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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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. 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, 01/29/2015
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:
17 of 30
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Fremont/Blind/Weir Loop

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us for a scenic hike in the Fremont and Weir Canyon Nature Preserves. This sporting loop hike is for physically fit hikers who relish the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. The hike is on ranch/SCE roads and offers sweeping views of Fremont Canyon and the Cleveland National Forest and passes through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon.

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

Fremont/Blind/Weir Loop
Date:
Fri, 01/30/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
17 of 20
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness
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Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike that incorporates a little more interpretation.  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.

Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Adapt or Perish Hike

Interpretive
CoastLiveOak.RoundCanyon

Enjoy the natural surroundings with us as we explore how animals and plants adapt or perish in Round Canyon. Our trail will travel over a fairly flat path, under the canopy of the majestic coast live oaks, as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This program is for participants who would like a slower pace to enjoy the beauty of the canyon. Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for this hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of the winter morning.

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

 

Adapt or Perish Hike
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 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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Celebrate Cultures in Nature – Groundhog’s Day

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Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as we celebrate different cultures together! Each month, a different culture and celebration will be highlighted, usually with the program presented in multiple languages which allows everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.

Celebrate Cultures in Nature - Groundhog's Day
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
24 of 25
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

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, 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 and on relatively level ground, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching, and fine motor skills.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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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, 01/31/2015
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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Beachside Ranger Chat

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Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live in Crystal Cove State Park at the Education Commons in the Historic District with Crystal Cove State Park Ranger Jenn. Park in the Los Trancos lot

(PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

 

Beachside Ranger Chat
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Tidepool walk to Pelican Point

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Interpretive

Enjoy a super -0.6 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, January 31 at 1:00pm.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot

(PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)  $15 day-use fee

Tidepool walk to Pelican Point
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Trails and Tales on Limestone Ridge

Equestrian
Agua Chinon – Ride to the Sinks & Box Spring Canyon

Come explore the trails on the back of your horse as you ride along Limestone Ridge in Limestone Canyon. You will take in wonderful views of Irvine Lake and the Santa Ana Mountains as you ride on the old ranch roads of rolling hills and wide canyons. While on the back of your horse, listen to tales of the trails, where the ghosts of yesteryear still haunt the hills and canyons of Orange County.

You must have your own horse. Both rider and horse must be fit for 4-plus hours over moderate terrain, including hills. Contact Bob Torrez for more information bobt@champsteel.com

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

 

Trails and Tales on Limestone Ridge
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
7 of 12
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Weekends at the Nix Nature Center: American Indian Stories, Toys & Games

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Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Join the talented Acjachemen performer, Jacque Nunez, as she transports you into the traditional life of the Acjachemen people – and into the world of our shared past. Presentation at 2:00 p.m. Make your own Acjachemen toys, games, and craft projects to take home (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)! No hiking involved. 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). Reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html Call: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3. Program: Free. Donations appreciated.

Weekends at the Nix Nature Center: American Indian Stories, Toys & Games
Date:
Sat, 01/31/2015
Time:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

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

This intermediate mountain bike ride climbs up to Loma Ridge on the paved Hicks Haul Road, with increasingly beautiful views as we ascend. It then follows Loma Ridge, offering fantastic vistas of Orange County, Irvine, and even Catalina on clear days, as well as the surrounding wildlands. From Loma Ridge we descend into Limestone Canyon and then visit The Sinks, Orange County’s own “Grand Canyon.”

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

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/01/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
4 of 20
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Birding Basics

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Explore the diverse bird populations of Upper Newport Bay with OC Parks naturalists. From seasonal migratory species to year round residents, birders of all ages will enjoy a morning outdoors on these informative, yet fun filled walks. Meet at the “Constellation Street” park entrance. Pre-registration is required- call 949-923-2275 or email unbic@ocparks.com.

Birding Basics
Date:
Sun, 02/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Hangman’s Monument Trail Improvement

Trail Work
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Join us for a morning in Limestone Canyon as we improve the habitat and trail user experience by restoring a ranch road to single track. Our main tasks will be planting shrubs & cactus pads and spreading mulch & seed.

No previous trail work experience is necessary … just the desire to work outdoors and get dirty!

Tools, gloves & light snacks will be provided. Please wear sturdy work shoes or boots, long pants, sun protection, & a hat. A small back pack is handy to carry water, gloves & snacks.

Hangman's Monument Trail Improvement
Date:
Sun, 02/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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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, 02/01/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
12 of 25
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

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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, 02/01/2015
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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