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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Friday, October 31, 2014

Bats, Cats, & Spiders – Preschool Program

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come learn about creatures that are associated with Halloween! Class includes hands-on learning, fun, spooky crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close.
Ages: 3-4 years old ONLY.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 714-973-6846.
Program fee: $5 per child (includes ONE adult). Parking fee: $3

Bats, Cats, & Spiders - Preschool Program
Date:
Fri, 10/31/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
OC Zoo
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
3
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Halloween Hike and Star Gazing

Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Join Laguna Coast Wilderness Park staff for a slow 3.8-mile Halloween Hike over sometimes steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). If the sky is clear, we will do some stargazing from the ridge. For those whooooo are not afraid of the dark…Ages 12 and up. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes, water, snack and dress in layers, as the canyon can get cold at night. 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.

Halloween Hike and Star Gazing
Date:
Fri, 10/31/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
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Saturday, November 1, 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.

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

Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon

Special Events
Irvine Ranch Open Space - Black Star Canyon

Come explore the beauty in Black Star Canyon! Enjoy self-guided access in magnificent Black Star and Baker Canyons. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use for all you trail lovers!

EVENT HOURS: 8am – 2pm

Registration opens at 8am

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day - Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Category:
Special Events
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
equestrian

Equestrian Trail Riders, this one is for you! Enjoy self-guided access in magnificent Black Star Canyon. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use. Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse. Riders must also have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area.

Registration opens 8am

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day - Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Interpretive
Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Join a Naturalist starting at Shellmaker Island for a walk along Back Bay Drive.  There are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl, and other birds while learning about this important estuary.  Please call 949 923-2269 for reservations which are encouraged, and directions.  Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them.

Back Bay Drive Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon, Guided Walk

Interpretive
Black Star Canyon hike

Join us for a nature talk and guided walk during Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon, Guided Walk. This month we will offer an exploration to animal bone and skulls in Baker Canyon. Come spend the morning examining critter skulls and how they work, create a clay skull craft, and then enjoy a meandering walk along coastal sage scrub through a meadow.

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day - Black Star Canyon, Guided Walk
Date:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
Kayak Tour

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:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Water
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike

Interpretive
Family Hike

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC parks. Come and enjoy an easy, 2-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Starting at Nix Nature Center we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park under a canopy of oaks to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; 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.

Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 11/01/2014
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon

This intermediate mountain bike ride climbs up to Loma Ridge on the paved Hicks Haul Road, with increasingly beautiful views as we ascend. It then follows Loma Ridge, offering fantastic vistas of Orange County, Irvine, and even Catalina on clear days, as well as the surrounding wildlands. From Loma Ridge we descend into Limestone Canyon and then visit The Sinks, Orange County’s own “Grand Canyon.”

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

 

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Hicks Haul Road to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 11/02/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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Zumba

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

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, 11/02/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
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Kayak Tour

Water
Kayak Tour

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, 11/02/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Category:
Water
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
Dripping Springs Pic (2)

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 as well as watering the approximately 2000 native grass plugs and container plants 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 hike to beautiful 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 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.

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Sun, 11/02/2014
Time:
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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 and a pillow. 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:
Sun, 11/02/2014
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Monday, November 3, 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, 11/03/2014
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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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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, 11/04/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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