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, July 16, 2018

Early Morning Advanced Hike: Whiting Wilderness Park

Hiking & Fitness

While Orange County Parks such as Peter’s, Santiago Oaks, and Irvine Regional, recover from the Canyon 2 fire, we are offering an alternative location to enjoy a refreshing early morning hike along some of the most scenic trails in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.  The landscape and animals in the recent fire need to rest; we […]

Early Morning Advanced Hike: Whiting Wilderness Park
Date:
Mon, 07/16/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 07/16/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 07/16/2018
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:
Full
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Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local meadow and finding unity within nature. Then we will return to our yoga mats where we will be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga, under the canopy of sycamores. Our yoga […]

Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk
Date:
Mon, 07/16/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, but the hike is done at a moderate […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Mon, 07/16/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tuesday, July 17, 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, 07/17/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
12 of 30
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Bommer Canyon Train and Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Skip the gym and join us outside for a total body and cardio workout while enjoying fresh air and panoramic views in beautiful serene Bommer Canyon. Instructor led training exercises will use a combination of body weight and resistance bands in an outdoor setting, followed by a 3 mile fast-paced hike. The hike has 700 […]

Bommer Canyon Train and Hike
Date:
Tue, 07/17/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 15
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Twilight Hike in Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Come enjoy a leisurely paced, 2-3 mph, hike in the Irvine Open Space. Get to know the nature around you as we explore Orchard Hills at that magic time just before and after sunset. We will walk around an avocado orchard that borders on the natural open space. Far-reaching views from the highest point reward […]

Twilight Hike in Orchard Hills
Date:
Tue, 07/17/2018
Time:
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
2 of 20
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Bommer Canyon. This area was historically a center for cattle operations that occurred in the San Joaquin Hills up until the late 1990s, and is now part of the Open Space Preserve. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents across a variety of trail types, […]

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 07/18/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
10 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, 07/18/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
13 of 20
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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, 07/18/2018
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:
9 of 30
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space Preserve into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water. Maximum distance is just short […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 07/19/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Fitness Hike – Dilley

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 strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 18 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve […]

Fitness Hike - Dilley
Date:
Thu, 07/19/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Stewardship

Invading weeds degrade habitat for birds and other wildlife. Help us keep wildlife healthy by weeding artichoke thistle from the Quail Hill loop in Irvine. This activity takes place on uneven terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are […]

Pulling Together at Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 07/19/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 3
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Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill (Waterworks Trail Project)

Stewardship

Please join us at the Community Stewardship Native Plant Nursery located at the Quail Hill Trailhead in Irvine. Help us to prepare native plants for future planting on the land alongside the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont Canyon. This stewardship activity may involve planting seeds, watering and weeding. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native […]

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill (Waterworks Trail Project)
Date:
Thu, 07/19/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
6 of 10
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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, 07/19/2018
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:
9 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, but the hike is done at a moderate […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Thu, 07/19/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Friday, July 20, 2018

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 some of the wild flowers that are native to our area.  You will also see some of the designated natural landmarks of […]

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs
Date:
Fri, 07/20/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 12
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