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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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:
Wed, 11/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
1 of 11
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga program in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local meadow 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, as the canyon slowly warms up to the day.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat to rest on the dirt. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended, in addition to two towels for yoga positioning assistance. Some mornings 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.

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.

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 11/26/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
17 of 25
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
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Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity from 10 am to 4 pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation. Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle. There is a $15 day use fee.

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 11/26/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Hicks Haul Road

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!

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 11/26/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
4 of 30
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Wobble Walk

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner on this slow-paced, 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with OC Parks staff. 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. Sign-up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-923-2235. Parking: $3. Program: $2/person.

Wobble Walk
Date:
Fri, 11/28/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
10
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Orange Friday at Irvine Regional Park

Special Events
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After overeating and hitting up the post-Thanksgiving sales, come out to the park to burn off some extra calories and get in the holiday spirit! OC Parks invites you to the first “Orange Friday” at Irvine Regional Park.

Orange Friday at Irvine Regional Park
Date:
Fri, 11/28/2014
Time:
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Intro Cardio Fitness: 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.

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.

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 11/29/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 25
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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, 11/29/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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Beachside Ranger Chat

Interpretive
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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). $15 day use fee.

Beachside Ranger Chat
Date:
Sat, 11/29/2014
Time:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Western History Ride into Limestone

Equestrian
Cattle to Conservation

Explore Limestone Canyon on horseback while learning some of the history of the Irvine Ranch. This docent-led equestrian ride will visit scenic locations such as The Sinks and Box Springs while sharing stories about earlier times on the ranch. This former ranchland, now preserved as a beautiful National Natural Landmark, is home for red-tailed hawks, mule deer, mountain lion, oak woodlands and coastal sage, and provides the backdrop to this historical equestrian tour.

You must have your own horse fit for 3.5 hours over moderate terrain.

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

Western History Ride into Limestone
Date:
Sat, 11/29/2014
Time:
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
7 of 12
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Weekends at the Nix Nature Center: American Indian Stories, Toys & Games

Interpretive
Interpretive

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 or give as gifts (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)! No hiking involved. Reservations required: 949-923-2235. 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, 11/29/2014
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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Family Hike – Round Canyon

Interpretive

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike.

Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of the early evening.

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-2 activity on the land.

Family Hike - Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/29/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
17 of 25
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Birding Adventure

Interpretive
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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, 11/30/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Autumn is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family-friendly 3-mile family hike to learn about the plants and animals living in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) $15 day use fee.

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sun, 11/30/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Stinkwort Pull at O’Neill Regional Park

Stewardship
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Join forces with OC Parks, the Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and Irvine Ranch Conservancy at O’Neill Regional Park to remove a stand of one of our newest invasive plants! Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens) is a late summer annual that invades grasslands and can spread quickly. Each plant produces thousands of seeds that are easily dispersed along trails and roads. This population – the first in Orange County – was found just last month by local plant expert Bob Allen. Volunteers are needed to help remove this invasive plant before the plant drops its seeds and spreads further. Participants should wear long shirt, sturdy shoes, sun protection, and bring water.

Stinkwort Pull at O’Neill Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 11/30/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
O’Neill Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
15 of 20
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
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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!

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, 11/30/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
15 of 25
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Monday, December 1, 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 Fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views of Orange County. This hike travels to the top of Loma Ridge and back down to the staging area for a total distance of 3.5 miles.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 12/01/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
23 of 30
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon / Santiago Oaks

Mountain Biking
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Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers on this guided mountain bike ride along the Fremont/Blind/Weir Loop trail in the northern part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The ride adds extra miles to the typical loop in Santiago Oaks, and travels along fire roads with multiple, strenuous climbs over difficult terrain  past the coal mine in Fremont Canyon, through upper and lower Blind Canyon, and through historic Weir Canyon to Santiago Oaks.

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

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon / Santiago Oaks
Date:
Wed, 12/03/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
15 of 20
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