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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Limestone

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride moved to Limestone from Fremont due to Trail Conditions in Fremont. Please notice new description.

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore Limestone Canyon on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails on this fast-paced, advanced ride.  This ride will reward with beautiful views, wildflowers and 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 very steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 2,200 feet over 14 miles.  This hard ride is for expert adult-only riders in excellent physical condition.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings to help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-5 activity on the land.

Advanced  Mountain Bike Ride Limestone
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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 during the 5 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: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Cardio Hike: Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Agua Chinon and Limestone Canyon trails. The hike winds through the Agua Chinon wash and into Limestone, with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and the Sinks, and on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike will travel at a very fast pace for a total of 10-12 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2200 ft. plus). Those in very good physical shape will enjoy this cardio fitness opportunity. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, sunglasses and bring plenty of water. Hiking poles are welcome as well. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event. 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-5 activity on the land.

Cardio Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Hangman’s Tree Monument Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
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Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure as we hike to the Hangman’s Tree Monument on Loma Ridge. Hike distance is 6 miles and affords fantastic views along the way, spanning the Pacific coastline, San Gabriel peaks and the Santa Ana Mountains. Several very steep climbs and descents are part of this route. We’ll accumulate almost 1800 feet of climbing elevation along this route.

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

Hangman's Tree Monument Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Nursery and Plant Care

Stewardship
nursery

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Join us at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.

Nursery and Plant Care
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
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Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty. This program is focused for older children and adults.

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

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Dig in! Plant Wildflowers at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
planting stewardship photo

Miss playing in the dirt?  Want to give back to Nature? Then sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind native seed farm in Irvine! You’ll have a chance to “dig into” this easy, satisfying work.

Together we will be planting new plants into our growing fields, and weeding to protect them while they grow. Tools, knee pads and a how-to lesson will be provided. No experience needed! Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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 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@newportbeachca.gov.

Monthly Beach Cleanup
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
City of Newport Beach – Beaches and Parks
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Stewardship
woodland gardener photo2

Santiago Oaks Regional Park needs help in caring for its beautiful woodland gardens.
No experience is necessary. Training, tools and gloves will be provided. Duties and responsibilities will vary week to week and month to month.

Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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 Sunday. 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, 02/25/2017
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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Planting a Successful Butterfly Garden

Interpretive
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“If you plant it, they will come!”
Choosing the right plants will aid in the success of your butterfly garden.

Join Park Ranger Jenn in a program that will discuss native Orange County butterflies and how to attract them.
• Optional “walk + talk” through Mason Park’s Butterfly Garden included at the end of the program.

Turn right at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot A. Meet at Shelter #2.

Rain will cancel event.

Planting a Successful Butterfly Garden
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Mason Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Program Planning

Interpretive
Interpretive

Discussing, planning and preparing for special community events at Santiago Oaks Park such as interpretive hikes and programs for the public and or volunteers. This may include creating outlines and power point presentations. Planning and preparing for interpretive hikes may include time in the field with the Park Ranger learning about the natural resources of the park and connecting to your audience through personal interpretation.

Program Planning
Date:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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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, 02/25/2017
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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:
Sat, 02/25/2017
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Fire Recovery

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Weir Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5 to 5.5 mile hike is conducted at about 3 miles per hour over mainly level trails with opportunity to do one hill with elevation gain of approx. 450 ft.

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.

Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/26/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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Birding Adventure

Interpretive
Birding Adventure 1

For those of you who are interested in a more intense bird watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of Newport Bay Conservancy’s bird experts offers a 2- to 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, 02/26/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Big Canyon Nature Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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