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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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in the remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under 6 miles and includes a steep hill. We will hike from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station. After enjoying a spectacular view, we will hike back […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Thu, 12/13/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Fitness Hike – Little Sycamore

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 difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile+ hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 18 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, […]

Fitness Hike - Little Sycamore
Date:
Thu, 12/13/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking

Explore Limestone Canyon by night on this intermediate mountain bike night ride. We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks, and along Limestone Ridge or Limestone Valley, depending on the group. Please plan for a distance between 10-12 miles. Please arrive early as it will get dark quickly. Trails include […]

Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Thu, 12/13/2018
Time:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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, 12/13/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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:
Thu, 12/13/2018
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, December 14, 2018

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Fremont Loop Distance Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for an extremely challenging and strenuous hiking adventure in the scenic Fremont Canyon Wilderness Area. This 15-mile loop hike is for experienced, physically fit distance hikers. The hike is on fire/SCE dirt roads with numerous significantly steep, unrelenting climbs and descents. We hike the entire rim of Fremont Canyon, passing by an abandoned coal […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Fremont Loop Distance Hike
Date:
Fri, 12/14/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
15 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 15
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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, 12/14/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
2 of 12
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California Holly and Other Winter Flora of Buck Gully – Oasis Shuttle Service Route

Interpretive

The California holly is special this time of year! We will explore the holly and other neighboring flora thriving in Buck Gully during the cooler, wetter wintertime. This is a slow paced hike on a fairly flat trail which traverses the lower half of Buck Gully.  We will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from […]

California Holly and Other Winter Flora of Buck Gully - Oasis Shuttle Service Route
Date:
Fri, 12/14/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 12/14/2018
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, December 15, 2018

Advanced Fremont Loop Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this fast-paced advanced ride.  Fremont Canyon remains one of the most wild places in Orange County, with a diversity of rare plants and animals, and this […]

Advanced Fremont Loop Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 15
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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, 12/15/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
4 of 25
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CANCELLED: Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon

Mountain Biking

Join us for a docent-led mountain bike ride through the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This moderate-paced mountain bike tour through the picturesque hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons includes a combination of ranch roads and multiple intermediate and advanced level technical single-track trails, with many steep climbs and descents. Over 2700 feet of accumulated climbing […]

CANCELLED: Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
10 of 15
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Geology of the Canyon: Hike to the Sinks

Interpretive

Join us on a 8 mile long, moderate-paced, geology-based guided hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Discover geologic principles and apply them to the geological features in Limestone Canyon. Chat with your naturalist as you learn about the formation of The Sinks, an iconic geological formation often compared to a mini-Grand Canyon for Orange County. Review the […]

Geology of the Canyon: Hike to the Sinks
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Full
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Keep It Wild – 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 […]

Keep It Wild  - Big Bend
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Limestone Canyon Photography Truck Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a backcountry wilderness driving tour filled with great sightseeing and photographic opportunities. Our journey begins at the Hicks Haul Staging Area, where you will board the back of an open-air, ten-seat, 4-wheel drive vehicle for a tour of Limestone Canyon.
 We will stop occasionally for 10-15 minutes or so to admire the […]

Limestone Canyon Photography Truck Tour
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
97 of 200
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Do a good deed and get a dose of Nature! Come experience the cool mornings and the spicy aromas of a California autumn while working with us at our one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush. […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 12/15/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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