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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Friday, February 22, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs

Equestrian
equestrian horses

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see some of the wild flowers that are native to our area.  You will also see some of the designated natural landmarks of […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs
Date:
Fri, 02/22/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wild Tales

Interpretive
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. […]

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 02/22/2019
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, February 23, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a fast-paced, early morning, extreme cardio hike in Fremont Canyon and Weir Canyon. This approximately 10-mile cardio hike, completed in 3 hours, includes a 1,800-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit cardio hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. You must be an experienced cardio hiker […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons
Date:
Sat, 02/23/2019
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Explore Weir Canyon: Animal Signs and Tracks

Interpretive

Come join us as we hike 5 miles through the lovely Weir Canyon. Before our hike starts a brief introduction to animal tracks and scats will be given. Along our journey, we will be looking for any signs animals might have left behind for us to find. Tracks, scats, and other signs are out there […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Explore Weir Canyon: Animal Signs and Tracks
Date:
Sat, 02/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons

Mountain Biking

Join us to ride through Fremont, Blind, and Weir Canyons on this docent-led mountain bike ride. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and physically fit.  The rider has experience and skills, but may need to move slowly in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. Riders must […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyons
Date:
Sat, 02/23/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then join us at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! You will help us plant new little plants into our growing fields and use various weeding tools to remove weeds so our new plants can grow up strong. Having more plants at […]

Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 02/23/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
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, 02/23/2019
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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Geology Hike – Willow

Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). Laguna Coast Wilderness […]

Geology Hike – Willow
Date:
Sat, 02/23/2019
Time:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 02/23/2019
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 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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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mountain Bike Clinic – Terrain Skills

Mountain Biking

If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing skills developing terrain-influenced bike handling over several types of man-made features, this is the clinic for you! Class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting with platform position and […]

Mountain Bike Clinic - Terrain Skills
Date:
Sun, 02/24/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
8 of 18
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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:
Sun, 02/24/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
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:
Sun, 02/24/2019
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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Monday, February 25, 2019

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, 02/25/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 10
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