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.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Hike to East Sinks Viewing Deck: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Come along with us on this fast-paced morning hike through beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to the East Sinks Viewing Deck. You’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of The Sinks as well as sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. This hike involves steep climbs and descents on both double and […]

Hike to East Sinks Viewing Deck:  Limestone Canyon
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride- Fremont and Weir Nature Preserves

Mountain Biking

Enjoy riding in the wilderness on empty trails when you join us for a docent led mountain bike ride that loops through Fremont, Blind and Weir Canyons. The ride will stop several times along the way to rest and regroup, and will take in expansive views and the flora and fauna of the Fremont Canyon and Weir Canyon […]

Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride- Fremont and Weir Nature Preserves
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
17 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tai Chi in the Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform […]

Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Reach for the Heights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interpretive

Hike up Little Sycamore trail with your family and friends, elevated by the words of our brave, brilliant and compassionate American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drop in between 10:00 and 2:00 pm to hike on your own, reading inspirational quotes along the path to lift your spirits. From the ridge, enjoy the view. […]

Reach for the Heights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Full Moon Cardio Night Hike: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced cardio hike in Limestone Canyon under the light of a full moon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with canyon views and possible nocturnal wildlife sightings. This is an advanced 8 mile cardio hike, completed in less than 2.5 hours and includes  1700+ feet of elevation gain. […]

Full Moon Cardio Night Hike: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Monday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, 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 […]

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness

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 and uneven terrain, but the hike is done […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Mon, 01/21/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quail Hill Habitat Restoration

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we restore degraded habitat that was once covered in artichoke thistle to a unique native grassland meadow. Native grasslands are a sensitive habitat that supports specialized plants and animals, such as ground nesting birds. This is a habitat in need of your help! No previous experience is needed. […]

Quail Hill Habitat Restoration
Date:
Tue, 01/22/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a 3, 6, or 8 mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3.0 to 3.5 miles per […]

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 01/22/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks

Hiking & Fitness
red rocks black star canyon

Join us on a twilight hike where we will see the ancient geologic formation Red Rocks change colors as the sun sets.  The hike will be up to 3.5 miles round trip with a mild elevation gain and done at an easy pace. Participants must be able to walk on uneven surfaces in a wilderness environment. Please come […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks
Date:
Tue, 01/22/2019
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is […]

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Wed, 01/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
2 of 20
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Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then join us at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! You will help us plant new little plants into our growing fields and use various weeding tools to remove weeds so our new plants can grow up strong. Having more plants at […]

Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 01/23/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
15 of 20
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, 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 […]

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 01/23/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
19 of 30
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space Preserve into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon. 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 […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 19–minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 18 and up. Not for beginners. Wear hiking shoes and […]

Fitness Hike – Ridge Park
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

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 […]

Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
19 of 30
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Back to Basics Winter Workshops: Family Camping

Interpretive
Interpretive

Camping is a fantastic and affordable way for families to vacation, but planning a family camping trip can also be very intimidating. In this classroom presentation we will cover the basics of front country (car) camping and hopefully give parents the confidence they need to hit the road with their little ones. Topics will include: […]

Back to Basics Winter Workshops: Family Camping
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Spaces Left:
44 of 75
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Mini Moab Distance Hike: Fremont Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us on this epic hike from the bottom of Fremont Canyon to the bold, sandstone outcrops marking the ridgeline locally known as “Mini Moab.” This extremely challenging out-and-back hike is for experienced, physically fit distance hikers. We climb steeply along ranch roads past an abandoned coal mine, the Fremont Weather Station, remnants of a […]

Mini Moab Distance Hike: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Fri, 01/25/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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