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, April 26, 2015

Birding Adventure

Interpretive
Birding Adventure

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For those of you who are interested in a more intense bird watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of our bird experts offers a 2 -3 hour outing at Big Canyon. Suitable for beginners and advanced birders. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Birding Adventure
Date:
Sun, 04/26/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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.

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

 

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic
Date:
Sun, 04/26/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 18
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YIKING!

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

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, 04/26/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 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!

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, 04/26/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
14 of 25
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come visit the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach at the Back Bay Science Center every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to experience the beauty of Upper Newport Bay while touring a research and education facility! Explore tidepool touch tanks, observe coastal bay and estuary birds, or examine some biofacts in the Teaching Lab. Open to all ages.  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center
Date:
Sun, 04/26/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
Water

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, 04/26/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Geology Tour

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, April 26 from 1-3pm.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time.  Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”).

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

Geology Tour
Date:
Sun, 04/26/2015
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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J.O.Y. for Nature: Secrets of the Sage

Interpretive
Kelley.with.kids

Southern California offers a wide array of habitats, with several encompassing much of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Many natural communities thrive in our arid climate, such as native grasslands, lush stream corridors, live oak woodlands, and thick chaparral. We will take a closer look as Botanists at the expansive coastal sage scrub community in Round Canyon. By exploring the many unique, rare and endangered species who call this particular habitat home we will discover the Secrets of the Sage!

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

J.O.Y. for Nature: Secrets of the Sage
Date:
Sun, 04/26/2015
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
9
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
22 of 25
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Leisure Nature Walk in Round Canyon

Interpretive
Round Canyon hike

Start your morning by warming up with an easy stroll on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will walk along a wide trail and watch the canyon wake up to the morning sun! The hike is between 2-3 miles round trip at an easy, leisurely pace, allowing plenty of time to fully enjoy the beauty of the canyon.

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

Leisure Nature Walk in Round Canyon
Date:
Mon, 04/27/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
22 of 25
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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 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 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, 04/27/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 30
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Restore Wildflowers and Wildlife in Limestone Canyon

Stewardship
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While enjoying colorful displays of wildflowers planted by Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and volunteers, additional help is needed to remove aggressive weeds that threaten to overtake these plantings in Bee Flat/Limestone Canyon. Your contributions will give wildflowers room to grow and your efforts will have a lasting impact on the landscape and the wildlife which depend on it. Participants will learn the names of common weeds and wildflowers, view wildlife, and enjoy rarely visited scenic vistas looking over Orange County, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island! All tools and training, including plant identification, will be provided. Expect a challenging and unique workout experience as this event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

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

There is a lot of area to cover and many wildflowers to save so your assistance is greatly appreciated. Hope you can join us!

Restore Wildflowers and Wildlife in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Tue, 04/28/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 of 10
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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, 04/28/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 30
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mid Week Hike – Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer.DistanceHike

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Bommer Canyon. This area was historically a center for cattle operations that occurred in the San Joaquin Hills up until the late 1990s, and is now being restored to native habitat.

This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents across a variety of trail types, including some narrow singletracks, with 2200+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is done at a moderate pace, approximately 3 mph. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes. Hiking distance is 10-12 miles.

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

Mid Week Hike - Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 04/29/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
22 of 25
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Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
ladies with seed

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving back to Nature?

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 native Spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  After a quick ride to the Farm-site in an open-air safari vehicle, you will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work!

Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 04/29/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
6 of 10
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 04/29/2015
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
Hicks Haul Rd.

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!

Please review the Difficulty Ratings 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:
Wed, 04/29/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
18 of 30
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local meadow 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, as the canyon slowly calms down from the day.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended, in addition to two towels for yoga positioning assistance. 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 04/29/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morning Nature Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space into the Northern Natural Landmark region. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water.

Maximum distance is just short of 7 miles, with some sustained climbing in one section. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and all other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.

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

Morning Nature Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Thu, 04/30/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
13 of 25
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Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

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.

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, 04/30/2015
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:
13 of 30
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Friday, May 1, 2015

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
Buck Gully

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like weeding and collecting seeds for planting can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully near Newport Beach. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

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

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 05/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
9 of 10
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