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, April 24, 2018

Birds of Mason Regional Park

Interpretive

Are you able to spot the ducks, geese and grebes in the lakes? Can you hear and see the songbirds on the trees and in the bushes? There may also be shorebirds and hawks at the park! Come join an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher and learn about the birds of William R. Mason […]

Birds of Mason Regional Park
Date:
Tue, 04/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Mason Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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:
Tue, 04/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 04/24/2018
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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Evening Hike in the Canyons

Hiking & Fitness

Come join us for some after work exercise on the Mesa Loop. The hike will cover close to 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace and will offer us beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding canyons. Also keep your eyes open for any animals starting their nightly routines. Please bring water and wear sturdy […]

Evening Hike in the Canyons
Date:
Tue, 04/24/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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, 04/25/2018
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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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Could use a boost of  living colors? Looking for a way to give back to Nature? Then sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine!  You will be harvesting seeds from beautiful native spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Absolutely no experience or […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 04/25/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for this relaxing combination of hiking and yoga in Bommer Canyon. Participants will hike around a 1-mile loop, strolling through the local meadow and finding unity within nature. Then we will return to our yoga mats where we will be led in 45 to 60 minutes of guided yoga, under the canopy of sycamores. Our yoga […]

Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk
Date:
Wed, 04/25/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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, 04/25/2018
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, April 26, 2018

Fitness Hike – Willow

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 strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 18 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon […]

Fitness Hike – Willow
Date:
Thu, 04/26/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen

Interpretive

Come end your day with a quiet walk through the calming canyons on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will watch for soaring red-tailed hawks, listen to birds quietly sing, and inhale the fragrance of fresh sage. Shed away the day’s repetitions and join us as we take a “slow walk” into Baker Canyon, mindful […]

Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen
Date:
Thu, 04/26/2018
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
6 of 20
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Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

From the beautiful oak tree lined trail to the expansive hilltop views, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced evening fitness hike in scenic Bommer Canyon. This hike is a little over 3 miles with 700 feet of elevation gain in the first half. Participants must be able to hike 3+ miles per hour with little need […]

Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Thu, 04/26/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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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, 04/26/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
17 of 30
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Weekday Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride – Baker/Fremont Canyons

Mountain Biking

Enjoy riding in the wilderness on empty trails, then join us on a docent-led mountain bike ride that loops through Fremont, Baker and Black Star Canyons. The route features expansive views, as well as the flora and fauna of the Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve and Black Star Canyon Nature Park. The ride will stop several […]

Weekday Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride - Baker/Fremont Canyons
Date:
Fri, 04/27/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
15 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
3 of 15
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Art on the Landmarks: Orchard Hills Overlook

Interpretive

Dive into the amazing array of color of the canyons on this art in the park program. Bring along your paints, pens, pencils or pastels to create your own creation of the beautiful scenery around you. We will travel in a safari type vehicle to the Orchard Hills Overlook. Then, settle in and create your […]

Art on the Landmarks: Orchard Hills Overlook
Date:
Fri, 04/27/2018
Time:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Orchard Hills

Interpretive

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Orchard Hills. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and […]

Full Moon Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Fri, 04/27/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Cathedral Rock

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  Mountain Bike Ride Cathedral Rock
Date:
Sat, 04/28/2018
Time:
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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