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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Backcountry Patrol

Stewardship
Stewardship

Seeking Ranger Reserves and OC Parks Volunteers to assist with backcountry patrol of park trails. Patrolling the trails is at times is strenuous and will include passing out maps, educating public about importance of keeping their dogs on a leash and making a presence on the trails. Other duties may include repairing broken fencing, checking for graffiti and investigating illegal trail use in Weir canyon.

Backcountry Patrol
Date:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
16
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Tai Chi in the Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
The Natural History of Baker Canyon

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves and we will then learn and practice the Yang style.

The first hour will be dedicated to beginning students learning the first set and the second hour focuses on the advanced students to study the 2nd and 3rd sets.  All participants are welcome to either participate or observe both sessions as the gate will be closed for the 2 hour duration.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land.
Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Tecate Cypress Stewardship

Stewardship
Tecate Cypress (3)

The Tecate Cypress is a rare species found only in southern California and northern Baja California. Unfortunately, the northern most population in the Santa Ana Mountains is in severe decline due to too-frequent wildfires. In effort to protect this rare species, locally genetic trees have been planted in Fremont Canyon, in close proximity to the staging area. Join us as we deeply water and weed around the young trees. Your work will ensure the newly-planted Tecate has all they need to thrive, and will directly help the effort to ensure the persistence of this unique forest community here in Orange County!

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

Tecate Cypress Stewardship
Date:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Reach for the Heights with Martin Luther King

Interpretive
flag-cave

Led by OC Parks staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Hike up Little Sycamore trail with your family and friends, elevated by the words of our brave, brilliant and compassionate American hero, Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us at 10:00 am for a group hike – or drop in between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm to hike on your own, reading inspirational quotes along the way to lift your spirits as you climb. From the ridge, enjoy the view. This moderate 2-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 400-ft. elevation gain. Sign-up online for the group hike: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions call: 949-497-8324.

Reach for the Heights with Martin Luther King
Date:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center

Stewardship
Stewardship

Allow Park Rangers to keep the beautiful Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center open for public enjoyment. Volunteers will monitor visitors and keep attendance. Building is climate controlled.

No experience is necessary. If you have not volunteered in this position before you will need to attend a brief nature center training 30 minutes prior to the start of your shift. Please contact Ranger Shelly Meneely to set up training – Shelly.Meneely@ocparks.com or (714) 973-6623.

Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center
Date:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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CANCELLED: Youth Action Team Stewardship at Quail Hill

Stewardship
YAT AUG 11-12 #2

The Youth Action Team, an after school community-service based program throughout the City of Irvine regularly volunteers their time to steward the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This week, middle school students will spend their morning helping to enhance Quail Hill! Stewardship activities can include planting native species and weeding off of the Quail Hill loop trail, nursery work, watering and more. Please help lead this group and provide a wonderful experience they will never forget!

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

CANCELLED: Youth Action Team Stewardship at Quail Hill
Date:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness HHR 20120822

Join us every Monday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the winter, hikers will enjoy panoramic city lights view 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 and red lens flashlight. It can get very cool. Please dress warmly, but in layers as you will warm-up while hiking.

 

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, 01/16/2017
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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:
Mon, 01/16/2017
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Early Morning Fitness Hike in Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
OH_morninghike

Enjoy the early morning with a hike around an avocado orchard and up to the base of Changala’s Pass on preserved land located at the north end of the City of Irvine. The orchards present plentiful shade, perfect for human and wildlife visitors, and also views of Palos Verdes and Catalina when weather is clear. Commonly seen wildlife include Red-tailed hawks, mule deer and coyotes, often heard in the distance. Beginning at 7:00 am provides a wonderfully cool start to your day.

Elevation gain is substantial within our 3 mile route, including a few steep climbs. Please wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen, bring water and a hat. On the way, you will see several diverse habitats—coastal sage scrub, grassland, orchard, and riparian—making this location a very special place to visit within the Ranch.

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

Early Morning Fitness Hike in Orchard Hills
Date:
Tue, 01/17/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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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.

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.

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 01/17/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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! Activities may include planting native plants along the trail side, weeding out non-native invasive species and watering newly planted plants.  Your effort will help to create 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:
Tue, 01/17/2017
Time:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fox Run Trail Improvement

Trail Work
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Join us for a morning of trail work to complete the recent overhaul of of Shady Canyon’s remote Fox Run trail. We will be building drains and removing ruts using hand tools like pick mattocks and McLeods.  This program has a difficulty rating of 5 because it includes a steep 1 mile hike in and out of the work site carrying tools. Participants will be rewarded with visit deep into Shady Canyon which usually requires a several mile hike or ride.

No previous trail work experience necessary, just a desire to work outdoors and get dirty!

All tools, water and lights snacks will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots, long pants and sun protection.

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

Fox Run Trail Improvement
Date:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
2 of 4
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Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
AguaChinon.MidWeek

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. 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-4 activity on the land.

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
8 of 20
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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:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
10 of 15
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Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk

Hiking & Fitness
4.15.2015 Yoga in Bommer Canyon 1

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, under the canopy of sycamores. Our yoga practice will be gentle in nature, moving and flowing with ease.

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 mornings 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.

Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk
Date:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
12 of 30
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Ranger Reserve/ Volunteer Interpretive School Program

Interpretive
Interpretive

Interpretive program for Foothill Ranch Elementary School Kindergartner classes. The students will be taking a hike on Borrego Canyon Trail and learning about the local ecosystem in the park which includes flora and fauna. The program will take place January 18th and 19th for five classes of 30 children each.

Ranger Reserve/ Volunteer Interpretive School Program
Date:
Wed, 01/18/2017 - Thu, 01/19/2017
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
5
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness Hike 20120731

Join us every Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the winter, hikers will enjoy panoramic city lights view 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 and red lens flashlight. It will be dark and can become very cool. Please dress warmly, but in layers as you will warm-up while hiking.

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:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
13 of 30
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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:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
18 of 25
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Ranger Reserve Monthly Meeting

Stewardship
Stewardship

Ranger Reserve Monthly Meeting – Mandatory.

Ranger Reserve Monthly Meeting
Date:
Wed, 01/18/2017
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Ranch Historical Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
OH_NatureHike

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. Portions of the hike will take us around an avocado orchard that borders on the natural open space. Far-reaching views from the highest point reward your effort.

Please be prepared with plenty of water and closed toe sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen and all other necessary elements to keep you healthy on the trail. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills
Date:
Thu, 01/19/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 20
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