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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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride Fremont Loop

Mountain Biking

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this moderately paced intermediate ride.  Fremont Canyon remains one of the most wild places in Orange County, with a diversity of rare plants and animals, and […]

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride Fremont Loop
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
19 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Art on the Landmarks: Painting Limestone Canyon

Interpretive

Dive into the amazing array of color of the canyons on this outdoor Art on the Landmarks program. Bring along your paints, pens, pencils or pastels to create your own creation of the beautiful scenery around you. We will ride in an open air vehicle to an ideal location that meets the group’s needs for […]

Art on the Landmarks: Painting Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Exploring Baker Canyon: Navigating in the Wilderness

Interpretive

Have you ever felt lost out on the trail? Come join us on a 3 mile interpretive hike through beautiful Baker Canyon as we learn the basics of reading and interpreting different maps and using compasses. Please come prepared with plenty (50 oz) of water, closed-toe shoes, and a sturdy day pack with anything you might […]

Exploring Baker Canyon: Navigating in the Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Keep It Wild – Big Bend

Stewardship

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship […]

Keep It Wild  - Big Bend
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Could use a boost of  living colors? Looking for a way to give 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 beautiful native spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Absolutely no experience or […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Junior Ranger Day at the Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come earn your Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete a short service project, and take the junior ranger oath. Activities will be designed for learners in the 9-12 age range, but everyone is welcome. Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present […]

Junior Ranger Day at the Bay
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
9
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 05/18/2019
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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Modjeska’s Spring Open House

Interpretive

Spring into the season with various Shakespearean performances at Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens. One of the most famous Shakespearean actresses of the late Victorian era, Madame Modjeska embraced the stage, transforming herself in her various roles. Her home, designed in 1888 by renowned New York architect Stanford White, is one of the […]

Modjeska's Spring Open House
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Family Hike: Mesa Loop

Interpretive
black star red rocks

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Black Star Canyon – Mesa Loop, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike up a hill to a mesa as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of […]

Family Hike: Mesa Loop
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

Interpretive

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The […]

Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
moon

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers (as the […]

Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sat, 05/18/2019
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

CANCELLED: Distance Hike: Bommer to the Sea

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging and beautiful hiking adventure to the sea and back. Hiking distance is up to 14 miles and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are numerous on this route, with approximately 2400 feet of accumulated climbing […]

CANCELLED: Distance Hike:  Bommer to the Sea
Date:
Sun, 05/19/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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