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.

Click here to learn more about IRC-Certified Volunteers.    •   Click here to learn more about the Difficulty Ratings.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mid Week Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
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Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash. Possible destinations on this route include The Sinks, Box Springs, Loma 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.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Mid Week Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Wed, 04/16/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill

Mountain Biking
Irvine Ranch Conservancy Public Use

Join us for a docent-led mountain bike ride through the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This moderate-paced mountain bike tour through the picturesque hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons includes  a combination of ranch roads and multiple intermediate and advanced level technical single track trails, with many steep climbs and descents. Over 2500 feet of accumulated climbing elevation is experienced on this route. Participants should be physically fit and possess above-average mountain biking skills.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Mid-Week Mountain Bike Ride in Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 04/16/2014
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Category:
Mountain Biking
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please join us at our native seed farm and plant nursery located in Orchard Hills. During this weekly stewardship activity you will learn about the plants native to this region and participate in a variety of activities that change with the seasons. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, invasive plant management, native plant propagation, seed processing, and much more. All of the seeds and plants we work with will be used to restore habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Work will be easy to moderate.

Four Seasons at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 04/16/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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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.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown 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.

Weir Canyon to Two Towers Vista
Date:
Wed, 04/16/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Equestrian
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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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, 04/16/2014
Time:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Category:
Interpretive
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!

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.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 04/16/2014
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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Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Join us for this relaxing combination program of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike a 1-mile loop through the canyon while finding unity with nature. We will return to our yoga mats and be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga under a canopy of sycamores while the canyon slowly calms down from the day.  Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a durable yoga mat for the natural surface. An extra cloth or padding is highly recommended. Sunsets can be 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.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown 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.

Sunset Yoga in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 04/16/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fitness Hike at Canyon View

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). Required Online Reservations: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Donation: $2/person.

Fitness  Hike at Canyon View
Date:
Thu, 04/17/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Restoration Habitat – Quail Hill Loop

Stewardship
Stewardship

Dislike artichoke thistle? This is the activity for you! One of the most problematic weed species in Orange County, Artichoke thistle (Cynara cardunculus) aggressively competes with our native plants for resources and spreads rapidly once established. Therefore, removal of artichoke thistle helps suppress new invasions and creates opportunities for native species to thrive. Past efforts to remove artichoke thistle at Quail Hill have made a difference but eradication can only happen with your further support. Training, tools, gloves, and chaps will be provided to ensure your safety.

Restoration Habitat - Quail Hill Loop
Date:
Thu, 04/17/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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Morning Nature Hike – Agua Chinon

Hiking & Fitness
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space into the Northern Natural Landmark region. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water.

Maximum distance is just short of 7 miles, with some sustained climbing in one section. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and all other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Morning Nature Hike - Agua Chinon
Date:
Thu, 04/17/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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Tideland Tykes

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Preserve staff for a fun-filled parent & child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks.

Class fee is $5.00 per participating student. No Class on April 24, May 1, May 8 and June 26. Please email unbic@ocparks.com to register or for more information.

Tideland Tykes
Date:
Thu, 04/17/2014
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
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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.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown 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.

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 04/17/2014
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Restoration Habitat – Mule Deer Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff at our 2 acre Mule Deer restoration site. Restoration efforts are focused on cactus scrub, coastal sage scrub, and native perennial grassland communities. Strong emphasis is on restoring habitat for the locally threatened Coastal Cactus Wren. Help us to get our native communities back on track by performing simple hand weeding of our recently planted and seeded areas. There is a lot of area to cover, so your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Restoration Habitat - Mule Deer Canyon
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Category:
Stewardship
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
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A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Enjoy an outdoor stroll to Barbara’s Lake (Orange County’s only natural lake) on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. All ages welcome! 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. Donation: $2/person.

A Morning Stroll to Barbara's Lake
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Tot Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (babies to 3 years old) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). Required Online Reservations: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3/vehicle.

Tot Walk
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
1
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join Preserve staff for a fun-filled parent & child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks.

Class fee is $5.00 per participating student. No Class April 25, May 2, May 9 and June 27. Please email unbic@ocparks.com to register or for more information.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Canyon Explorers: Blooming in Bommer

Interpretive
Kelley.with.kids

Let’s explore the changes in the canyon that come with the spring season. We will travel along our nature trail to see the new signs of spring, from baby animals to blooming flowers.

This program is a perfect afternoon adventure for children from ages 6 to 10. We will spend time exploring our program’s topic, and maybe create a craft or play a game before heading out on the trails to practice what we have learned. Our hike will be a gentle one-mile trek along uneven  terrain. Off-road strollers are welcome to join the fun! Parent or guardian must register and attend along with their child.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land.

Canyon Explorers: Blooming in Bommer
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Category:
Interpretive
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Night Sky Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Photo Hike HHR 7.5.2009 (112)

Enjoy the trails under the twinkling stars! 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 with a medium level of interpretation.  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 night sky!

Night Sky Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Fri, 04/18/2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak and the Cleveland National Forest along the way.

Remember, even though this is a slower cardio hike, it is still faster than a walk. You must be able to hike the entire time without stopping. Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

Please review the Difficulty Ratings on the brown banner above before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system 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, 04/19/2014
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Category:
Hiking & Fitness
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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