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, April 11, 2020

Volutaria Response Team

Stewardship

Volutaria tubuliflora otherwise known as Egyptian Knapweed is a recently introduced invasive plant to our area and we need your help to get rid of it! It is not yet widespread, and we have a chance to prevent it from taking over at Upper Newport Bay. During the growing season, we will meet on the […]

Volutaria Response Team
Date:
Sat, 04/11/2020
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
23 of 35
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Interpretive

Led by Sea and Sage Audubon Society in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, this free monthly bird walk is a great way to learn more about the wonderful world of birds. Discover a diversity of resident and migratory birds with expert birders as we explore the freshwater ponds and riparian areas of the […]

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sun, 04/12/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Friday, May 1, 2020

Limestone Canyon Geology Hike to The Sinks

Interpretive

Come along with us to visit one of the most photographed and famous sites on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks – The Sinks. This interpretative program will begin with a hike along a canyon corridor and will visit The Sinks. Along the way we’ll talk about the geologic processes that over millions of years created […]

Limestone Canyon Geology Hike to The Sinks
Date:
Fri, 05/01/2020
Time:
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
17 of 20
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Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area

Equestrian

Take a leisurely double loop equestrian ride through beautiful Baker Canyon in the Black Star Wilderness Area, 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 wildflowers that are native to our area.  You will gain amazing […]

Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area
Date:
Fri, 05/01/2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
8 of 8
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Wild Tales

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. Trails […]

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 05/01/2020
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
10 of 15
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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

Special Events

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 05/02/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
288 of 300
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Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
horse horses

Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use, where you can reach several peeks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks through the thick chaparral brush. Riders […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 05/02/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
3 of 3
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Grow & Harvest Seed at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then please join the Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our Native Seed Farm! These weekly stewardship activities take place on most Wednesdays and Saturdays year-round. The plants you help grow on the Farm are selected by our ecologists to support natural diversity and ecosystem resilience. Many provide […]

Grow & Harvest Seed at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 05/02/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
25 of 25
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Native Plant Hike

Interpretive

Come join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists to learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft. elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a […]

Native Plant Hike
Date:
Sat, 05/02/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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NATURE WALK at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Interpretive

Led by Sea and Sage Audubon in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, Nature Walks is a free 90 minute nature walk for all ages at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Winter, spring, summer or fall, the 300 acre freshwater wetland displays the seasonal beauty of colors, sounds, and aromas of nature. Under the […]

NATURE WALK at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sat, 05/02/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve, we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve […]

Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 05/02/2020
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy miles of lush oak studded canyons, fascinating rock formations and sweeping views in the tranquility of the back country on this fast-paced fitness hike. On a clear day we’ll be rewarded with glorious views of the San Gabriel and Santa Ana mountains. This special and ecologically fragile area has been closed for some time […]

Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop
Date:
Sun, 05/03/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
24 of 25
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Irvine Lake Nature Hike

Interpretive

Join us for a 2.5 mile hike along the west shore of Irvine Lake, where we will keep an eye out for wintering migratory birds and take in some of the views surrounding Orange County’s largest lake. A $5 parking fee is required upon entering Irvine Lake.  Hikers are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. […]

Irvine Lake Nature Hike
Date:
Sun, 05/03/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Lake
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
15 of 25
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