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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Friday, March 22, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Epic Distance Hike in Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us on this epic hike through the scenic canyons and along the ridges of Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This distance hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents on a variety of trails, both double and single track, and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Though […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Epic Distance Hike in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 03/22/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
Interpretive

Bring your little Wild One to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. Join us for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a guided nature walk, hands on activities, and arts and crafts. No upfront cost to register online, but there is a $5 cash fee per child to participate in the craft. […]

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 03/22/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wildflower Hike: Limestone Canyon on Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive

Come join a late afternoon wildflower walk in Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road! Wildflowers come in all shades, shapes and colors. From the delicate and diminutive to the big and bold, March is a great time to explore these seasonal beauties! Get an up close look at the blooms and enjoy the majestic scenery […]

Wildflower Hike: Limestone Canyon on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Fri, 03/22/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, March 23, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Baker Canyon for this slower intro-to-cardio hike. This scenic loop hike will involve a few steep climbs with a net gain of about 1000′ but you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the northeastern edge of the […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a back-country wilderness tour filled with great sightseeing, photographic, and sketching opportunities. Our journey begins at the foot of Santiago Dam and Irvine Lake, where you will board 4-wheel drive vehicles for an 11-to-17 mile tour of the hills surrounding Fremont Canyon.
We will stop frequently for 15-30 minutes to admire the views, […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Panoramic Sinks View from the Water Tank

Mountain Biking

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this challenging mountain bike ride to the “water tank” beyond The Sinks east viewing deck. This ride will reward riders with panoramic unobstructed views of The Sinks, a 20-to-40-million-year-old geologic formation of exposed sandstone. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Panoramic Sinks View from the Water Tank
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Whiting Ranch Trail Rehabilitation

Trail Work
Trail Work

Join OC Parks staff and volunteers in helping to repair extensive storm damage to trails at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Before the trails can open to the public for use, the trails must be repaired to prevent further damage and ensure the public’s safety. Come prepared to hike to the various trail work locations. Bring […]

Whiting Ranch Trail Rehabilitation
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
26 of 30
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Art at Arden: Botanical Illustrations

Interpretive

Gather your sketchbook and paints for a morning of Art at Arden. Each month join our professional artist who will guide you through the practices of plein air painting or botanical illustrations. The art sessions will focus on a different artistic medium and expression but each program will fully enjoy the beauty found on the […]

Art at Arden: Botanical Illustrations
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
9 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:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
10 of 30
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Cancelled due to Trail Conditions: Nature’s Grocery Store

Interpretive

Come enjoy and learn about the bounty of the local flora and fauna. We will talk about how the animals and early settlers of the area survived and thrived with what nature has to offer. We will discuss how over-grazing, weather, and seasonal patterns affected the daily availability of food in times when there were […]

Cancelled due to Trail Conditions: Nature's Grocery Store
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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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, 03/23/2019
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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Discovering Snakes

Interpretive

It’s time for snakes to start emerging from their winter brumation! Visit the Nix Nature Center to see live snakes that, if you are lucky and observant, you might find out on the trail! Steve Bledsoe of Southwestern Field Herping Association will be available to share his knowledge about local reptiles. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, […]

Discovering Snakes
Date:
Sat, 03/23/2019
Time:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5.5  mile hike is conducted at about 2.5 miles per hour with approximately 800′ of an uphill gradual climb on paved and […]

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sun, 03/24/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Coal Mine and Canyons Cardio Hike

Hiking & Fitness

This is a challenging and fantastic cardio and hill workout that will reward you with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains, ocean and canyons. This fast paced 12 mile wilderness hike will climb 2200 ft of accumulated elevation as we travel through the canyons of Fremont, Blind and Weir. We’ll hike through coastal sage, […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Coal Mine and Canyons Cardio Hike
Date:
Sun, 03/24/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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Bird Walk – Dilley

Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Spot local native and resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 200-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary! For ages 12 and up (minors must be […]

Bird Walk - Dilley
Date:
Sun, 03/24/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Mountain Bike Clinic – Terrain Skills

Mountain Biking

If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing skills developing terrain-influenced bike handling over several types of man-made features, this is the clinic for you! Class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting with platform position and […]

Mountain Bike Clinic - Terrain Skills
Date:
Sun, 03/24/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
6 of 18
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Looking for Native Animals in Your Backyard: Round Canyon

Interpretive

There are critters in your backyard: big ones, little ones, furry ones,ones with feathers, and ones with scales. They go about their business and pay little attention to you. In fact, they’d rather not be bothered unless you were a tempting morsel of food. Round Canyon is teeming with wildlife, and waiting for you to […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Looking for Native Animals in Your Backyard: Round Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/24/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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