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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

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 2500 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route. Participants should be physically fit and possess above-average mountain biking skills.

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-4 activity on the land.

Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 08/20/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Please join the 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:
Wed, 08/20/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Educations Commons from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more! Check out cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos, then walk across the street or take the shuttle). $15 parking fee.

Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Wed, 08/20/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

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 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:
Wed, 08/20/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination program of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike a 1-mile loop through the canyon while finding unity with nature. We will return to our yoga mats and be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga under a canopy of sycamores while the canyon slowly calms down from the day. 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 08/20/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground). Come for the program, stay for the day. $15 day-use parking fee.

Junior Ranger Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Limestone Ride to The Sinks

Equestrian
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Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see some of the wild flowers that are native to our area.  You will also see The Sinks, a sandstone formation which is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of Orange County.”

Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse.  They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area.

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.

Limestone Ride to The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Picturing Animals & Their Habitats Kids Program

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by OC Zoo, an OC Parks facility. Create your own animal scrapbook and learn different art techniques. Part of class takes place out in the zoo and is taught by artist docents. Includes meeting a zoo animal up close! Class is for 5-8 year olds. Class fee is $5 per child (one parent included). Parking fee is $3. Registration is required. Please call 714-973-6846 to register.

Picturing Animals & Their Habitats Kids Program
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
5
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Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking
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Explore Limestone Canyon by night on this intermediate mountain bike night ride. We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks, and along Limestone Ridge or Limestone Valley, depending on the group. Please plan for a distance between 10 and 15 miles. Hopefully we will see some wildlife, but we certainly will have an adventure!

Trails include natural hazards such as sand, tree roots, exposed rocks, and ruts.  Expect several steep climbs on this 12-mile ride with an elevation gain of 2,600 feet.  This night ride is for experienced adult riders.  Lights required.

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.

Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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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.

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.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 08/21/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Shoestring/Sandtrap/Limestone Ridge Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Limestone Canyon - Spring 2009

Join us for a brisk early morning hike in the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.  This 10.5-mile loop hike includes a 1,700-foot elevation change and is for physically fit hikers who relish the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.  The hike offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains as well as possible wildlife sightings.

Please bring a minimum of 70 oz. water and trail snacks.  Come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed toed hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for the half-day hike in this wilderness area. Each participant must carry his or her own pack and water.  Under-prepared participants may be denied access to this program.

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.

Shoestring/Sandtrap/Limestone Ridge Loop Hike
Date:
Fri, 08/22/2014
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Introduction to the Birds in Limestone Canyon

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Come enjoy the birds on this bird walk in beautiful Limestone Canyon. We will walk along our trail as it warms up to the summer day filled with chattering birds. Using binoculars, we will explore the tallest trees to the lowest shrubs for our local song birds and soaring raptors. This program is focused on observing the basic mechanics of viewing the birds by looking for the bird’s body shape and size along with their lovely song. Come prepared for a morning of exploring this delightful nature preserve and its abundant bird life. All level of bird viewing is encouraged. Please bring your binoculars, but if you do not own any, we will provide some for you.

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 the Birds in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 08/22/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a summer campfire program and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove state Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground).

Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Fri, 08/22/2014
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

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 the surrounding Orange County landscape.

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, 08/23/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Long Distance Hike in the Back Country

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2 to 3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. 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). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324.. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
15
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Soaring Birds in Fremont

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Join us in remote and beautiful Fremont Canyon to observe the majestic hawks, vultures, and other varied bird life that frequents the canyon and nearby ridge tops. We will begin our birding adventure at the bottom of the canyon and work our way up to the top to gain sweeping views of the surrounding area. The canyon is home to a wide variety of bird life including California quail, cactus wren, white-tailed kite, phainopepla,  acorn woodpecker and many others. From our higher observation point, we will  look down on the larger birds as they soar and catch the thermals along the ridge below us. Remember to bring binoculars, sun protection, and plenty of water. This is a moderately strenuous hike with an intense elevation gain in a short distance.

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.

Soaring Birds in Fremont
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
10
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The Natural History of Baker Canyon

Interpretive
Succulent Lupines, Lupinus succulentus

Enjoy views of the Santa Ana mountains, as well the wildflowers and plants of oak-shaded Baker Canyon as you learn why so many different plants and animals call this place home. Part of this 3.5-mile hike ascends a ridge with a few steep sections (500 feet of total elevation change), so come prepared with water , sun protection, and a spirit of adventure!

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 Natural History of Baker Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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ROOTS

Stewardship

Monthly ROOTS events provide volunteers the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the restoration process. We remove invasive plants, plant native plants (during the winter rainy season), irrigate native plants, and perform other restoration site maintenance as needed. This is a special opportunity to meet other community members and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Upper Newport Bay!

Tools, gloves, training, and drinking water are provided at each event. Volunteers should be prepared to work outdoors with long pants, close-toed shoes, and sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle to help us reduce waste produced by our events.

ROOTS
Date:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, 08/23/2014
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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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:
Sat, 08/23/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
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