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, 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:
4 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:
3 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:
78 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:
0 of 5
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Winter Bird Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided winter bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, March 7 at 8am.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

$15 day use fee

Winter Bird Walk
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
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, 03/07/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Buck Gully Reserve Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Buck Gully

Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. Beginning from the Oasis Senior Center, we’ll hike up through the almost 3-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for a bit, stopping at Canyon Watch Park where we will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail. Please bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system.

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

Buck Gully Reserve Loop Hike
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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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! 

Dig in! Plant with us at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
0 of 12
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Kayak Tour

Water
kayaking lets go outside

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, 03/07/2015
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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Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon, Guided Walk

Interpretive
Kelley.with.kids

Join us for a guided a toddler trot during Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon, Guided Walk. This month we will offer an exciting opportunity for our wee little ones to explore nature through fun activities and a guided walk along our meadow trail. This single track trail is wide enough for a stroller and adventurous enough for first time hikers. 

Wilderness Access Day - Black Star Canyon, Guided Walk
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Beachside Ranger Chat

Interpretive
Interpretive

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live in Crystal Cove State Park at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn 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)

Beachside Ranger Chat
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunset Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, Sunset Hike 4-mile hike on Saturday, March 7 at 5:30pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike.  Meet at the the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water & a flashlight, and dress in layers.

Sunset Hike
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2015
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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