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.

Sunday, August 25, 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! The class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting with platform position […]

Mountain Bike Clinic: Terrain Skills
Date:
Sun, 08/25/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: Crafty Kids Sundays

Interpretive

Come join us for a fun themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Crafty Kids Sunday features FREE craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

CANCELLED: Crafty Kids Sundays
Date:
Sun, 08/25/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
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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, 08/25/2019
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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Snakes at the Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join us to learn about the slithery, not slimy snakes who live at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and are a very beneficial part of the ecosystem. The program will begin indoors at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive center where we will meet live, non-venomous native snakes up close and in person. After learning […]

Snakes at the Bay
Date:
Sun, 08/25/2019
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Monday, August 26, 2019

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, 08/26/2019
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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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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, 08/27/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
18 of 30
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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, 08/27/2019
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, August 28, 2019

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Bommer Canyon. This area was historically a center for cattle operations that occurred in the San Joaquin Hills up until the late 1990s, and is now part of the Open Space Preserve. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents across a variety of trail types, […]

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 08/28/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
16 of 20
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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:
Wed, 08/28/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
23 of 25
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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, 08/28/2019
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:
2 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 and uneven terrain, but the hike is done […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Wed, 08/28/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday Morning Trek: Limestone Canyon and Dripping Springs

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in Limestone Canyon to Dripping Springs. The hike is 7-mile loop hike which includes some hills and descents. In addition to the springs, we will enjoy panoramic views of the wildlands from East Loma. Please bring water, a trail snack, sun screen, hat, and any […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Limestone Canyon and Dripping Springs
Date:
Thu, 08/29/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 25
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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, 08/29/2019
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:
3 of 30
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Friday, August 30, 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, 08/30/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
15 of 15
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Starry, Starry Night

Interpretive

Come join us for an interactive evening under the stars.  Immerse yourself in a scaled down version of our solar system.  Test your imagination in naming the constellations.  Reenact the struggle between Orion and the Scorpion.  The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a high level of interpretation. This […]

Starry, Starry Night
Date:
Fri, 08/30/2019
Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning cardio hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings.  This is a 6 mile cardio hike, completed in 1.5 hours, includes a 1000+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 08/31/2019
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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