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-speccific 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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Birding Walk

Interpretive
Birding Walk

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Birding Walk
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road and Loma Ridge

Mountain Biking
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

This is a moderate-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to move slower in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. This program is for very physically fit riders in excellent cardio condition. The ride starts at the Augustine staging area and travels along the Hick’s Haul paved road, continuing to Loma Ridge, Box Springs, The Sinks, Raptor, and the adjacent oak woodlands. We will climb approximately 1500 feet over 13 miles in this 2.5-hour program.

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

Participants must wear a helmet and carry at least 100 ounces of water, snacks, and spare tubes and tools (in case of flats). Your bike must be trail worthy, with at least a front suspension, and in good working condition. We do NOT ride on bike paths, but rather on hazardous rocky, rutted, sandy fire roads and some singletrack. This is for adult riders only

Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road and Loma Ridge
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
13 of 20
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Peters Canyon Restoration Day

Stewardship
Stewardship

Want to enjoy the outdoors and help take care of park ecosystems?

Join us for “Restoration Days” at Peters Canyon Regional Park every third Sunday from 8:30AM-11:30AM.

Please call to register at (714) 973-6611 or email us at peterscanyon@ocparks.com or sign up electronically at http://letsgooutside.org

Recommended to:
Bring water and snacks
Have sunscreen
Wear pants, long sleeve shirts and boots

Peters Canyon Restoration Day
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
25 of 25
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
zumba fitness workout

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.

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

Zumba
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
19 of 25
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Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
Dripping Springs Pic (2)

Please join IRC staff as we convert Dripping Springs ranch road into a single track trail! For this event we will be weeding invasive plants as well as watering the approximately 2000 native grass plugs and container plants along the new trail sides, providing a beautiful clear path for people as well as important habitat for wildlife. Spend the day working through grassland, coastal sage scrub, and woodland habitats and hike to beautiful Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and then down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face. This unique feature supports many rare plants and animals in the area. No previous experience is needed; however we will be hiking approximately 2.5 miles with heavy tools. Thank you for your continued support of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

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.

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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Photography Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Learn how to take beautiful photos of seascapes, the cottages, and sunset and practice camera setups and compositions on a docent led family-friendly Photography Walk at Crystal Cove State Park. Meet at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer (PCH inland at the stoplight Los Trancos). $15 day-use fee. All Camera types welcome.

Photography Walk
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Round Canyon Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
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Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the Round Canyon trail. This trail meanders through an oak woodland and riparian area and provides a glimpse into a beautiful canyon along the northern edge of the Irvine city limits.

The two and a half mile out and back route has a gradual incline the entire way out, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is suitable for children age 8 and up.

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.

 

Round Canyon Evening Hike
Date:
Sun, 12/21/2014
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
5 of 24
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Monday, December 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 Fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views of Orange County. This hike travels to the top of Loma Ridge and back down to the staging area for a total distance of 3.5 miles.

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:
Mon, 12/22/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
15 of 30
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beginning Fitness Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Beginning Fitness Hike

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join an LCF volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; 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.

Beginning Fitness Hike
Date:
Tue, 12/23/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Tuesday Morning Hike on HHR leaving the staging area. 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.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 12/23/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
26 of 30
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Friday, December 26, 2014

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont to Sierra Peak

Mountain Biking
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore Fremont Canyon, one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, on this fast-paced ride. The ride includes a 2,500-foot elevation change over 12 miles.

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

 

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont to Sierra Peak
Date:
Fri, 12/26/2014
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
13 of 20
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Winter Solstice Week Hike and Meditation

Interpretive
Meditating in Nature

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Celebrate the lengthening of the days with Resource Specialist Laura Cohen on a slow 2.0-mile hike over sometimes steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) on the week of the solstice. Take a few minutes to meditate on the ridge and at the end of the hike. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress in layers, as the canyon can get cool in the evening. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up. 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.

Winter Solstice Week Hike and Meditation
Date:
Fri, 12/26/2014
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

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

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sat, 12/27/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike – Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
Irvine Ranch Open Space - Black Star Canyon

Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 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.

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

Family Hike - Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/27/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
13 of 25
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

YIKING!

Hiking & Fitness
YIKING!  (yoga + hiking)

Experience YIKING! Join us for a strenuous morning workout and guided yoga stretching, with a 360º panoramic view from the East Loma Ridge atop Limestone Canyon. Our hiking pace will be at least 3.5 mph. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a personal yoga mat. No previous yoga experience is necessary.

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

 

YIKING!
Date:
Sun, 12/28/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 of 25
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Monday, December 29, 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 Fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views of Orange County. This hike travels to the top of Loma Ridge and back down to the staging area for a total distance of 3.5 miles.

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:
Mon, 12/29/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
25 of 30
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year’s Tidepool Walk to Rocky Bight

Interpretive
Interpretive

Spend New Year’s Eve day at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a family-friendly guided tidepool walk to Rocky Bight on Wednesday, December 31 at 11am when the tide ebbs to -0.1.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at the Historic District Visitor Center (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)

Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

New Year's Tidepool Walk to Rocky Bight
Date:
Wed, 12/31/2014
Time:
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Advanced Cardio Hike Weir/ Rifle Range

Hiking & Fitness
Post Fire Recovery - Weir Canyon - March 2009

Join us for strenuous and brisk early morning hike to start the New Year in the Weir Canyon Nature Preserve This 6-mile cardio hike includes a 1100-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County, possible wildlife sightings, and the beautiful oak woodlands of lower Weir Canyon.

You must be an experienced cardio hiker in excellent physical condition to participate in this program. There are no scheduled rest stops on this six (6) mile cardio hike, and the average four (4) mile per hour pace is extremely difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting.

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

 

Advanced Cardio Hike Weir/ Rifle Range
Date:
Fri, 01/02/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
20 of 20
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First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
Buck Gully

Please join the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to help restore habitat in the Gully! Participants could engage in a range of outside activities including sowing seed and planting native plants to general site maintenance. Participants will also enjoy off-trail access and a healthy workout–all while helping improve their native community! This event will include bending and kneeling and working across steep slopes and uneven terrain. Training, tools, gloves, and chaps will be provided to help protect you from potential encounters with poison oak, bees, and rattlesnakes. Note that this event is held on the first Friday of each month.

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 01/02/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 10
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