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-specific contact information in each event listing (click More Information for full listing). If no contact information is listed, email info@irconservancy.org for assistance.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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 (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (I-5/405 to 133 south, past El Toro Road intersection, location is on right-hand side of road). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Fitness Hike at Willow
Date:
Thu, 08/25/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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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 our 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. Junior Rangers meets on Tuesday mornings, 8/2 & 8/9, and Thursday mornings, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18 & 8/25, from 10-11 a.m.. 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, 08/25/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
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. 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. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

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, 08/25/2016
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:
Closed
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fremont to Weir Canyon Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Fremont-09

Join us for a scenic early morning hike from Fremont Canyon up and over to Weir Canyon. The hike climbs steeply from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, passing an abandoned coal mine. We’re rewarded with sweeping views of the Santa Ana Mountains before crossing through Upper Blind Canyon to reach the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon.

This hike involves several steep climbs and descents and is done at a moderate moving pace of around 3 mph. We meet and end our hike in Irvine Regional Park, parking lot #3, and will shuttle to the Fremont Staging Area to begin our hike.

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

Fremont to Weir Canyon Hike
Date:
Fri, 08/26/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
Wild Tales

In partnership with OC Parks, join Newport Bay Conservancy for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a short nature walk, and arts and crafts. $5/child, pre-registration is required by calling 949-923-2269 or info@newportbay.org. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 08/26/2016
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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Meditating in Nature

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Relax in nature this summer with park staff and volunteers. Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/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.

Meditating in Nature
Date:
Fri, 08/26/2016
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Flow Yoga in the Hills

Hiking & Fitness
yoga stretching
Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga in Orchard Hills. This vinyasa-style yoga practice will have you continuously moving and flowing through different poses which will help keep you energized and your heart rate up. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local canyons 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.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended. 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.

Flow Yoga in the Hills
Date:
Fri, 08/26/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Twilight Trek on the Mesa

Interpretive
Full Moon

As the sun sets down below the horizon, the stars begin to shine high above the canyon peaks. Come enjoy the Mesa in beautiful Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park. This trek will travel around a 2.5-mile loop trail, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the canyon at dusk and at night. This program will offer time to take in and enjoy the surrounding areas as you walk along the path to explore vistas and the stars.

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

Twilight Trek on the Mesa
Date:
Fri, 08/26/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Bouncing Bats in Black Star Canyon

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 roosting location to watch for our nighttime wonders start their night adventures. Please dress warmly as it may be chilly at 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 in Black Star Canyon
Date:
Fri, 08/26/2016
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Intermediate Bike Ride: Shoestring Canyon, Loma Ridge, to the Back Side of The Sinks

Mountain Biking

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning bike ride in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. We will visit the back side of the Sinks to gain beautiful vistas of Agua Chinon and beyond. This is a 13.5 mile ride, completed in 2 hours and includes a 2000+ foot elevation change.  This ride is for experienced, physically fit bikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.

There is one scheduled rest stop at the East Sinks Viewing Deck on this approximately  13.5  mile ride.

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

Intermediate Bike Ride: Shoestring Canyon, Loma Ridge, to the Back Side of The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 08/27/2016
Time:
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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 throughout this 6 mile hike. 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, 08/27/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Mountain Bike Clinic – Terrain Skills

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 skills developing terrain-influenced bike handling over several types of man-made features, this is the clinic for you!

Class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting with platform position and weight transfer then covering equipment basics & setup, braking, gearing and a brief bike maintenance Q&A session followed by a series of exercises demonstrating terrain-influenced bike handling over a variety of man-made features including log piles, rock step-ups, A-frames and many more. These riding techniques will be taught and practiced at the Mountain Bike Skills Development area and towards the end of the morning, participants will enjoy a short ride into Round Canyon to put their new skills to use then wrap up by discussing trail etiquette for bikes.

This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

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 Clinic - Terrain Skills
Date:
Sat, 08/27/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 18
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Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Orchard Hills and West Loma trails. The hike winds through the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and, on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike will travel at a very fast pace for a total of 10 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2600 ft. plus). Those in very good physical shape will enjoy this cardio fitness opportunity. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, sunglasses and bring plenty of water. Hiking poles are welcome as well. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event.

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

Cardio Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Sat, 08/27/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
9 of 20
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
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Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty. This program is focused for older children and adults.

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

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/27/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
11 of 20
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Geology Hike – Laurel Loop

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Geology Hike - Laurel Loop
Date:
Sat, 08/27/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Be a Steward to Santiago Creek!

Stewardship
Santiago Ck Tree Stew

Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy Land Stewards in hunting down and removing invasive woody plants like castor bean, tree tobacco, tamarisk, and Spanish broom from Santiago Creek. These plants invade stream beds and take water and space from native plants and wildlife. Volunteers have helped to restore Santiago Creek by removing most of these weeds over the last years. But we need to return every year to make sure that they don’t come back! We will be working in rocky stream beds and on uneven terrain and will use various tools to extract and treat plants. Wear sturdy shoes, sun protection and be ready for some serious searching and vigorous work, depending on how many weeds we find. Training, tools, gloves, and chaps will be provided. Activity will involve bending, stooping, kneeling, and pulling.

Be a Steward to Santiago Creek!
Date:
Sat, 08/27/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 5
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