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.

Click here to learn more about IRC-Certified Volunteers.    •   Click here to learn more about the Difficulty Ratings.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fremont to Weir Canyon Hike

Hiking & Fitness
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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, 07/29/2016
Time:
6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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CANCELLED: Start some seedlings! Friday Nursery Day at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
nursey work close up

Curious about how to grow native plants? Want to try it out? Come join us at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine for a special Native Plant Nursery workday. Absolutely no experience required!

Usually we work together out in the Farm’s fields, but every now and then we can use your help to start some new seedlings (a.k.a baby plants). By winter they will be planted right here at the Native Seed Farm where they will to grow up and be ready to produce seed by next summer and fall.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity at the Native Seed Farm.

CANCELLED: Start some seedlings! Friday Nursery Day at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
kids storytime

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, 07/29/2016
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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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, 07/29/2016
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, 07/29/2016
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join a summer campfire program on Fridays, 7/15 & 7/29, at 7:30 p.m., and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove State Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground).

Campfire Program at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Fri, 07/29/2016
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Great “Catsby” of Fremont

Equestrian
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Explore historic and rugged Fremont Canyon by horseback on this interpretive equestrian program. We will look for clues and evidence left by big cats and small cats, mountain lions and bobcats, respectively. Riders will be introduced to the wildlife that roam this area and the clues they leave behind.

You must have your own fit horse capable of traveling three hours in a wilderness setting. This program covers 7 miles with a 1400-foot elevation change. Bring plenty of water for you and your horse for three hours of riding.

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

The Great "Catsby" of Fremont
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
9 of 12
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Mountain Biking Intermediate 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, 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.

Mountain Biking Intermediate Ride Shoestring Canyon, Loma Ridge, to the Back Side of The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Baker Canyon

Come explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in your backyard! This scenic loop hike will involve a few steep climbs with a net gain of about 1000′ but you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the northeastern edge of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. On clear days you can even see Catalina Island and beyond Orange County into the Los Angeles Basin.

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

Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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, 07/30/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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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, 07/30/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 18
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Summer Stewy Montage

Want to smell the sun-dried sweetness of summertime? Want to feel the crunch of crispy golden brown pods?  Come and refresh your senses while giving back to Nature! Absolutely no experience required.

Sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine.  You will be harvesting seeds from our quirky native Summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushions and Heart-leaved Beard Tongue. Just bring a reusable water bottle for yourself,  and all tools and training with be provided.  You will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work!

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
6 of 15
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Monthly Beach Cleanup

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join the Office of Natural Resources, Recreation and Senior Services at the City of Newport Beach as we clean up our beaches and waterways of trash! Monthly Beach Cleanups are held the last Saturday of every month (except September, when we get together on the third Saturday for California Coastal Cleanup Day) from 9 a.m.-noon. Our location varies each month from beaches to inland areas, but all are within Newport Beach. Anyone is welcome to participate! Bags and gloves are supplied but participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable buckets and gloves to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that will be used.

For further information or questions, please contact marineeducation@newportbeach.ca.gov.

Monthly Beach Cleanup
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
City of Newport Beach – Beaches and Parks
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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‘Follow the Sun’ Summer Art Show and Sale

Special Events
Special Events

Join Crystal Cove Alliance for “Follow the Sun” Summer Art Show & Sale at the Crystal Cove State park Historic District on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 25 California Plein Air artists will display paintings capturing the beauty of Crystal Cove State Park. Park in the Los Trancos Lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos, then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max: $15).

'Follow the Sun' Summer Art Show and Sale
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Kayak Tour

Water
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The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Saturday. 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, 07/30/2016
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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Beachside Ranger Chat

Interpretive
Interpretive

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, July 16 & 30, from noon-3 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons, where Park Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat.  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15). For more information, click here.

Beachside Ranger Chat
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the Orchard Hills loop trail. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline.

The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. The effort is rewarded with a beautiful, unobstructed view to the west. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not suitable for children under 12.

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

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
13 of 25
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Family Hike: Agua Chinon

Interpretive
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradual climb of 500 ft elevation of  as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer.  This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.

This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced gradual climb hike. Hikers should be in good health able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening.

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

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Blacklighting for National Moth Week

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Celebrate National Moth Week and join us as we watch for insects visiting our black-light station. We will begin the evening with a short, easy walk over uneven terrain (1.5 miles), enjoy a short slide presentation and craft projects, and wait for insects to visit the black light throughout the evening. Ages 8 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.

Blacklighting for National Moth Week
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Día de los Amigos

Interpretive
Round Canyon hike

Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as we celebrate different cultures together! Each month, a different culture and celebration will be highlighted, usually with the program presented in multiple languages which allows everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.

This month we will focus on the international day of friends with Día del Amigos! This fun day began in the late 1950’s in South American countries such as Paraguay, Peru and Brazil. Today this event still occurs each year to celebrate our friendships with one another. See how you can be a friend to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as you explore the trails with your friends!

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

Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Día de los Amigos
Date:
Sat, 07/30/2016
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
25 of 25
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