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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Sandstone Formation from HHR 2014

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, 09/23/2014
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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Beginners’ Fitness Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Donation: $2/person.

Beginners' Fitness Hike
Date:
Tue, 09/23/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
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Native Plant Nursery: Monthly Stewardship

Stewardship
1

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, 09/23/2014
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, 09/23/2014
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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Wednesday, September 24, 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. This ride adds some extra bonus miles to the typical loop in Santiago Oaks.  It is strenuous and over difficult terrain through three canyons in the northern part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. You will ride past the coal mine in Fremont Canyon, through upper and lower Blind Canyon, and through historic Weir Canyon and then Santiago Oaks. This ride travels along fire roads with multiple strenuous climbs.

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.

 

 

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon / Santiago Oaks
Date:
Wed, 09/24/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Mid-Week Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
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Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash. Possible destinations on this route include The Sinks, Box Springs, Loma Ridge, and Limestone Canyon.

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.

Mid-Week Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Wed, 09/24/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
16

Please join the 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, seed processing, 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.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 09/24/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

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, 09/24/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
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!

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:
Wed, 09/24/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination program of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike a 1-mile loop through the canyon while finding unity with nature. We will return to our yoga mats and be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga under a canopy of sycamores while the canyon slowly calms down from the 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 09/24/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fremont-to-Tecate Mountain Bike Ride: Out and Back

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this fast-paced advanced ride.  Fremont Canyon remains one of the most wild places in Orange County, with a diversity of rare plants and animals, and this ride includes natural trail hazards such as sand, tree roots, ruts, and exposed rocks.

PLEASE NOTE: there are multiple steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 1800 feet over 12 miles.  This hard ride is for expert adult-only riders in excellent physical condition who will be rewarded with the remote wonders of Fremont Canyon. Lights required for last part of the ride.

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.

Fremont-to-Tecate Mountain Bike Ride: Out and Back
Date:
Thu, 09/25/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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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.

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, 09/25/2014
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, September 26, 2014

Meditating in Nature

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Relax in nature. Enjoy walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and flashlight. 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, 09/26/2014
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Saturday, September 27, 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:
Sat, 09/27/2014
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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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, 09/27/2014
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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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.

Remember, even though this is a slower cardio hike, it is still faster than a walk. You must be able to hike the entire time 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.

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 09/27/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Habitat Restoration in Santiago Creek, Invasive Tree Removal

Stewardship
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Please join in and help Irvine Ranch Conservancy Land Stewards with manual removal of invasive pants and trees in the Santiago Creek area. We will be working in the wash areas and this activity requires strength and bending over to remove larger tree/plant growth.

 Habitat Restoration in Santiago Creek,  Invasive Tree Removal
Date:
Sat, 09/27/2014
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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Buck Gully Reserve Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Buck Gully

Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. Beginning from the Oasis Senior Center, we’ll hike up through the almost 3-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for a bit, stopping at Canyon Watch Park where we will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail.

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.

Buck Gully Reserve Loop Hike
Date:
Sat, 09/27/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Let’s Go Hiking!

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. 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.

Let's Go Hiking!
Date:
Sat, 09/27/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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, seed processing, 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.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 09/27/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
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