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.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

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 while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully near Newport Beach. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, […]

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 02/28/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wild Tales

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. Trails […]

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 02/28/2020
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 15
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning cardio hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings.  This is an 8 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5+ hours, includes a 1000+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 02/29/2020
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
2 of 10
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Discover the History, Mystery, Magnificence of Borrego Canyon

Interpretive

Join us for a Saturday morning adventure as we trek over Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park’s  Borrego Canyon Trail to Red Rock Canyon. Be inspired by the magnificence of the canyon’s oak woodlands as we stroll under the canopy of century-old oak trees. Soak up the mystery and history of Red Rock Canyons’ ancient sandstone rock […]

Discover the History, Mystery, Magnificence of Borrego Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/29/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 12
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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 come help out at the Native Seed Farm in Irvine!   There you can help the Irvine Ranch Conservancy grow and harvest native seeds which will be used to repair wildland right here in Orange County. This winter we will be working together to add new […]

Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 02/29/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Harding Nature Trail Restoration

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join OC Habitats and other volunteers in restoring the Harding Nature Trail at Irvine Regional Park. Activities may include watering, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, mulching, or weeding. • No experience is necessary. • Water will be provided. • Tools and gloves will be available. • Minors aged 16 and younger must have a […]

Harding Nature Trail Restoration
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
7 of 20
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Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking

We start our ride on the paved Hicks Haul Road, the extension of Jeffrey Rd north of Portola Pkwy. As we warm up on the climb to the top of the road, we enjoy increasingly beautiful views over Irvine. We then follow Loma Ridge to the East, with fantastic vistas of Orange County, the surrounding […]

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 15
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Mesa Loop Hike

Interpretive

Join an OC Parks staff-led moderately paced hike around the Mesa Loop Trail! On the way we’ll talk about some local flora and fauna that call the canyons their home, and take in the striking views that only this location can provide. You will travel through a shaded oak woodland grove, smelling the sweet sage […]

Mesa Loop Hike
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Irvine Lake View Hike

Interpretive

Hike with us up the east side of Fremont Canyon to arrive at a stunning view of  Irvine Lake.  This is not a cardio-hike; although there are some steep areas which are challenging. Our pace will be moderate with stops to look at the views, the blooming flowers, and catch our breath. This is an […]

Irvine Lake View Hike
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
4 of 25
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March Migratory Bird Survey

Interpretive
Interpretive

From October through March 2019, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host monthly migratory bird surveys open for public participation. We will be tracking the abundance and diversity of the amazing variety of migratory birds who overwinter on the Bay. This activity is open to birders at all levels and no experience is necessary. Participants […]

March Migratory Bird Survey
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
15 of 25
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