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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Saturday, October 21, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon to Raptor and Limestone Ridge

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning, 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 mile cardio hike, completed in 1.5 hours and includes a 1000+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon to Raptor and Limestone Ridge
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness

Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike that incorporates a little more interpretation.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included throughout this 6 mile […]

CANCELLED: Intro Cardio Fitness: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon, Sandtrap to The Sinks

Mountain Biking

Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon on this docent-led mountain bike ride beneath a canopy of coastal live oaks up to beautiful vistas and the viewing deck of The Sinks. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and physically fit.   The rider should have experience […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon, Sandtrap to The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Keep it Wild – Laguna Coast Wilderness

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join the Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us 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 restoration activities.including removal of non-native […]

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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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 […]

Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 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, 10/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: 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. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required. You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Big Canyon Nature Walk

Interpretive

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, join a highly informative themed plant and bird program. A short walk in an area where several habitats meet, provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. If a particular […]

Big Canyon Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Big Canyon Nature Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Exploring Bommer: All About Kids Family Hike

Interpretive

Hey kids, bring your parents out to this fun, guided hike in the wilderness south of Irvine. We’ll search for animal clues left along the trail and discover what it’s like to be a wild animal kid. This is a short, easy hike suitable for the younger members of the family. Parent(s) or guardian must […]

Exploring Bommer: All About Kids Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 10/21/2017
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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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Family Hike: Agua Chinon

Interpretive

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradual climb of 500 ft elevation of  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 will average […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Nighttime Bugs: Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship

Join us for this evening program as we explore biodiversity at the local level with that most diverse group of organisms, the insects! Taking advantage of the fact that UV light is highly visible to most insects, we will attract them by using black-lights (low energy/low frequency UV lights). We can then examine them up […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Nighttime Bugs: Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
7
Spaces Left:
Full
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Benefits of Bats

Interpretive

Uncover the mysteries and myths of the mighty bat. Join Park Ranger Jenn in a family friendly program discovering the truth and cool facts about bats. Learn why we should love our neighborhood bats and why they are so beneficial. • Come early to check out our bat skulls and see other cool batty things. […]

Benefits of Bats
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Mason Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Weir Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5 to 5.5 mile hike is conducted at about 3 miles per hour over mainly level trails with opportunity to do one […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon
Date:
Sun, 10/22/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Sun, 10/22/2017
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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