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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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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, 02/19/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Quail Hill Loop Trail Enhancement

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we enhance the Quail Hill Loop trail by planting and weeding around native shrubs and cactus in degraded portions of the trail. Your work will help restore habitat that will benefit wildlife, and make the trail enjoyable to explore. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness […]

Quail Hill Loop Trail Enhancement
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks

Hiking & Fitness
red rocks black star canyon

Join us on a twilight hike where we will see the ancient geologic formation Red Rocks change colors as the sun sets.  The hike will be up to 3.5 miles round trip with a mild elevation gain and done at an easy pace. Participants must be able to walk on uneven surfaces in a wilderness environment. Please come […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
moon

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers (as the […]

Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, February 20, 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, 02/20/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
16 of 20
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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, 02/20/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
18 of 20
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Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge

Stewardship

Sahara mustard is a nasty exotic that has invaded thousands of acres across Southern California and is just beginning to encroach upon the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Now is the time to act! Over the last five years volunteers have been successfully keeping this plant at bay at Loma Ridge within the Irvine Ranch Open Space. Your […]

Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge
Date:
Wed, 02/20/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 6
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Full Moon Cardio Night Hike: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced cardio hike in Limestone Canyon under the light of a full moon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with canyon views and possible nocturnal wildlife sightings. This is an advanced 8 mile cardio hike, completed in less than 2.5 hours and includes  1700+ feet of elevation gain. […]

Full Moon Cardio Night Hike: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Wed, 02/20/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
6 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, 02/20/2019
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:
19 of 30
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Open Space, we’ll be in Quail Hill, once part of the historic Irvine cattle ranch. The hike is seven and a half miles with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking Laguna Canyon and many Irvine locales. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, hat and any other necessary equipment to […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 02/21/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 20
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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, 6-mile+ hike (500-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, 02/21/2019
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, 02/21/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
2 of 5
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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, 02/21/2019
Time:
5:30 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, 02/21/2019
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:
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 and uneven terrain, but the hike is done […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Thu, 02/21/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
8 of 20
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Friday, February 22, 2019

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, 02/22/2019
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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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, 02/22/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
7 of 15
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