy an outdoor stroll to Barbara’s Lake (Orange County’s only natural lake) on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. All ages welcome! 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. Donation: $2/person.

A Morning Stroll to Barbara's Lake
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Tot Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (babies to 3 years old) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). Required Online Reservations: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3/vehicle.

Tot Walk
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Preserve staff for a fun-filled parent & child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks.

Class fee is $5.00 per participating student. No Class April 25, May 2, May 9 and June 27. Please email unbic@ocparks.com to register or for more information.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Canyon Explorers: Blooming in Bommer

Interpretive
Kelley.with.kids

Let’s explore the changes in the canyon that come with the spring season. We will travel along our nature trail to see the new signs of spring, from baby animals to blooming flowers.

This program is a perfect afternoon adventure for children from ages 6 to 10. We will spend time exploring our program’s topic, and maybe create a craft or play a game before heading out on the trails to practice what we have learned. Our hike will be a gentle one-mile trek along uneven  terrain. Off-road strollers are welcome to join the fun! Parent or guardian must register and attend along with their child.

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.

Canyon Explorers: Blooming in Bommer
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Night Sky Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Photo Hike HHR 7.5.2009 (112)

Enjoy the trails under the twinkling stars! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace with a medium level of interpretation.  Wear warm layers as the canyon gets chilly at night and sturdy shoes. Please bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. This program is for those that are interested in experiencing the trails after sunset, taking in the night sounds and smells along the night sky!

Night Sky Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness
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Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us  in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike that incorporates a little more interpretation.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak and the Cleveland National Forest along the way.

Remember, even though this is a slower cardio hike, it is still faster than a walk. You must be able to hike the entire time without stopping. Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

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.

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Keep It Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and /or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: Free Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html.

Keep It Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
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Keep It Wild Volunteer Day at Aliso & Wood Wilderness Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! What better way to start a Saturday morning than to join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal. Help us make a healthier environment for native wildlife and for ourselves. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). Online sign-up: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: Free for Keep-It-Wild volunteers!

Keep It Wild Volunteer Day at Aliso & Wood Wilderness Park
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
15
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Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

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 2700 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route.

Please note, this program is an intermediate-to-advanced ride featuring only a few short rest stops, steep climbs and rocky descents. It requires above average fitness and mountain biking skills, and a mountain bike with a minimum of front suspension.

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.

 

Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Slow-Paced Holy Jim MTB Ride

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

This is a slower-paced ride designed for the strong beginner rider who has some experience and skills. We will explore some of Orange County’s history on this out-and-back ride. The route starts in O’Neill Regional Park, and we will ride out to the Holy Jim trailhead along Trabuco Creek Road. This is a part of Orange County few ever see.

This is NOT a ride for a brand new beginner. Riders must have mountain bike experience and feel comfortable with sustained gradual climbs.

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 Holy Jim MTB Ride
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
O’Neill Regional Park
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Wilderness Access Day- Bommer Canyon

Special Events
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Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. Registration is not required for this event. The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp will be available for parking, but please take note that your vehicle must be removed from the Cattle Camp area by 2 pm or it will be locked in and you will be subject to citation.

Access Day Participation policies:

  • Dogs are not permitted in the Irvine Open Space Preserve.
  • Trail users are allowed to enter the Irvine “guided program only” preserve trails up to one hour prior to closing time and no later. Park closes at 2 pm. Entrance to the trails ends at 1 pm.
  • Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All mountain bicyclists must wear a helmet at all times while on Irvine Open Space trails.
  • You may choose to enter the trail system from other surrounding locations, Quail Hill, Laguna Coast, El Moro, but you must be off of the Irvine “guided program only” trails by 2 pm.
  • Gates will be closed and you will be subject to citation if you are found to be on the Irvine “guided program only” trails before 8 am and after 2 pm.
  • The availability for self-guided trail access is limited to the date and hours of this event only.
  • Parking, updated maps and information will be available at the Cattle Camp in Bommer Canyon during open hours.

Please adhere to the stated description above to ensure the continuation of Access Day events in Irvine. Please call 714-508-4764 with questions and for more information.

Wilderness Access Day- Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Special Events
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride at Ridge Park

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions call: 949-497-8324. Donation: $2/person. Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html.

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride at Ridge Park
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding at Ridge Park

Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions call: 949-497-8324. Donation: $2/person Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html.

Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding at Ridge Park
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Big Canyon Nature Walk

Interpretive
Big Canyon Nature Walk

Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs.These interpretive programs, which involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. If a particular theme is not stated, the Naturalist will discuss items of special interest encountered by the group along the way, such as a bird in breeding plumage or a rare plant that is flowering at the time. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information, directions, and to RSVP.

Big Canyon Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Help celebrate Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park). Projects include: mulching, weeding, removing old posts and concrete from the trails, and cleaning the beach. For more information, email Winter.Bonnin@parks.ca.gov.

Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Exploring Bommer: Springtime Salad

Interpretive
Bommer Kids Hike

Things are blooming into tasty treats along the trails this season. Discover which plants are used for our native animals’ meals and which were used historically on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will have a chance to enjoy some of the “springtime salad” mixings before exploring the trails in Bommer Canyon. Food tastings will only take place during this program before the hike, as the plants along the trails are left only for the animals. Those with food allergies please be aware certain foods served may contain nuts, soy and milk.

This program occurs concurrently with the monthly Wilderness Access Day. The trails will be available for self-guided access from 8am until 2pm.

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.

Exploring Bommer: Springtime Salad
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please join us at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly stewardship activity 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, 04/19/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Science Saturday

Interpretive
Interpretive

Discover the new Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park on Science Saturday. A park interpreter will be available to talk and teach about some of the different Citizen Science opportunities available at the eight science field stations. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park. There is a $15 day-use parking fee.

Science Saturday
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike – Agua Chinon

Interpretive
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.

This program is for participants who would enjoy 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 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 - Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 04/19/2014
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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