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 15, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Distance Hike: Santiago Oaks and Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging distance hike in Santiago Oaks and Weir Canyon Nature Preserve. Hiking distance is up to 13 miles and is designed for advanced hikers.  Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. This hike is on double and single track trails with numerous steep climbs and descents.  The hike […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Distance Hike: Santiago Oaks and Weir Canyon
Date:
Fri, 02/15/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Flora and Fauna of Buck Gully- Oasis Shuttle Service Route

Interpretive

Explore the magnificent diversity of native flora and fauna in the Buck Gully Reserve on this interpretive walk. This will be a slow paced hike, traversing Buck Gully from top to bottom. We will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from the Oasis Senior Center and hike from the park east along San Joaquin Hills […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Flora and Fauna of Buck Gully- Oasis Shuttle Service Route
Date:
Fri, 02/15/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
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, 02/15/2019
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 16, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Baker Canyon for this slower intro-to-cardio hike. This scenic loop hike will involve a few steep climbs with a net gain of about 1000′ but you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the northeastern edge of the […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Intro to Cardio Hike at Baker Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Geology of the Canyon Hike to the Sinks

Interpretive

Join us on an 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Geology of the Canyon Hike to the Sinks
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Keep It Wild – Big Bend

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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Keep It Wild  - Big Bend
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks

Mountain Biking

Join us in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve and Santiago Oaks Regional Park on this docent-led mountain bike ride beneath a canopy of coastal live oaks in the historic Weir Canyon area. 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Fossils are Fun

Interpretive

Come out and enjoy this family fun activity on the Mesa. We will start with an activity to make your own fossil then we will take a 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Fossils are Fun
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Great Backyard Bird Count at Upper Newport Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national citizen science initiative that allows anyone of any age to make a meaningful contribution to bird conservation and protection. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how […]

Great Backyard Bird Count at Upper Newport Bay
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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:
Sat, 02/16/2019
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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Art on the Landmarks: Painting Limestone Canyon

Interpretive

Dive into the amazing array of color of the canyons on this outdoor Art on the Landmarks program. Bring along your paints, pens, pencils or pastels to create your own creation of the beautiful scenery around you. We will ride in an open air vehicle to an ideal location that meets the group’s needs for […]

Art on the Landmarks: Painting Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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. […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Full Moon Hike: Black Star
Date:
Sat, 02/16/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 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, February 17, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5 mile hike is conducted at about 2.5 miles per hour over mainly level trails. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Coal Mine and Canyons Cardio Hike

Hiking & Fitness

This is a challenging and fantastic cardio and hill workout that will reward you with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains, ocean and canyons. This fast paced 12 mile wilderness hike will climb 2200 ft of accumulated elevation as we travel through the canyons of Fremont, Blind and Weir. We’ll hike through coastal sage, […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Coal Mine and Canyons Cardio Hike
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
4 of 20
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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 Trail Conditions: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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