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, June 25, 2016

Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended 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 throughout this 6 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: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Cardio Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
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Come along for a fast-paced hike (3.75-4 miles per hour) along the Quail Hill and Shady Canyon trails. The hike winds through the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve with breathtaking views of the city of Irvine and, on clear days, views of the ocean and Catalina.

The hike will travel at a very fast pace for a total of 10-12 miles, and includes steep climbs and descents with significant elevation gain (2700 ft. plus). Those in very good physical shape will enjoy this cardio fitness opportunity. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, sunglasses and bring plenty of water. Hiking poles are welcome as well. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to the event.

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

Cardio Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Birding Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks.
Spot year-round resident and spring migrating birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/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.

Birding Walk
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
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The Birds of Weir Canyon

Interpretive
Red-tailed Hawk, bird raptor

Come join us for a moderate paced bird walk through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon, home to a diverse variety of bird species. We will learn about which species we are likely to see and how to identify them. This is a beginner birding program but birders of all skill levels are welcome to join us.

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

The Birds of Weir Canyon
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
ladies with seed

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving 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 will be harvesting seeds from native Spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  You will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work!

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point

Interpretive
Interpretive

Enjoy a morning 0.3 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m.  A park naturalist 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. For any questions, contact info@crystalcovealliance.org.

Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Monthly Beach Cleanup

Stewardship
Stewardship

Calling all litterbug busters! Join the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach the last Saturday of every month from 9:00AM to 12:00PM as we clean beaches and waterways of debris and litter to keep our ocean healthy. In an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that will be used at each cleanup, we encourage you to bring reusable buckets and gloves, though we will provide bags and gloves if needed. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear close-toed shoes, and be sure to bring sunscreen and a reusable water bottle! Open to all ages, but participants under 18 years must have a parent/guardian present and sign their waiver.  Look for our blue EZ-Up tent and see you there!  For any questions, please contact: marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Monthly Beach Cleanup
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
City of Newport Beach – Beaches and Parks
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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ROOTS: Restoration Event Saturdays

Stewardship
ROOTS

Led by the California Coastal Commission in partnership with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and City of Newport Beach, join volunteers on monthly ROOTS events to participate in all aspects of the restoration process. Volunteers help remove invasive plants, and plant natives in order to provide habitat for wildlife. Training, tools, refreshments, camaraderie and beautiful scenery are all provided. All ages are welcome!

Restoration sites vary around the Back Bay. Reservations are recommended, especially during the school year when events can fill up in advance. Please contact Matt Yurko for site location and directions at myurko@coastal.ca.gov or (949) 640-0286.

ROOTS: Restoration Event Saturdays
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Newport Back Bay
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, 06/25/2016
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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Family Hike: Agua Chinon

Interpretive
AguaChinon.NatureHike

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradual climb of 500 ft elevation of  as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer.  This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.

This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced gradual climb hike. Hikers should be in good health able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening.

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

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Crystal Cove Evening Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Crystal Cove State Park naturalists will lead a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile evening hike on Saturday, June 25, at 7:00pm.  Terrain will be uneven and steep with a 700 foot elevation gain/loss in some areas on this moderate night hike.  Meet at 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.

Crystal Cove Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 06/25/2016
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Birding Adventure

Interpretive
Birding Adventure 3

For those of you who are interested in a more intense bird watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of Newport Bay Conservancy’s bird experts offers a 2- to 3-hour outing at Big Canyon on the last Sunday of the month starting at 8:00 AM. Suitable for beginners and advanced birders. 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.

Birding Adventure
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Big Canyon Nature Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Mountain Biking
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If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing bike skills, this is the clinic for you.  IRC’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic covers the basics of equipment, bike setup, braking, gearing, bike handling, trail-side bike maintenance and trail etiquette. Riding techniques will be taught and practiced at the Mountain Bike Skills Development area. 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-3 activity on the land.

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Closed
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YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga

Hiking & Fitness
Irvine Ranch Public Access

Hiking combined with outdoor yoga adds a unique dimension to your fitness experience and yoga practice. YIKING allows the spirit to link with the natural environment. The rigorous cardio hike meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve followed by a  steep ascent and descent to and from West Loma Ridge through Changala’s Pass. The hike distance will be about 4 miles, making your muscles more pliable, enhancing the yoga stretches. YIKING invokes a sense of harmony and flow, as you breathe deeply, refreshing your mind, body and spirit— all in a location with sweeping views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline.

All participants must bring a yoga mat and carry it along on the hike to the hillside yoga site. Please wear clothes comfortable to stretch in. Hiking poles and sun protection are encouraged.

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

YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come visit the Office of Natural Resources, Recreation and Senior Services Department at the City of Newport Beach at the Back Bay Science Center (located at 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660) every Sunday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM to experience the beauty of Upper Newport Bay while browsing a research and education facility! Explore tidepool touch tanks, observe coastal bay and estuary birds, or examine some biofacts in the Teaching Lab. No reservations are required for this free event and it is open to all ages. For any questions, please contact marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Newport Back Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Science Sundays

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come join us for a fun day of learning! Featuring free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. The activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. Different theme each month.

Family Science Sundays
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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 every Sunday. 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:
Sun, 06/26/2016
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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Coastal Geology Tour

Interpretive
Interpretive

Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Sunday, June 26, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time.  Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”).

Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Coastal Geology Tour
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Closed
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Picnic and Evening Hike in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
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Bommer Canyon is a great spot for a family picnic dinner. Bring your picnic baskets, coolers or paper bags and enjoy dinner under the sycamores prior to a brief hike through Bommer. The first 30-40 minutes of the program are dedicated to enjoying the dinner that you bring to the Cattle Camp picnic grounds. Bring food that is already prepared. No cooking is allowed. Dinner is followed up by a 1.5-to-2- hour evening hike. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for the hike.  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-3 activity on the land.

Picnic and Evening Hike in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sun, 06/26/2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Closed
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