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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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, 02/20/2018
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, 02/20/2018
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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Twilight Hike in Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Come enjoy a leisurely paced, 2-3 mph, hike in the Irvine Open Space. Get to know the nature around you as we explore Orchard Hills at that magic time just before and after sunset. We will walk around an avocado orchard that borders on the natural open space. Far-reaching views from the highest point reward […]

Twilight Hike in Orchard Hills
Date:
Tue, 02/20/2018
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, February 21, 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, 02/21/2018
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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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, 02/21/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 02/21/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: 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 […]

CANCELLED: Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk
Date:
Wed, 02/21/2018
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, 02/21/2018
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, February 22, 2018

Thursday Morning Trek: Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Open Space, we’ll be in Bommer Canyon, once part of the historic Irvine cattle ranch where corrals and ranch equipment still stand. The hike is a seven-mile loop with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking the ocean and many Irvine locales. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Thu, 02/22/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 25
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Fitness Hike – Little Sycamore

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 difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-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, 02/22/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 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, 02/22/2018
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:
20 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:
Thu, 02/22/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
10 of 20
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Friday, February 23, 2018

California Lilacs and Other Early Bloomers of Baker

Interpretive

California Lilacs are some of the earliest and most spectacular blooming plants in California, and Baker Canyon is home to 4 different species. Join us on a walk through the varied habitats of Baker Canyon, and learn how to identify the early-blooming plants. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, along with sun protection such […]

California Lilacs and Other Early Bloomers of Baker
Date:
Fri, 02/23/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Weekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride – Highlights of Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking

Enjoy the relaxation of riding in the wilderness on empty trails and join us on this docent led mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon. We will first visit Dripping Springs which is a fern covered, year-round source of water for the local wildlife. The ride will then continue on past the Sinks to our turn-around […]

Weekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride - Highlights of Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 02/23/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
19 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
17 of 25
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Advanced Mountain Bike: Limestone to Whiting via Loma

Mountain Biking

Join us for an advanced, fast-paced, early morning, mountain bike ride in Limestone . This approximately 20-mile mountain bike ride, completed in 3 hours, includes a 2000-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit riders who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. You must be an experienced mountain biker in excellent […]

Advanced Mountain Bike: Limestone to Whiting via Loma
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
20 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 15
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Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Baker Canyon for this slower intro-to-cardio hike. This scenic loop hike will involve a few steep climbs with a net gain of about 1000′ but you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the northeastern edge of the […]

Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space Preserve into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water. Maximum distance is just short […]

Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Irvine Lake View Hike

Interpretive

Hike with us up the east side of Fremont Canyon to arrive at a stunning view of  Irvine Lake.  This is not a cardio-hike; although there are some steep areas which are challenging. Our pace will be moderate with stops to look at the views, the blooming flowers, and catch our breath. This is an […]

Irvine Lake View Hike
Date:
Sat, 02/24/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 25
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