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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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mid Week Hike – Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Quail.MidWeek

Take a break and get some fresh air! Join us on a mid-week hike through scenic Quail Hill. This program is for those who just want to get out and hike away the stresses of the week. Enjoy the views and a little quiet time in Irvine’s beautiful Southern Preserve. Several single-track trails, steep climbs and descents are part of the experience. There is over 2700 ft. of climbing elevation accumulated along the route, but it is done with a moderate pace, approximately 3 mph. Distance is 10-12 miles. Bring plenty of water (48 oz. minimum) and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

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 - Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
19 of 25
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Sahara Mustard Pull in Agua Chinon

Stewardship
Agua Chinon

Sahara mustard is a nasty exotic that has invaded thousands of acres across southern California and is just beginning to encroach upon the Irvine Ranch. Now is the time to act! During the last couple years volunteers have been staying on top of small populations to prevent them from spreading. Your help is needed to pull Sahara Mustard so we can keep this weed from infesting our beautiful wild lands! This event will include bending and kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. All tools and training will be provided. We sure hope you can join us!

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Sahara Mustard Pull in Agua Chinon
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
10 of 10
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Dig in! Plant with us at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Planting montage

Want to smell things growing and stick your hands into cool, moist earth? Want to have fun while giving back to Nature?

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 helping us expand the Farm’s impact by planting new plants into our growing fields, and weeding to protect them while they grow. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  After a quick ride to the Farm-site in an open-air safari vehicle, you will get introduced to some of our beautiful native wildflowers, and then we’ll dig in! 

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Dig in! Plant with us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
7 of 10
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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 warms up to 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 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-3 activity on the land.

Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
11 of 25
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Sea Glass Jewelry

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity from 10 am to 4 pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation. Park in the Los Trancos lot – PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle. There is a $15 day use fee.

Sea Glass Jewelry
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2015
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!

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, 03/04/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
8 of 30
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge

Stewardship
Hicks Haul Rd.

Sahara mustard is a nasty exotic that has invaded thousands of acres across Southern California and is just beginning to encroach upon the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Now is the time to act! Over the last four years volunteers have been successfully fighting this plant at Loma Ridge. Your help is needed to search for and remove new mustard plants that have come up from seed so that we can keep this weed from infesting our wild lands! This event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. All training and tools will be provided. We hope you can join us!

Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge
Date:
Thu, 03/05/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
5 of 5
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Morning Nature Hike – Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer.EastFork

This week in the Irvine Open Space, we’ll be in Bommer Canyon, once part of the historic Irvine cattle ranch where corrals and ranch equipment still stand. The hike is a seven-mile loop with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking the ocean and many Irvine locales. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, hat and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.   Get your boots out and register to hike the loop through the Laguna Coast Wilderness and back to Cattle Camp.

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

Morning Nature Hike - Bommer Canyon
Date:
Thu, 03/05/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
11 of 25
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Weir Canyon to Two Towers Vista

Equestrian
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Be prepared to experience the beauty and wonder of Weir Canyon, steeped in history and lore, on this morning equestrian ride.  The ride will travel through Weir Canyon, where the trail weaves its way through a beautiful oak woodland inhabited by deer, coyote, bobcat, and many different birds. You will travel the route of the Butterfield Stage and see a monument dedicated to the Mexican ox cart drivers. If time permits, we will climb to the Two Tower vista point to look at distant views. This ride travels on wide trails with several easy to moderate climbs. Equestrians who have trail riding experience and their own fit and able horse are welcome. You will need to transport your horse to the staging area. Owners of unshod horses, please note that footing will include areas of gravel and distances over asphalt pavement. Please bring water on the ride.

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

 

Weir Canyon to Two Towers Vista
Date:
Thu, 03/05/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
9 of 12
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Full Moon Mountain Bike Ride on the Limestone Canyon Loop

Mountain Biking
moon

The ride starts at the Augustine staging area in Limestone Canyon and travels along paved Hicks Haul Road where we will have views of the Full Moon. We will climb approximately 1500 feet up to 13 miles in this 2.5-hour program. This is a moderate-paced night ride designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills for riding at night.

