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, February 24, 2018

Advanced Mountain Bike: Limestone to Whiting via Loma

Mountain Biking

Join us for an advanced, fast-paced, early morning, mountain bike ride in Limestone . This approximately 20-mile mountain bike ride, completed in 3 hours, includes a 2000-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit riders who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. You must be an experienced mountain biker in excellent […]

Advanced Mountain Bike: Limestone to Whiting via Loma
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
20 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Baker Canyon for this slower intro-to-cardio hike. This scenic loop hike will involve a few steep climbs with a net gain of about 1000′ but you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the northeastern edge of the […]

Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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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 […]

Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on […]

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Irvine Lake View Hike

Interpretive

Hike with us up the east side of Fremont Canyon to arrive at a stunning view of  Irvine Lake.  This is not a cardio-hike; although there are some steep areas which are challenging. Our pace will be moderate with stops to look at the views, the blooming flowers, and catch our breath. This is an […]

Irvine Lake View Hike
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Milk and Italian Thistle Pull at Shoestring Trail/Limestone Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Milk and Italian thistles are exotic annual weeds that invade Oak Woodlands. Over the last four years volunteers have been helping to successfully take these plants out from around Shoestring Trail near Limestone Canyon. Please join us in pulling any new thistles that have come up this year.We will be hiking up Shoestring Trail for […]

Milk and Italian Thistle Pull at Shoestring Trail/Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Family Hike: Round Canyon

Interpretive

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium […]

Family Hike: Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5 mile hike is conducted at about 2.5 miles per hour over mainly level trails. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help […]

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs
Date:
Sun, 02/25/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Mountain Bike Clinic – Terrain Skills

Mountain Biking

If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing skills developing terrain-influenced bike handling over several types of man-made features, this is the clinic for you! Class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting with platform position and […]

Mountain Bike Clinic - Terrain Skills
Date:
Sun, 02/25/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga

Hiking & Fitness

Hiking combined with outdoor yoga adds a unique dimension to your fitness experience and yoga practice. YIKING allows the spirit to link with the natural environment. There will be instructor led yoga above the scenic Avocado Orchard with the West Loma Ridge rising along side. Views of the Pacific coastline peep through the trees at […]

YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga
Date:
Sun, 02/25/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 18
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Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we plant native shrubs along the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont! Spend the afternoon working under an oak woodland and coastal sage habitat. Your work on the trail will help establish important habitat in Fremont for local wildlife. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness […]

Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/25/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
3 of 15
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Crafty Kids Sundays

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come join us for a fun themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Crafty Kids Sunday features FREE craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Crafty Kids Sundays
Date:
Sun, 02/25/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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Monday, February 26, 2018

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, 02/26/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
3 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, 02/26/2018
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:
14 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:
Mon, 02/26/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
12 of 20
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Restoration Stewardship – Big Bend

Stewardship

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship […]

Restoration Stewardship  - Big Bend
Date:
Tue, 02/27/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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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, 02/27/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
19 of 30
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