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.

Monday, August 19, 2019

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, 08/19/2019
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:
Full
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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, 08/20/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
8 of 30
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Explore Nature With Your Senses

Interpretive
red rocks black star canyon

Explore nature by using your five senses. Many indigeonous cultures such as the Tongva, rely on their senses to carry out their traditional daily life on the land. We will explore how using your senses can be helpful in a wilderness setting as we study the flora and fauna of the Landmarks. This program is […]

Explore Nature With Your Senses
Date:
Tue, 08/20/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
4 of 15
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Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship

Please join us at the Augustine native plant nursery to water newly planted shrubs, and to plant native plant seeds in small pots.  We will be working in close proximity to the parking area at the Augustine staging area in Limestone Canyon.  Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate […]

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Tue, 08/20/2019
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Advanced Cardio Hike: Hangman’s Tree Monument from Augustine

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, afternoon cardio hike starting in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. This is a 7.5 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5 hours and includes a 1900+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Hangman's Tree Monument from Augustine
Date:
Tue, 08/20/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
6 of 20
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Intro to Cardio Hike: Extended Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Thinking the cardio hikes might be too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to-cardio hike.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands in recovery from the 2017 Canyon fire. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included throughout this 6 mile hike. […]

Intro to Cardio Hike: Extended Weir Canyon
Date:
Tue, 08/20/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness

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 […]

Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 08/21/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
9 of 20
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving 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 quirky native summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushion and California Wishbone Bush. […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 08/21/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
13 of 25
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Wednesday 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:
Wed, 08/21/2019
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:
Full
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure as we hike to the Hangman’s Tree Monument on Loma Ridge. Hike distance is 6 miles and affords fantastic views along the way, spanning the Pacific coastline, San Gabriel peaks and the Santa Ana Mountains. Several very steep climbs and descents are part of this route. We’ll […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills
Date:
Thu, 08/22/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 20
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Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 19 minute mile.  Please arrive 15 minutes early. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. For ages 15 and up. Ages under 18 with signed […]

Fitness Hike – Ridge Park
Date:
Thu, 08/22/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Quail Hill Native Plant Nursery

Stewardship

Please join us at the Quail Hill native plant nursery to water newly planted shrubs, and to plant native plant seeds in small pots.  We will be working in close proximity to the parking area at the Quail Hill Trail head.  Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in […]

Quail Hill Native Plant Nursery
Date:
Thu, 08/22/2019
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 4
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Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen

Interpretive

Come end your day with a quiet walk through the calming canyons on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will watch for soaring red-tailed hawks, listen to birds quietly sing, and inhale the fragrance of fresh sage. Shed away the day’s repetitions and join us as we take a “slow walk” into Baker Canyon, mindful […]

Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen
Date:
Thu, 08/22/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at your own pace as a walk, jog, or run (speed range typically 2.5 to 3.5 mph), so is suitable for beginners who are just starting their fitness program as […]

Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 08/22/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
3 of 30
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Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the Orchard Hills loop trail. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline. The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs and uneven terrain, but the hike is done […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Thu, 08/22/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs

Equestrian
equestrian horses

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see plants that are native to our area.  You will be touring the beautiful Natural Landmarks. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help […]

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs
Date:
Fri, 08/23/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 of 12
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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, 08/23/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
10 of 15
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