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.

Click here to learn more about IRC-Certified Volunteers.    •   Click here to learn more about the Difficulty Ratings.

Friday, September 20, 2019

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, 09/20/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Limestone

Mountain Biking

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore Limestone Canyon on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails on this fast-paced, advanced ride.  This ride will reward with beautiful views, diverse native plants and animals. PLEASE NOTE: there are multiple very steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 2,200 feet over 14 miles.  This hard […]

Advanced  Mountain Bike Ride Limestone
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Better Birding Basics: Birds of Round Canyon

Interpretive
acorn woodpecker bird

Round Canyon is a gentle trail through mixed habitat of coastal sage scrub and oak woodlands. There is enough shade that it is a pleasant walk throughout the whole year. Join a group of birders as we look for birds typically found in this area, and consider the special needs of birds that are adapted […]

Better Birding Basics: Birds of Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Exploring Baker Canyon: Navigating in the Wilderness

Interpretive

Have you ever felt lost out on the trail? Come join us on a 3 mile interpretive hike through beautiful Baker Canyon as we learn the basics of reading and interpreting different maps and using compasses. Please come prepared with plenty (50 oz) of water, closed-toe shoes, and a sturdy day pack with anything you might […]

Exploring Baker Canyon: Navigating in the Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving 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 quirky native summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushion and California Wishbone Bush. […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Special Note: Cattle Camp is currently under renovation and space for parking in the corral is reduced. Carpooling is highly recommended and appreciated during this time. 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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Coastal Clean Up Day at the Bay

Stewardship

OC Parks invites you to lend a helping hand and join volunteers around the world for Coastal Cleanup Day. Make an impact on our coastlines as we work together to remove trash and recyclables from the marsh, waterway and beaches. Get ready to get dirty! Please wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes or rain boots […]

Coastal Clean Up Day at the Bay
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Inner-Coastal & Watershed Clean-Up Day at Peters Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join us at Peters Canyon as we participate in Inner-Coastal and Watershed Clean-Up Day by picking up trash along the trails. Bags and gloves will be provided. Please bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.) and a reusable water bottle.

Inner-Coastal & Watershed Clean-Up Day at Peters Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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, 09/21/2019
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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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 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 3 miles […]

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 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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Meditating in Nature

Interpretive
Interpretive

Relax in nature this summer with park staff and volunteers. Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/4 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up; ages 16 and 17 accompanied by an adult. Laguna Coast […]

Meditating in Nature
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Meditating in Nature

Interpretive
Interpretive

Relax in nature this summer with park staff and volunteers. Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/4 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool. No experience necessary. Ages 16 and up; ages 16 and 17 accompanied by an adult. Laguna Coast […]

Meditating in Nature
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Nighttime Bugs: Augustine Staging Area

Interpretive

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 […]

Nighttime Bugs: Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Sat, 09/21/2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Spaces Left:
2 of 15
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes […]

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sun, 09/22/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
11 of 20
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