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.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Experience the serenity of Bommer Canyon during this moderate-paced hike in the Irvine Open Space. We’ll experience mature coastal sage scrub and fantastic views overlooking the city of Irvine and the hillsides to the north. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire, and
    footwear, first aid, medications, etc.
  • Each participant must arrive with their own facial covering on their person. Participants should wear
    face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated, both indoors
    and outdoors (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when
    not participating in the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of
    the group always.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Sat, 05/08/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 10
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2021 Fire Watch (Virtual) Symposium – California Wildfire Awareness Week

Special Events
2021 Fire Watch (Virtual) Symposium - California Wildfire Awareness Week

This year the Orange County Fire Watch program is proud to present the 2021 Fire Watch Symposium on Saturday, May 8th, during California Wildfire Awareness Week. The symposium will be virtual and hosted on three different platforms The symposium will be simulcast on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. Presenters from the Orange County Fire Authority, National Weather Service, OC Parks, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and numerous other partners will provide information on the upcoming 2021 fire season, Wildfire Awareness, and program information on OC Fire Watch and Fire Watch Network. Our main presenter this year is award winning wildfire and astronomy photographer Stuart Palley. He will share his photos and experiences responding to and capturing wildfires in California.

 

2021 Fire Watch (Virtual) Symposium - California Wildfire Awareness Week
Date:
Sat, 05/08/2021
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fire Watch-Irvine Ranch Conservancy Headquarters- Conference Room
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully, for the first mile and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 05/08/2021
Time:
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 10
More Information  

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Experience the serenity of Bommer Canyon during this moderate-paced hike in the Irvine Open Space. We’ll experience mature coastal sage scrub and fantastic views overlooking the city of Irvine and the hillsides to the north. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire, and
    footwear, first aid, medications, etc.
  • Each participant must arrive with their own facial covering on their person. Participants should wear
    face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated, both indoors
    and outdoors (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when
    not participating in the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of
    the group always.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Sat, 05/08/2021
Time:
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Experience the serenity of Bommer Canyon during this moderate-paced hike in the Irvine Open Space. We’ll experience mature coastal sage scrub and fantastic views overlooking the city of Irvine and the hillsides to the north. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire, and
    footwear, first aid, medications, etc.
  • Each participant must arrive with their own facial covering on their person. Participants should wear
    face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated, both indoors
    and outdoors (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when
    not participating in the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of
    the group always.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Sun, 05/09/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Second Sunday Restoration

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup, and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary; please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Water and tools are provided.

FACE COVERING REQUIRED for all participants.

pre-registration is required and space is limited

Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.

Rain or heat advisories cancel the event

Second Sunday Restoration
Date:
Sun, 05/09/2021
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
24 of 35
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Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Experience the serenity of Bommer Canyon during this moderate-paced hike in the Irvine Open Space. We’ll experience mature coastal sage scrub and fantastic views overlooking the city of Irvine and the hillsides to the north. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire, and
    footwear, first aid, medications, etc.
  • Each participant must arrive with their own facial covering on their person. Participants should wear
    face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated, both indoors
    and outdoors (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when
    not participating in the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of
    the group always.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Sun, 05/09/2021
Time:
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
4 of 10
More Information  

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bridges of Buck Gully Hike

Be inspired by both the natural beauty and recent history of Buck Gully as we explore the public reserve and the collaboration that made it possible. Buck Gully is a natural coastal canyon that opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to provide safe public access. The bridges allow exploration of the entire Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that runs through the gully year-round. Our guided program starts with a short walk from the Oasis Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully trail, with a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. We’ll cross two bridges on the first section of our walk, and then enter the canopied singletrack portion of the trail as we pass by the third bridge. At the fourth and last bridge, we will pause to enjoy the shaded beauty of this hidden refuge, and then retrace our route back to the Oasis.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Bridges of Buck Gully Hike
Date:
Tue, 05/11/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Finding and Sharing Inspiration from the Land via Zoom

Interpretive
Finding and Sharing Inspiration from the Land via Zoom

Poetry Round: Finding and Sharing Inspiration from the Land

Join local poet Thea Gavin for an informal Zoom chat to talk about easy ways to use writing–poetry or prose–to transform your time outdoors.

Thea will share a few simple techniques for connecting to the land, wherever you find yourself—from your own neighborhood to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks backcountry.

If you’re wondering where to start on the journey of turning your love for nature into words, or if you’ve already written something and would like to share it, please join us for an hour of Zoom chat, followed two days later by a writing hike near the mouth of Fremont Canyon.

If you are participating in the Poetry Round, you might also like to sign up for the writing hike on May 13 to continue your experience. Use this link: https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2021/05/13/fremont-writing-hike-fremont-to-lake-view/

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity that does not take place on the land.

Finding and Sharing Inspiration from the Land via Zoom
Date:
Tue, 05/11/2021
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 8
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill

Take a break and get some fresh air! Join us on a mid-week hike through scenic Quail Hill. This program is for those who just want to get out and hike away the stresses of the week. Enjoy the views and a little quiet time in Irvine’s beautiful Southern Preserve. Several single-track trails, steep climbs and descents are part of the experience. There is over 2700 ft. of climbing elevation accumulated along the route, but it is done with a moderate pace, approximately 3 mph. Distance is 10-12 miles. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Please note, we will be meeting at the Quail Hill Community Center parking lot, not at the Quail Hill Trailhead.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire, and
    footwear, first aid, medications, etc.
  • Each participant must arrive with their own facial covering on their person. Participants should wear
    face coverings when participating in the activity, even with heavy exertion as tolerated, both indoors
    and outdoors (unless the face covering could become a hazard), and face coverings must be worn when
    not participating in the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of
    the group always.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 05/12/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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