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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Better Birding Basics: Birds and Habitats

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hawks birds

Agua Chinon is a special place for our local birds. This sensitive habitat is undergoing big restoration efforts, including extra watering, which provides an abnormal amount of extra moisture for the area. Find out what which birds call this canyon and other habitats home during our bird migration season. Join a group of bird lovers welcoming back our winter birds as we look for possible late migrants visiting this sensitive habitat. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, along with sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen. Bring your binoculars, or some are available for your use.

This program is part of Better Birding Basic series. You can attend all three as a series or choose to attend one individually.

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

Better Birding Basics: Birds and Habitats
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Fitness Hike at Willow

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks.Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. 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.

Fitness Hike at Willow
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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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.

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

Limestone Ride to The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 10/23/2014
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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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.

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, 10/23/2014
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, October 24, 2014

Habitat Restoration in Santiago Creek – Invasive Tree Removal

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please joining Irvine Ranch Land Stewards in removing invasive plants and trees along the Silverado Creek bed at the mouth of Fremont Canyon. This particular area is important as it is new to the restoration process, so you can be part of helping and watching the land transition.

This event is perfect for anyone wanting to get involved in restoration projects. Tools, gloves, instruction, and guidance will be provided. Please note this activity requires some strenuous work, bending over, and walking along a somewhat rocky creek bed.

Habitat Restoration in Santiago Creek - Invasive Tree Removal
Date:
Fri, 10/24/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Bouncing Bats

Interpretive
Yiking!  (yoga + hiking)

As the day starts to settle into night, our daytime animals shift over to our nighttime critters.  Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammal, the bat. We will head out towards a popular roasting location to watch for our nighttime wonders start their night adventures. Please dress warmly as it may be chilly at night. A camping chair is welcome as we will enjoy an extended period of time watching the bats fly about the night.

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

Bouncing Bats
Date:
Fri, 10/24/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – 6 mile version

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: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop - 6 mile version
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Long Distance Hike in the Back Country

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. 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 2-3 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. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Trail Run to The Sinks and Box Springs

Hiking & Fitness
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Discover part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks on an easy-paced trail RUN for participants in great running shape.  Run up Agua Chinon canyon to The Sinks viewpoint, and then continue to Box Springs for an approximate total distance of  10.5 miles, and an elevation gain of 2,100 feet.

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.

Trail Run to The Sinks and Box Springs
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Bird Walk in Limestone Canyon

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon as we observe the many species of birds found in this canyon’s diverse habitats. Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve is home to red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, white-tailed kite, scrub jay, acorn woodpecker, California towhee and many others. Discover why their home is a protected wilderness area. Remember to wear sunscreen, bring plenty of water, and bring your binoculars. Spare binoculars are available.

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

 

Bird Walk in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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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 to moderate, but may require some bending, stooping, kneeling or crouching.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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What’s in Your Backyard: Round Canyon

Interpretive
You’re the Naturalist:  Round Canyon

There are critters in your backyard: big ones, little ones, furry ones,ones with feathers, and ones with scales. They go about their business and pay little attention to you. In fact, they’d rather not be bothered unless you were a tempting morsel of food. Round Canyon is teeming with wildlife, and waiting for you to experience the solitary bobcat, the elusive ring tailed cat, the mighty great horned owl, playful ground squirrels among many others.

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.

What's in Your Backyard:  Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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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, 10/25/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Water
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Trails and Tales on Loma Ridge

Equestrian
Cattle to Conservation

Come explore the trails on the back of your horse as you ride along Loma 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 3-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 Loma Ridge
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
Time:
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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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, 10/25/2014
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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.

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

 

Starry, Starry Night
Date:
Sat, 10/25/2014
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, October 26, 2014

Birding Adventure

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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 on the last Sunday of the month starting at 8:00 AM.

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, 10/26/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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