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, August 18, 2018

Advanced Trail Run in Limestone

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning trail run in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. We will start running along a paved road to East Loma dirt trail then on to Box Springs and into Limestone Canyon. This approximately […]

Advanced Trail Run in  Limestone
Date:
Sat, 08/18/2018
Time:
6:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon

Mountain Biking

Join us for a docent-led mountain bike ride through the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This moderate-paced mountain bike tour through the picturesque hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons includes a combination of ranch roads and multiple intermediate and advanced level technical single-track trails, with many steep climbs and descents. Over 2700 feet of accumulated climbing […]

Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/18/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 08/18/2018
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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Exploring Bommer Canyon: History of Bommer Canyon

Interpretive

Join us on a hike through history back to when Bommer Canyon was the center of a historic Cattle Ranch. We will learn about the rich history of the area and all of those who used to call this place home. This is a 2.5 mile interpretive hike with 600 feet of elevation. Please come […]

Exploring Bommer Canyon: History of Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/18/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Family Hike: Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
black star red rocks

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Black Star Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3-4 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. […]

Family Hike: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 08/18/2018
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Bats: Heroes of the Night

Interpretive

As the day starts to settle into night, bats awaken, stir and streak into the evening sky. Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammal. We will head out towards a popular roosting location as we watch our nighttime heroes begin their nightly adventures. This program is ideal to visually observe the bats in flight, […]

Bats: Heroes of the Night
Date:
Sat, 08/18/2018
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Full
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Astronomy Night: In Search of Planets

Interpretive

Join Orange County Astronomers for a view of the summer night sky in search of plants. Enjoy the opportunity to also look through telescopes at Jupiter, Saturn, various stars and other celestial objects. Visit the Science Heads’ Mobile Observatory. Enjoy activities in the Nix Nature Center.. No hiking involved. Come prepared with layers of clothing […]

Astronomy Night: In Search of Planets
Date:
Sat, 08/18/2018
Time:
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
9
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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Weekend Trek: Slow-Paced Hike to Dripping Springs via Hicks Haul and Loma

Hiking & Fitness

This slower-paced interpretive hike in Limestone Canyon is 7 miles and includes some hills on the trek to Dripping Springs – a fern-covered rock face dripping with life-giving water creating an essential watering hole for wildlife in the canyon.

Weekend Trek: Slow-Paced Hike to Dripping Springs via Hicks Haul and Loma
Date:
Sun, 08/19/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Fire Ecology in Fremont

Interpretive

Long dry summers flare up the concern for autumn wildfires in southern California. While fire is a much needed element to help some plants bloom and to keep our habitats healthy, too much fire can be a dangerous thing. We experienced this up close during the Canyon 2 Fire last year. Join us on an […]

Fire Ecology in Fremont
Date:
Sun, 08/19/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride

Equestrian
equestrian horses

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, visiting some of the canyons most popular destinations such as The Sinks or Dripping Springs. While riding through oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub, view evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area. We may also have the chance to see […]

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride
Date:
Mon, 08/20/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 12
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we work to restore and maintain the land along the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont Canyon! This is a stewardship activity and duties may include removing invasive plants, watering, weeding around existing native plants that were planted earlier in the year or other similar duties. Spend the morning […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Mon, 08/20/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
14 of 15
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Tai Chi in the Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform […]

Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 08/20/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
6 of 10
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Monday 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:
Mon, 08/20/2018
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:
7 of 30
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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, 08/21/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
18 of 30
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