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

Full Moon Mountain Bike Ride on the Limestone Canyon Loop
Date:
Thu, 03/05/2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 of 20
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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, 03/05/2015
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:
16 of 30
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Fremont Loop Distance Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Post Fire Recovery Fremont Canyon Spring 2010

Join us for an extremely challenging and strenuous hiking adventure in the scenic Fremont Canyon Wilderness Area. This 15-mile loop hike is for experienced, physically fit distance hikers only. The hike is on fire/SCE dirt roads with numerous significantly steep, unrelenting climbs and descents. We hike the entire rim of Fremont Canyon, passing by an abandoned coal mine, the Fremont Weather Station and the remnants of a rare stand of Tecate cypress. Along the way we’ll have sweeping views of Orange County, the Santa Ana Mountains and surrounding mountain ranges.

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

Fremont Loop Distance Hike
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
15 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
0 of 16
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First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
Buck Gully

Please join the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to help restore habitat in the Gully! Participants could engage in a range of outside activities including sowing seed and planting native plants to general site maintenance. Participants will also enjoy off-trail access and a healthy workout–all while helping improve their native community! This event will include bending and kneeling and working across steep slopes and uneven terrain. Training, tools, gloves, and chaps will be provided to help protect you from potential encounters with poison oak, bees, and rattlesnakes. Note that this event is held on the first Friday of each month.

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
7 of 10
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Sahara Mustard Pull at City of Irvine Open Space Preserve

Stewardship
Orchard-Hills-3064

Sahara mustard is a nasty exotic that has invaded thousands of acres across Southern California and is just beginning to encroach upon the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Now is the time to act! The Irvine Ranch Conservancy has been fighting back this weed within the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve for three years. Your help is needed now to find and pull remaining stands so that they do not spread into our wild lands. This event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. All training will be provided. We hope you can join us!

Sahara Mustard Pull at City of Irvine Open Space Preserve
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2015
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
5 of 5
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Nature Explore for Little Ones – A Wild Story

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff to find stories in the park. Climb into a real cave. Walk through the trees. Climb a hill. Enjoy a story, have a story snack, create your own story with puppets, and stamp a story to take home! An easy half-mile walk. Ages 3 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). Reservations required. Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Nature Explore for Little Ones - A Wild Story
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
3
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Full Moon Hike – Bommer Canyon

Interpretive
Interpretive

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

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

 

Full Moon Hike - Bommer Canyon
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Full Moon Hike, Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers as the canyon gets chilly at night and sturdy shoes. Please bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. This program is for those that are interested in experiencing the trails after sunset, taking in the night sounds and smells along the full moon’s glow!

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

 

Full Moon Hike, Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
0 of 25
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

FREEKS Ride – CLOCKWISE

Mountain Biking

Join us for a challenging docent-led mountain bike ride for very experienced off-road riders in excellent cardio shape. Climb challenging State Spur to Cathedral Rock, and then descend into Fremont Canyon while passing some of Orange County’s most spectacular geological formations. The ride continues out to Mini-Moab and then over to Sierra Peak, passing the Tecate Cypress forest, then past Sierra Peak, and over to the last descent down through historic Black Star Canyon.

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

FREEKS Ride - CLOCKWISE
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
25 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
6 of 20
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Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon

Special Events
Blackstar Canyon

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families, and challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use by connecting various loops to offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minutes walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek.

Wilderness Access Day - Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
115 of 300
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Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon, Equestrian

Interpretive
limestone equestrian horses

Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use, where you can reach several peeks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks through the thick chaparral brush. Riders who have trail riding experience with a fit and able horse will enjoy choosing routes from easy 30-minute walks to strenuous 7+ mile loops.

Wilderness Access Day - Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
2 of 5
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