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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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in the remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under 6 miles and includes a steep hill. We will hike from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station. After enjoying a spectacular view, we will hike back […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Thu, 11/15/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 19–minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 18 and up. Not for beginners. Wear hiking shoes and […]

Fitness Hike – Ridge Park
Date:
Thu, 11/15/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Stewardship

Invading weeds degrade habitat for birds and other wildlife. Help us keep wildlife healthy by weeding artichoke thistle from the Quail Hill loop in Irvine. This activity takes place on uneven terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are […]

Pulling Together at Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 11/15/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship

Please join us at the Native Plant Nursery located at the Augustine Staging Area. This is a unique opportunity to help seed native plants species in small containers, and water the newly planted native shrubs. Your help will help to enhance native habitat within Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve! We will be working in close proximity to the parking area.  […]

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Thu, 11/15/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 11/15/2018
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:
Full
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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, but the hike is done at a moderate […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Thu, 11/15/2018
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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Friday, November 16, 2018

Better Birding Basics: Birds of Bommer Canyon

Interpretive

The easy walking trail passes through a sycamore grove and along riparian, coastal sage scrub, and grassland habitats that attract birds such as hawks, owls, kites, woodpeckers, quail, meadowlarks and many others. Join a group of bird lovers as we look for some of our favorite birds in these habitats. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable […]

Better Birding Basics: Birds of Bommer Canyon
Date:
Fri, 11/16/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
15 of 25
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The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian or Dripping Springs 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 […]

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian or Dripping Springs Ride or Dripping Springs
Date:
Fri, 11/16/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
11 of 12
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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, 11/16/2018
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
9 of 15
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Cardio Hike in Limestone Canyon

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 in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/17/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 25
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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 […]

Keep It Wild  - Big Bend
Date:
Sat, 11/17/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Limestone Canyon Photography Truck Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a backcountry wilderness driving tour filled with great sightseeing and photographic opportunities. Our journey begins at the Hicks Haul Staging Area, where you will board the back of an open-air, ten-seat, 4-wheel drive vehicle for a tour of Limestone Canyon.
 We will stop occasionally for 10-15 minutes or so to admire the […]

Limestone Canyon Photography Truck Tour
Date:
Sat, 11/17/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 11/17/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
6 of 15
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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, 11/17/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
124 of 200
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Do a good deed and get a dose of Nature! Come experience the cool mornings and the spicy aromas of a California autumn while working with us at our one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush. […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 11/17/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Earthcache Hike to Dripping Springs: Limestone Canyon

Interpretive

Come and hike with us to Dripping Springs, location of the Earthcache site listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled, “Dripping Springs Aquifer- Irvine Ranch Wildlands, GC1ZC04.” This hike is open to existing geocachers, those curious about geocaching and non-geocachers alike. There will be as much time as is needed spent at Dripping Springs so all cachers can record their data and […]

Earthcache Hike to Dripping Springs: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/17/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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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, 11/17/2018
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:
2 of 25
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