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, September 22, 2018

Advanced Trail Run in Limestone

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning trail run in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. We will start running along a paved road to East Loma dirt trail then on to Box Springs and into Limestone Canyon. This approximately […]

Advanced Trail Run in  Limestone
Date:
Sat, 09/22/2018
Time:
6:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Restoration and Resilience: Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Partners at the Native Seed Farm

Special Events

Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy at our Native Seed Farm on September 22, 2018 from 8:00am to 1:00pm for National Public Lands Day to learn what local conservation managers near you are doing to restore habitat for Orange County’s native plants and animals. Then roll up your sleeves and help pick some native seed that will […]

Restoration and Resilience: Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Partners at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 09/22/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion 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:
Sat, 09/22/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Black Star

Interpretive

Enjoy a full moon hike in Black Star Canyon on Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will travel at an easy pace, allowing time to enjoy our surrounding sights and sounds. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower paced hike, are in good health and can walk on uneven surfaces in a wilderness environment. […]

Full Moon Hike: Black Star
Date:
Sat, 09/22/2018
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Geology of the Canyon Hike to the Sinks

Interpretive

Join us on a 8 mile long with 700′ elevation gain moderate-paced, geology-based guided hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Discover geologic principles and apply them to the geological features in Limestone Canyon, and chat with your naturalist as you learn about the formation of The Sinks, an iconic geological formation often compared to a mini-Grand Canyon […]

Geology of the Canyon Hike to the Sinks
Date:
Sun, 09/23/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
8 of 25
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Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

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 Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The […]

Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sun, 09/23/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tai Chi in the Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform […]

Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 09/24/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 10
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Monday 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:
Mon, 09/24/2018
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:
9 of 30
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Tuesday, September 25, 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, 09/25/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
28 of 30
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Sunset Mountain Bike Ride to Cathedral Rock

Mountain Biking

Think you would enjoy a challenging, but relaxing evening biking in the wilderness on empty trails with both a sunset and a nice view of city lights, then join us on this summer time ride to Cathedral Rock. Cathedral Rock is located at the high point on the south/east ridge of Fremont Canyon; this spot […]

Sunset Mountain Bike Ride to Cathedral Rock
Date:
Tue, 09/25/2018
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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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:
Tue, 09/25/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
orchard hills

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Orchard Hills and Loma Ridge. We’ll hike around an avocado grove on the edge of the open space preserve and up to Loma Ridge, providing spectacular views of all of Orange County. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, including 2600+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, […]

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Wed, 09/26/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
11 of 20
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
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:
Wed, 09/26/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
16 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, 09/26/2018
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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