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.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Native American Storytelling

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Acjachemen storyteller Jacque Tahuka-Nunez as she brings to life the lifestyle and culture of the local Native American people starting with basket weaving at 4pm followed by an interactive campfire program at Crystal Cove Start Park at 5pm on Saturday, November 22. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). $15 day use fee

Native American Storytelling
Date:
Sat, 11/22/2014
Time:
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike will travel at a very fast pace for a total of 10-12 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2700 ft. plus). Those in very good physical shape will enjoy this cardio fitness opportunity. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, sunglasses and bring plenty of water. Hiking poles are welcome as well. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event.

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, 11/22/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
25 of 25
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Cardio Hike: Limestone

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this fast-paced cardio hike. 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.

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

Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 11/22/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
11 of 25
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Let’s Go Hiking!

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Let’s Go Hiking!
Date:
Sat, 11/22/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
15
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Crystal Cove Backcountry Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy a guided moderate to strenuous 3-5-mile backcountry hike and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home. Meet at the Berns amplitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park). There is a $15 day-use parking fee.

Crystal Cove Backcountry Hike
Date:
Sat, 11/22/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Wildlife Observation Hike in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Animal Tracks

Fremont Canyon is a protected wilderness area that is home to a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Join us on this moderately strenuous hike to observe the varied animal tracks and bird life of remote Fremont Canyon. We will watch for animal tracks near the wash, a busy wildlife corridor, then ascend on the steep Lake View trail where we may observe red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks and turkey vultures soaring high above the cliffs of Irvine Lake. Please remember to bring plenty of water and sun protection. Binoculars are highly recommended.

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

Wildlife Observation Hike in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/22/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
17 of 25
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Tidepool walk to Pelican Point

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a guided tide pool walk to Pelican Point during low tide. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk around slippery and sharp rocks! Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the end lot). $15 day use-parking fee.

Tidepool walk to Pelican Point
Date:
Sat, 11/22/2014
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Birding Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

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, 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.

Birding Walk
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
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: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Mountain Biking
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Join us in Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks for this moderate-paced ride for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to walk more technical areas and steep descents/ascents. This “hike-a-bike” program experiences a 1500-foot elevation change over 12 miles, and is designed for those in excellent cardio condition. The ride begins at Irvine Regional Park, and travels alongside the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Road, then continues along the “Weir Loop” in Santiago Oaks Regional Park.  On the descent we will ride some hilly singletrack trails back into Irvine Park.

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

This is NOT a beginner ride. We do NOT ride on bike paths, but on hazardous rocky, rutted, sandy fire roads and singletrack trails. This is for adult riders only.

Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 20
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Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Mountain Biking
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If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing bike skills, this is the clinic for you.  IRC’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic covers the basics of equipment, bike setup, braking, gearing, bike handling, trail-side bike maintenance and trail etiquette. Riding techniques will be taught and practiced at the Mountain Bike Skills Development area.

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.

 

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
0 of 18
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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, 11/23/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
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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, 11/23/2014
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 14
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Tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a guided tide pool walk to Little Treasure Cove during low tide. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk around slippery and sharp rocks! Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, (PCH turn coastward at Newport Coast, right at the kiosk to the end lot). $15 day use-parking fee.

Tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Photography Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Learn how to take beautiful photos of the cottages, rocks, and sunset on a docent led walk at Crystal Cove State Park. Meet at the Los Trancos lot near the trailer (PCH inland at the stoplight Los Trancos). All Camera types welcome. $15 Parking Fee.

Photography Walk
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
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J.O.Y. for Nature: Magnificent Mammology

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For lovers of furry creatures of all kinds, come and explore the menagerie of mammals as we become Mammologists. We will compare and contrast the biology and behavior of Irvine Ranch Natural Landmark’s many fluffy residents – even feeling their fur and studying their bones! We will go on an exploration hike to look for some of our animal friends, their homes and their tracking evidence they leave behind.

JOY for Nature (Juniors or Youths for Nature) is a monthly series dedicated to showcasing different career opportunities in nature for youngsters. From examining tiny bugs to exploring outer space, each month will focus on a specific nature topic and how youth can explore more of that profession for school. This series is geared towards middle school young adults ages 9 – 12, who are interested in discovering different career paths in nature.

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-2 activity on the land.

J.O.Y. for Nature: Magnificent Mammology
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
9
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
11 of 25
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Starry, Starry Night

Interpretive
Starry, Starry Night

Come join us for an interactive evening under the stars.  Immerse yourself in a scaled down version of our solar system.  Test your imagination in naming the constellations.  Reenact the struggle between Orion and the Scorpion.  The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a high level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower paced hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes and bring water for the hike.

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-2 activity on the land.

Starry, Starry Night
Date:
Sun, 11/23/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
7 of 25
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Through Aqua Chinon

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Discover one of Orange County’s most pristine and beautiful canyons on this advanced mountain bike tour of the oak woodlands and scenic vistas of Agua Chinon. This 16- mile ride through Limestone’s richly diverse wilderness area includes multiple advanced-level technical single-track trails, with strenuous climbs and descents over 2100 feet of accumulated elevation.

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.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Through Aqua Chinon
Date:
Mon, 11/24/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
7 of 20
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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, 11/24/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
24 of 30
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