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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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, 09/20/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
O’Neill Regional Park
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Coastal Cleanup Day

Stewardship
Stewardship

In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, OC Parks, Newport Bay Conservancy, and the California Coastal Commission, we invite you to help keep our estuaries, beaches, waterways, and oceans clean! There are 52 sites within Orange County to participate in this annual event, in addition to numerous sites throughout California. This is a perfect opportunity for larger groups to be involved! If you would like to sign up to help park and trail cleanup along with habitat restoration specifically at the Upper Newport Bay, please contact, Sue Stoffel or Candice McIntyre by phone, 949-923-2275 or 949-923-2290 or by email, unbic@ocparks.com.

Coastal Cleanup Day
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon

Mountain Biking
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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 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, 09/20/2014
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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The Flora and Fauna of Weir Canyon

Interpretive
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Join us as we explore the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon, home to a wide variety of animal life including mule deer, bobcat, coyote, cougar, raccoon, red tailed hawks, turkey vultures and many others. We will learn about the native flora of the canyon including coast live oak, sycamore, willow, elderberry, and the many varieties of sages, grasses and wildflowers that sustain the native wildlife. Please remember to bring plenty of water and adequate sun protection. Binoculars are recommended.

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.

The Flora and Fauna of Weir Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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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.

Wilderness Access Day- Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
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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Dilley Geology and Natural History Hike

Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain. For ages 10 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and 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

Dilley Geology and Natural History Hike
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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California Coastal Cleanup Day at Crystal Cove State Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. as we celebrate California Coastal Cleanup Day. Meet at Pelican Point lot #3 or Reef Point. Volunteers are needed to clean the 3.5 miles of coastline of the park. Parking fee waived for volunteers entering the park between 8:30 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m. For more information, see www.crystalcovestatepark.com.

California Coastal Cleanup Day at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, 09/20/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Introduction to Walking and Hiking in the Outdoors

Interpretive
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Are you a beginner hiker looking for a few tips and tricks to improve your experience and quell some fears of heading out on the trails? If so, come out to our clinic. Topics include proper preparation, equipment, clothing, packs, shoes, and day hiking gadgetry. This course is introductory and will focus on trail safety, etiquette, and basic hiking principles.

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 Walking and Hiking in the Outdoors
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
0.5 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:
Sat, 09/20/2014
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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Family Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Families welcome. You will hike in one of the most diverse areas of the park, through a canopy of oaks, past Barbara’s Lake and back. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and 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.

Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Night Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile Night Hike on Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m. Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and flashlight. Dress in layers.

Night Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sat, 09/20/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Peters Canyon Restoration Day

Stewardship
Stewardship

Do you want to enjoy the outdoors and help take care of park ecosystems? Join others for Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park every third Sunday from 8 am to 11 am. Water, tools, and gloves will be provided. You may want to bring snacks, sunscreen, and wear pants, long sleeve shirts and boots. Please register to volunteer online at www.ocparks.com. For questions, please call (714) 973-6611 or email peterscanyon@ocparks.com.

Peters Canyon Restoration Day
Date:
Sun, 09/21/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
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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!

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.

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.

Zumba
Date:
Sun, 09/21/2014
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, 09/21/2014
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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Ancient Volcanoes Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a Crystal Cove State Park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park and explore several of the park’s volcanic features. Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at the stoplight School-State Park). $15 Parking Fee.

Ancient Volcanoes Walk
Date:
Sun, 09/21/2014
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Monday, September 22, 2014

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 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 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:
Mon, 09/22/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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