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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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, 11/21/2017
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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Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we plant native shrubs along the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont! Spend the afternoon working under an oak woodland and coastal sage habitat. Your work on the trail will help establish important habitat in Fremont for local wildlife. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness […]

Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Tue, 11/21/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Do a good deed and get a dose of Nature! 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 […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 11/22/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
11 of 25
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Restoring Habitat in Bommer Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact! All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Note that this activity is held on the 4th Wednesday of each […]

Restoring Habitat in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 11/22/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
8 of 15
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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, 11/22/2017
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:
14 of 30
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fitness Hike – Willow

Hiking & Fitness

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 16 minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon […]

Fitness Hike – Willow
Date:
Thu, 11/23/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Better Birding Basics – Birding by Ear in Round Canyon

Interpretive

Birds are often hidden from sight and yet can still be identified by their calls and songs. Knowing how to identify birds by ear is an important step in becoming a good birder. Join other birders as we search for birds by both ear and eye in the beautiful oak woodland and coastal sage scrub […]

Better Birding Basics - Birding by Ear in Round Canyon
Date:
Fri, 11/24/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
5 of 25
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CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Back Country Patrol

Stewardship

Seeking Ranger Reserves and OC Parks Volunteers to assist with backcountry patrol of park trails. Patrolling the trails is at times strenuous and will include passing out maps, educating public about importance of keeping their dogs on a leash and making a presence on the trails. Other duties may include repairing broken fencing, checking for […]

CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Back Country Patrol
Date:
Fri, 11/24/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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CANCELLED due to Fire: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Fire: Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride- Fremont and Weir Nature Preserves
Date:
Fri, 11/24/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
17 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
20 of 25
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CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Stewardship

Santiago Oaks Regional Park needs help in caring for its beautiful woodland gardens. No experience is necessary. Training, tools and gloves will be provided. Duties and responsibilities will vary week to week and month to month.

CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks
Date:
Fri, 11/24/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Back Country Patrol

Stewardship

Seeking Ranger Reserves and OC Parks Volunteers to assist with backcountry patrol of park trails. Patrolling the trails is at times strenuous and will include passing out maps, educating public about importance of keeping their dogs on a leash and making a presence on the trails. Other duties may include repairing broken fencing, checking for […]

CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Back Country Patrol
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Do a good deed and get a dose of Nature! 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 […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
5 of 25
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive

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 […]

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Stewardship

Santiago Oaks Regional Park needs help in caring for its beautiful woodland gardens. No experience is necessary. Training, tools and gloves will be provided. Duties and responsibilities will vary week to week and month to month.

CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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CANCELLED Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center

Stewardship

Allow Park Rangers to keep the beautiful Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center open for public enjoyment. Volunteers will monitor visitors and keep attendance. Building is climate controlled. No experience is necessary.

CANCELLED Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Kayak Tour

Water

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 […]

Kayak Tour
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
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: Round Canyon

Interpretive

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail 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 averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium […]

Family Hike: Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/25/2017
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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