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.

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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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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.

Remember, this cardio hike is much faster than a walk, and features a 1,300-foot elevation change. You must be able to hike uphill at an average pace of 3.5-to-4 mph without stopping.  Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

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.

Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sun, 08/24/2014
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Tracks and Tales by Horseback in Fremont

Equestrian
Cattle to Conservation

Explore historic and rugged Fremont Canyon by horseback on this interpretive equestrian program. Riders will be introduced to the nature and history of the area through clues left behind wildlife,  as well as through stories of various illustrious pioneers.

You must have your own fit horse capable of traveling three hours in a wilderness setting. This program covers 7 miles with a 1400-foot elevation change. Bring plenty of water for you and your horse.

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.

Tracks and Tales by Horseback in Fremont
Date:
Sun, 08/24/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

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.

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.

Zumba
Date:
Sun, 08/24/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
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:
Sun, 08/24/2014
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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J.O.Y. for Nature: Fire Fighting Friends

Interpretive
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Long dry summers flare up the concern for autumn wildfires here in southern California. While fire is a much needed element to help plants bloom and to keep our habitats healthy, too much fire can be a dangerous thing. Discover how Wildland Fire Fighters combat fires and help mend our native landscape. We will have a chance to see some of their fire gear up close, test our ecology skills in a healthy fire habitat test and explore the trails for evidence of previous fires on the land.

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: Fire Fighting Friends
Date:
Sun, 08/24/2014
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
9
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Monday, August 25, 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 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 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:
Mon, 08/25/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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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. The road is paved and the terrain is smooth, so this is a great walk for anyone who wants a “wilderness experience” without getting dirty!

We will have two fairly steep hill ascents and descents. Along the way, you will have sweeping views of much of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. Various animals, like hawks, deer, and lizards are also frequently seen in this area.

Walkers should be confident in their ability to hike 3, 6, or 8 miles at a steady pace. Ages 16 and up. Low interpretation.

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-3/4 activity on the land.

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 08/26/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Native Plant Nursery: Monthly Stewardship

Stewardship
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Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our native plant nursery, situated within the Native Seed Farm at Orchard Hills. Participants will be assisting with the growing of native plants to be used in habitat restoration throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Tasks may include; propagation from seed and cuttings, transplanting, thinning of seedlings, and general nursery maintenance. We will learn and practice many cultivation techniques that can be applied to the home garden or landscape. Work will be easy to moderate.

Native Plant Nursery: Monthly Stewardship
Date:
Tue, 08/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Tuesday Evening Hike- Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Wind down your day with a hike in the beautiful Irvine open space. Enjoy the evening while hiking the East Fork and Ridge Route loop. This hike is just over 3 miles and experiences 700 feet of total climbing elevation including several short, steep inclines. Please be prepared with plenty of water and closed toe, sturdy shoes. The evenings are full of fun sounds and smells and this will be a great way to decompress after a busy 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.

Tuesday Evening Hike- Bommer Canyon
Date:
Tue, 08/26/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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