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, December 10, 2016

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, 12/10/2016
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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Art on the Landmarks: Painting the Sinks

Interpretive
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Dive into the amazing array of colors of The Sinks on this art on the preserve program. Bring along your paints, pens, pencils or pastels to create your own creation of the beautiful scenery around you. We will travel in a safari type vehicle to the East Sinks Viewing Deck. Then, settle in and create your own masterpiece!
Art supplies are not included so please come with your own materials and your keen eye for creation!
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.
Art on the Landmarks: Painting the Sinks
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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, 12/10/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
25 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Adopt a Canyon – Agua Chinon Stewardship

Stewardship
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Are you a nature lover, hiker, gardener, or just want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air? Does the idea of adopting a canyon across four seasons and being part of a longer term project interest you? Please come help Irvine Ranch Conservancy restore local habitat, native plants and wildlife so they may thrive in Agua Chinon.

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

 

No experience is necessary other than a desire to explore and care for our open space. Participants will engage in plant identification, removal of invasive weeds, and planting native plants. Simple tools will be provided for you as required. Sturdy footwear is recommended for walking on uneven terrain, kneeling, bending, and gardening in the wilderness.

This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.  From our conveniently located Portola staging area, come venture out for something big each month, adopt Agua Chinon!

 

Adopt a Canyon - Agua Chinon Stewardship
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Birding on the Mesa

Interpretive
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Enjoy the sights and sounds of the native canyon birds on this birding walk on the Mesa near Silverado Canyon looking out toward Limestone. Travel through an oak woodland, coastal sagebrush and the top of a mesa for birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, and please wear sun protection for our walk.

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

Birding on the Mesa
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Distance Hike: Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
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The title says it all. This is your chance to venture deep in the Irvine backcountry. Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure.

Hiking distance is up to 14 miles and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are numerous on this route, with over 2,400 feet of accumulated climbing elevation.

Most months, the route stays in the Irvine Open Space Preserve for its entirety, but will occasionally feature hiking to the sea and back: beginning in Bommer, the hike will head into Crystal Cove State Park, then pass through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park before returning to the Irvine preserve.

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

Distance Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 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, 12/10/2016
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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Trail Love: Turn, Turn, Turn Work

Trail Work
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Join us for  a morning of work that will keep the turns on Quail Trail durable and user friendly. This will, in turn, help keep the trailside habitat healthy. We will plant shrubs between turns to clearly define them as well as clear drainage structures near the turns to protect them from erosion. This keeps the trails sustainable and users happy!

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

All tools, water and light snacks will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots, long pants and sun protection. A small pack is handy to carry water and snacks.

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

Trail Love: Turn, Turn, Turn Work
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Geology Hike — Dilley

Hiking & Fitness
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Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain. For ages 10 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.) Parking: $3. Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.

Geology Hike -- Dilley
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
10
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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Do a good deed, get a dose of Nature, and learn about the plants around you, all at once! Come experience the cool mornings and the spicy aromas of a California autumn while working with us at our one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required.

You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush. Check here for details on the difficultly rating of this Level 1 Stewardship activity. 

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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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-2 activity on the land.

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
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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Bridges of Buck Gully Hike

Hiking & Fitness
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Be inspired by both the natural beauty and recent history of Buck Gully as we explore the public reserve and the collaboration that made it possible. Buck Gully is a natural coastal canyon that opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to provide safe public access. The bridges allow exploration of the entire Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that runs through the gully year-round. Our guided program starts with a short walk from the Oasis Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully trail, with a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. We’ll cross two bridges on the first section of our walk, and then enter the canopied singletrack portion of the trail as we pass by the third bridge. At the fourth and last bridge, we will pause to enjoy the shaded beauty of this hidden refuge, and then retrace our route back to the Oasis.

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

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Friends Tour

Interpretive
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Join Newport Bay Conservancy, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, at the Vista Point — the lookout at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive — where you will meet up with a naturalist for a tour between outdoor classrooms set up along Back Bay Drive featuring information on birds, plants, marine life, geology and Native Americans. Tours depart from the lookout at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. 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.

Friends Tour
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
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Map and Compass Navigation: Part III

Interpretive
Baker Canyon

Tap into topographical map-reading and compass skills while viewing the Santiago Canyon vistas.  This program is designed for beginners or those who want to brush up on their map and compass skills. The Map and Navigation class is designed to build knowledge and skills while applying these new techniques in the field.

This is the third in a three part series, though you are welcome to take each course separately. Please bring your own compass, or use your smart phone compass Apps.  We will explore the trails during the summer mornings, so please wear proper sun protection such as a hat or sunscreen.  The program will not take place if it is 90 degrees or higher.

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

Map and Compass Navigation: Part III
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
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 Saturday. 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, 12/10/2016
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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Field Science Saturday: Tidepool Blitz

Interpretive
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Help us learn more about the tidepools at Crystal Cove State Park and particpate in an intertidal bioblitz at Field Science Saturday on Dec. 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., meeting at the Historic District Education Commons. Help search for and count organisms by using iNaturalist to record observations. Day-use fee of $15 per vehicle. For more information and to register, go to crystalcovealliance.org/events/field-science-saturday-tidepool-bioblitz/.

Field Science Saturday: Tidepool Blitz
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Marine Protected Area (MPA) Hike

Hiking & Fitness
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Join the Office of Natural Resources, Recreation and Senior Services Department at the City of Newport Beach on a moderate 2.6-mile low-tide hike through the rocky intertidal zone of Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area. Hikes are 2 hours long and occur once a month on varying Saturdays, as they are dependent on weather and surf conditions. Please wear close-toed shoes, bring water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get a little wet! Meet at Little Corona Beach next to Lifeguard Tower #7 to begin the hike. No reservations are required for this free event, and participants must be 13 years and older. For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Hike
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
City of Newport Beach – Beaches and Parks
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
13
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Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point

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Enjoy a 0.0 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 12:00 p.m.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.)  $15 day-use fee.

Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Earthcache Hike to East Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
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Come and hike with us to the East Sinks in Limestone Canyon, location of the Earthcache site — a special place people can visit to learn about unique aspects of the Earth — listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled “The Sinks- Irvine Ranch Wildlands, GC1ZB6V.” This hike is open to existing geocachers, those curious about geocaching and non-geocachers alike. There will be as much time as needed spent at The Sinks so all geocachers can record their data and make their observations to confidently log their visit to this cache site.

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

Earthcache Hike to East Sinks
Date:
Sat, 12/10/2016
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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