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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Sunday, December 17, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Weir Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5 to 5.5 mile hike is conducted at about 3 miles per hour over mainly level trails with opportunity to do one […]

CANCELLED due to Fire: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
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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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga

Hiking & Fitness

Hiking combined with outdoor yoga adds a unique dimension to your fitness experience and yoga practice. YIKING allows the spirit to connect with nature. There will be instructor led yoga in a clearing above the scenic avocado orchard with the West Loma Ridge rising alongside. Views of the Pacific coastline peep through the trees at […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Double Loop: Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Come explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in your backyard! This scenic hike involves steep climbs and descents on both double and singletrack trails and around 1100’ of accumulated climbing elevation. Though challenging, the hike rewards you with sweeping views of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and Santa Ana Mountains. On clear days you can […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Double Loop: Baker Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Mountain Bike Clinic - Terrain Skills
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire: Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyon

Mountain Biking

Experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this moderate-paced ride through Fremont, Blind, and Weir Canyons. Fremont Canyon remains one of the most wild places in Orange County, with a diversity of rare plants […]

CANCELLED due to Fire: Moderate-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Fremont, Blind, Weir Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
17 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: The Natural History of Baker Canyon

Interpretive

Enjoy views of the Santa Ana mountains, as well the wildflowers and plants of oak-shaded Baker Canyon as you learn why so many different plants and animals call this place home. Part of this 7.5-mile hike ascends a ridge with a few steep sections (500 feet of total elevation change), so come prepared with weather […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: The Natural History of Baker Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire: Santiago Oaks Stewardship

Stewardship

Leave your park better than you found it! Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff during monthly habitat stewardship activities at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, aimed at keeping the park’s habitat healthy. Identified in collaboration with the Park Rangers that patrol the trails everyday, stewardship projects can include planting to combat the effects of hiking, biking and riding off-trail, removing […]

CANCELLED due to Fire: Santiago Oaks Stewardship
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Stewardship

Santiago Oaks Regional Park needs help in caring for its beautiful woodland gardens. No experience is necessary. Training, tools and gloves will be provided. Duties and responsibilities will vary week to week and month to month.

CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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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, 12/17/2017
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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CANCELLED due to Fire: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a back-country wilderness tour filled with great sightseeing, photographic, and sketching opportunities. Our journey begins at the foot of Santiago Dam and Irvine Lake, where you will board 4-wheel drive vehicles for an 11-to-17 mile tour of the hills surrounding Fremont Canyon.
We will stop frequently for 15-30 minutes to admire the views, […]

CANCELLED due to Fire: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Monday, December 18, 2017

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:
Mon, 12/18/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: 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 […]

CANCELLED: Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 12/18/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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