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.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride in Fremont and Weir Canyons

Mountain Biking

This mountain bike  ride will take us through the trails leading past the coal mine in Fremont Canyon, through upper and lower Blind Canyon, and through historic Weir Canyon. As an added bonus we will visit the Tecate Forest.  This advanced mountain bike ride is an 18 mile ride over difficult terrain and participants should have considerable experience riding rocky, rutted, sandy, trails with significant elevation gains.

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 in Fremont and Weir Canyons
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
17 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
12 of 20
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3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Help is needed in Peters Canyon Regional Park during the monthly “3rd Sunday Restoration Day.” Volunteers will remove invasive and non-native plants, plant native plants and shrubs, and water existing native plants to help maintain the health of the local ecosystem and the aesthetics of the much-loved trail system.

All tools and training will be provided. This event will include bending and kneeling. Please bring sun protection and appropriate attire and footwear for working outdoors.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings 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.

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
16 of 25
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
zumba fitness workout

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.

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, 04/19/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
16 of 25
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come visit the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach at the Back Bay Science Center every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to experience the beauty of Upper Newport Bay while touring a research and education facility! Explore tidepool touch tanks, observe coastal bay and estuary birds, or examine some biofacts in the Teaching Lab. Open to all ages.  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
Water

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, 04/19/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
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Please join IRC staff as we convert Dripping Springs ranch road into a single track trail! For this event we will be weeding invasive plants and watering the approximately 2000 native grasses and shrubs along the new trail sides, providing a beautiful clear path for people as well as important habitat for wildlife. Spend the day working through grassland, coastal sage scrub, and woodland habitats and then hike to Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and then down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face. This unique feature supports many rare plants and animals in the area. No previous experience is needed; however we will be hiking approximately 2.5 miles with heavy tools. Thank you for your continued support of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

Please review the Difficulty Ratings 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.

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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Historic District Tour

Interpretive
Interpretive

Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, April 19, from 12:00-2pm.  Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue, and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages.  Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage.  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Historic District Tour
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Painting in Baker Canyon

Interpretive
Baker Canyon

Discover the wonderful array of colors that are hidden in the breathtaking landscape of Baker Canyon!  Capture the afternoon light in the hills with your paints, pastels or pencils.  Please bring your canvas, artist tools, and medium of choice that can be carried over uneven terrain for 1 – 2 miles.  Also, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.  This program is for participants who are interested in creating artwork in the canyon, with zero art direction. Instruction will be limited to a brief history of the area as well as recommended locations to capture the beauty of Baker.

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

Painting in Baker Canyon
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
0 of 20
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Afternoon Photo Journey – Limestone Canyon & Loma Ridge Backcountry

Interpretive

Join us in the backcountry wilderness for a journey filled with beautiful sights and photographic and artistic sketching opportunities. Our journey begins in the afternoon, deep in a secluded canyon, where time is measured in centuries, even millennia, in the sandstone cliffs of this ancient place called Limestone Canyon.

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

Afternoon Photo Journey - Limestone Canyon & Loma Ridge Backcountry
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 12
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Bluffs Walk at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Walk along the beautiful bluffs at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, April 19 at 5:30pm with a volunteer park naturalist through the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community, one of the rarest, and most threatened in the world.  Enjoy the bluff top trail and then the beach arriving back at the parking lot as the sun dips into the ocean. Wear sunscreen, a hat and shoes that will be comfortable both on pavement and sand.  Bring a light jacket, plenty of water, a snack, and don’t forget your camera!  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)  $15 day-use fee

Bluffs Walk at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sun, 04/19/2015
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
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Monday, April 20, 2015

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 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, 04/20/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 of 25
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Tuesday Morning Hike on HHR leaving the staging area. 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.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings 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, 04/21/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
15 of 30
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Equestrian Ride in Weir Canyon

Equestrian
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Ride through historic Weir Canyon and reflect on Orange County’s rich history of transportation trails in this area. This trail is part of the storied trail route that oxen teams traveled on during the 1800s carrying hides to market in San Juan Capistrano. Weir Canyon is home to the largest and healthiest oak woodlands in the county, along with an abundance of rare habitats and wildlife. Enjoy the deep canyons, steep hillsides and great swaths of grasslands, and deep canyons.

You will need to transport your own fit horse to the staging area. Equestrians with trail riding experience, a fit and able horse, and the ability to trailer to the staging area are welcome to join the ride. Owners of unshod horses, please note that footing may include areas of gravel and pavement.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings  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.

Equestrian Ride in Weir Canyon
Date:
Tue, 04/21/2015
Time:
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
12 of 12
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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 in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon.

This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is done at a moderate pace of approximately 3 mph. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes. Hike distance is 10-12 miles.

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

Mid-Week Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Wed, 04/22/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
24 of 25
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 04/22/2015
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
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

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 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, 04/22/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
15 of 30
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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga 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 calms down from 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 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 04/22/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Birds and Bloom in Spring

Interpretive
hummingbird bird flower

April is the peak blooming month for many flowering plants on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. From deep purple lupine to vibrant orange poppies, the hills come alive with flowers. Spring is also a time when migrating birds are continuing to fly through southern California during their return from winter migrations. On this walk, we will identify some of the wildflowers and  birds that we find along the trail, and consider how important they are to each other during this time of year. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, along with with sun protection such as a hat and sunscreen. Bring your binoculars, or you may borrow ours.

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

Birds and Bloom in Spring
Date:
Thu, 04/23/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
18 of 25
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Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

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.

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, 04/23/2015
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:
22 of 30
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