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, June 6, 2020

CANCELLED: Native Plant Hike

Interpretive

Come join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists to learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft. elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a […]

CANCELLED: Native Plant Hike
Date:
Sat, 06/06/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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CANCELLED: National Trails Day at Upper Newport Bay

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join outdoor enthusiasts all of the country and participate in a National Trails Day event on June 6th 2020. At Upper Newport Bay we will recognize this annual event coordinated by the American Hiking Society with a variety of service opportunities. Projects will include clearing trails, habitat restoration, pulling invasive weeds, and picking up trash. […]

CANCELLED: National Trails Day at Upper Newport Bay
Date:
Sat, 06/06/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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NATURE WALK at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Interpretive

Led by Sea and Sage Audubon in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, Nature Walks is a free 90 minute nature walk for all ages at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Winter, spring, summer or fall, the 300 acre freshwater wetland displays the seasonal beauty of colors, sounds, and aromas of nature. Under the […]

NATURE WALK at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sat, 06/06/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
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CANCELLED: Family Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve, we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve […]

CANCELLED: Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 06/06/2020
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Friday, June 12, 2020

CANCELLED: 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 […]

CANCELLED: Art at Arden: Botanical Illustrations
Date:
Fri, 06/12/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
8 of 20
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CANCELLED: 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 […]

CANCELLED: Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 06/12/2020
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
15 of 15
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

CANCELLED: Keep it Wild – Native Plant Nursery

Stewardship

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in beautiful Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and help maintain the nursery. […]

CANCELLED: Keep it Wild - Native Plant Nursery
Date:
Sat, 06/13/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Interpretive

Led by Sea and Sage Audubon Society in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, this free monthly bird walk is a great way to learn more about the wonderful world of birds. Discover a diversity of resident and migratory birds with expert birders as we explore the freshwater ponds and riparian areas of the […]

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sun, 06/14/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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CANCELLED: Second Sundays Restoration Program

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. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. […]

CANCELLED: Second Sundays Restoration Program
Date:
Sun, 06/14/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
69 of 75
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness

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. […]

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Tue, 06/16/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/09/2020
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 2.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the […]

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 06/17/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/10/2020
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

CANCELLED: Fitness Hike – Dilley

Hiking & Fitness

Please be aware, this is a Fitness Hike and not beginners; pace is approximately a 19 minute mile. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (650-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. For ages 15 and up. Age under 18 with signed waiver […]

CANCELLED: Fitness Hike - Dilley
Date:
Thu, 06/18/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 2.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the […]

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 06/18/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/11/2020
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