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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is […]

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Wed, 01/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then join us at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! You will help us plant new little plants into our growing fields and use various weeding tools to remove weeds so our new plants can grow up strong. Having more plants at […]

Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 01/23/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 01/23/2019
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, January 24, 2019

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, 01/24/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Trail Love: New Trail Construction!

Trail Work

Who doesn’t love a new trail opportunity? The new singletrack Overlook Trail will be located in Weir Canyon and will and pass through grassland, coastal sage scrub, rocky outcroppings and oak woodlands. It will climb and traverse a ridge line offering sweeping views of the mountains, Orange County and the ocean. This will offer a […]

Trail Love: New Trail Construction!
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
2 of 3
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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. Ages 18 and up. Not for beginners. Wear hiking shoes and […]

Fitness Hike – Ridge Park
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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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, 01/24/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 5
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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, 01/24/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
14 of 30
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Back to Basics Winter Workshops: Family Camping

Interpretive
Interpretive

Camping is a fantastic and affordable way for families to vacation, but planning a family camping trip can also be very intimidating. In this classroom presentation we will cover the basics of front country (car) camping and hopefully give parents the confidence they need to hit the road with their little ones. Topics will include: […]

Back to Basics Winter Workshops: Family Camping
Date:
Thu, 01/24/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Spaces Left:
45 of 75
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Mini Moab Distance Hike: Fremont Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us on this epic hike from the bottom of Fremont Canyon to the bold, sandstone outcrops marking the ridgeline locally known as “Mini Moab.” This extremely challenging out-and-back hike is for experienced, physically fit distance hikers. We climb steeply along ranch roads past an abandoned coal mine, the Fremont Weather Station, remnants of a […]

Mini Moab Distance Hike: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Fri, 01/25/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 16
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Weekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride – Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking

Enjoy the relaxation of riding in the wilderness on empty trails and join us on this docent led mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon. We will visit Dripping Springs which is a fern covered, year-round source of water for the local wildlife. The ride will also stop at the west viewing deck for the Sinks […]

Weekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride - Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 01/25/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
1 of 18
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
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. […]

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 01/25/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
8 of 15
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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:
Fri, 01/25/2019
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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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a fast-paced, early morning, extreme cardio hike in Fremont Canyon and Weir Canyon. This approximately 10-mile cardio hike, completed in 3 hours, includes a 1,800-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit cardio hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. You must be an experienced cardio hiker […]

Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons
Date:
Sat, 01/26/2019
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Earthcache Hike to East Sinks

Interpretive

Come and hike with us to the East Sinks in Limestone Canyon, location of the Earthcache site — a special place people can visit to learn about unique aspects of the Earth — listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled “The Sinks- Irvine Ranch Wildlands, GC1ZB6V.” This hike is open to existing geocachers, those curious about […]

Earthcache Hike to East Sinks
Date:
Sat, 01/26/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Winter Beginners Bird Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

With the opportunity to view large flocks of ducks, gulls, and other shorebirds, this beginner level bird walk will feature the migratory birds who visit Upper Newport Bay every winter. We will walk along the bay and bluffs and focus on basic bird identification, binocular use, and how to use all the available clues to […]

Winter Beginners Bird Walk
Date:
Sat, 01/26/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Spaces Left:
Full
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Be a GSI – Garden Scene Investigator

Interpretive

Use your powers of observation and trusted internet resources to solve garden problems, identify plants and deal with pests. Learn the steps Master Gardeners take when answering questions on their hotline. This activity is hosted by Irvine Ranch Water District. Sign-up required, registration opens in January: RightScapeNow.com/events

Be a GSI – Garden Scene Investigator
Date:
Sat, 01/26/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Ranch Water District
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Kayak Tour

Water

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Sunday. This is one of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay by getting out on the water. Kayaking in the Newport Beach Back Bay is fun and easy. Tours leaves from the […]

Kayak Tour
Date:
Sat, 01/26/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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