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, January 23, 2018

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this […]

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Tue, 01/23/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Birds of Mason Regional Park

Interpretive
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, 01/23/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Mason Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Restoration Stewardship – 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 […]

Restoration Stewardship  - Big Bend
Date:
Tue, 01/23/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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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, 01/23/2018
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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Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we plant native shrubs along the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont! Spend the afternoon working under an oak woodland and coastal sage habitat. Your work on the trail will help establish important habitat in Fremont for local wildlife. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness […]

Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Tue, 01/23/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, January 24, 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, 01/24/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
11 of 20
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Trail Love – Drain Gang in Bommer Canyon

Trail Work

Join IRC’s Drain Gang on its mission improve Bommer Canyon’s single track trails. Our main objective will be to repair drainage structures (drainage dips, tread outslope, drainage knicks, etc.) so they will function well this wet season and protect the trails from erosion. We will use pick mattocks, shovels and rakes/McLeods to clean and enhance existing […]

Trail Love - Drain Gang in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 01/24/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
9 of 10
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Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on […]

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 01/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
17 of 20
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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, 01/24/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 30
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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, 01/24/2018
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:
11 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, but the hike is done at a moderate […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Wed, 01/24/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
15 of 20
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure as we hike to the Hangman’s Tree Monument on Loma Ridge. Hike distance is 6 miles and affords fantastic views along the way, spanning the Pacific coastline, San Gabriel peaks and the Santa Ana Mountains. Several very steep climbs and descents are part of this route. We’ll […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills
Date:
Thu, 01/25/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 20
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Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 17-minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, […]

Fitness Hike – Ridge Park
Date:
Thu, 01/25/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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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, 01/25/2018
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, January 26, 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, 01/26/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
15 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
14 of 25
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Art on the Landmarks: Painting in Limestone Canyon

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 to an ideal location in a safari-type vehicle that meets the group’s needs for inspiration. Then, […]

Art on the Landmarks: Painting in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 01/26/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
4 of 9
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Hike to OC’s Grand Canyon with Irvine Councilmember Melissa Fox

Hiking & Fitness

Join Irvine Councilmember Melissa Fox and naturalists on a hike up Agua Chinon Wash to The Sinks, with a visit to one of Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s large riparian habitat restoration projects. This spectacular hike takes you alongside a dry creek bed in Agua Chinon Wash, the headwaters of San Diego Creek, which meanders through Irvine […]

Hike to OC's Grand Canyon with Irvine Councilmember Melissa Fox
Date:
Fri, 01/26/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Wild Tales

Interpretive

In partnership with OC Parks, join Newport Bay Conservancy for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a short nature walk, and arts and crafts. $5/child, pre-registration is required by calling 949-923-2269 or emailing info@newportbay.org. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 01/26/2018
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
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