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.

Saturday, January 20, 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, 01/20/2018
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
20 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this challenging fast-paced cardio hike. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak, the Cleveland National Forest and the Sinks along the way. Remember, this cardio hike is much faster than a walk, […]

Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Keep it Wild – Laguna Coast Wilderness

Stewardship

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship […]

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon

Mountain Biking

Join us for a docent-led mountain bike ride through the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This moderate-paced mountain bike tour through the picturesque hills of Bommer and Shady Canyons includes a combination of ranch roads and multiple intermediate and advanced level technical single-track trails, with many steep climbs and descents. Over 2700 feet of accumulated climbing […]

Mountain Bike Ride in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Explore Bommer Canyon: Bommer Ridge Loop

Hiking & Fitness

Join us on a wonderful, moderately paced hike, in the beautiful Bommer Canyon. Take in the breathtaking views of Irvine and the surrounding area as we hike up to and along the ridge line of the canyon. Along your hike, you will joined by IRC volunteers who will be sharing their knowledge about the local […]

Explore Bommer Canyon: Bommer Ridge Loop
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: Red Rock Canyon in Whiting Ranch Earthcache Hike

Interpretive

Come and hike with us to Red Rock Canyon in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, location of the Earthcache site — a special place people can visit to learn about unique aspects of the Earth — listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled “Red Rock Canyon – Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, GCQ0ZN.” This hike is open […]

CANCELLED: Red Rock Canyon in Whiting Ranch Earthcache Hike
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center

Stewardship

Allow Park Rangers to keep the beautiful Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center open for public enjoyment. Volunteers will monitor visitors and keep attendance. Building is climate controlled. No experience is necessary.

CANCELLED Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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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 of  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 […]

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 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, January 21, 2018

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Help improve native habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park by removing non-native invasive plants, which steal light, water and nutrients from native species. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, light snacks, and gloves, and wear a hat and closed-toe shoes.

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Agua Chinon Geology Hike to Both Sides of The Sinks

Interpretive

Come along with us to visit one of the most photographed and famous sites on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks – The Sinks. This interpretative program will begin with a hike along a riparian corridor currently being restored with native plants and will visit both east and west sides of The Sinks.  Along the way we’ll […]

Agua Chinon Geology Hike to Both Sides of The Sinks
Date:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Weekend Trek: Slow-Paced Hike to Dripping Springs via Hick’s Haul and Loma

Hiking & Fitness

This slower-paced interpretive hike in Limestone Canyon is 7 miles and included some hills trekking to Dripping Springs; a fern-covered rock face dripping with life-giving water creating an essential watering hole for wildlife in the canyon.

Weekend Trek: Slow-Paced Hike to Dripping Springs via Hick's Haul and Loma
Date:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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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 link with the natural environment. There will be instructor led yoga above the scenic Avocado Orchard with the West Loma Ridge rising along side. Views of the Pacific coastline peep through the trees at […]

YIKING: Cardio Hike and Yoga
Date:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
11 of 20
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Fossils are Fun

Interpretive

Come out and visit the Mesa. We will take 2-3 mile hike looking for fossils deposited here in Orange County millions of years ago when Orange County was a sea. A slight elevation gain (200 feet) to start the hike will give incredible views of the surrounding peaks and the red rock cliffs of Blackstar […]

Fossils are Fun
Date:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center

Stewardship

Allow Park Rangers to keep the beautiful Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center open for public enjoyment. Volunteers will monitor visitors and keep attendance. Building is climate controlled. No experience is necessary.

CANCELLED Staff Santiago Oaks Nature Center
Date:
Sun, 01/21/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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