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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
orchard hills

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Orchard Hills and Loma Ridge. We’ll hike around an avocado grove on the edge of the open space preserve and up to Loma Ridge, providing spectacular views of all of Orange County. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, including 2600+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, […]

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Wed, 05/22/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Could use a boost of  living colors? Looking for a way to give 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 beautiful native spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Absolutely no experience or […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 05/22/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 05/22/2019
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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Thursday, May 23, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Thursday Morning Trek: Limestone Canyon and Dripping Springs
Date:
Thu, 05/23/2019
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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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, 05/23/2019
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:
Full
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Distance Hike: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a scenic, fast-paced distance hike in the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 10-12 mile hike is for physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents on both double and single track trails. The hike offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains as […]

Distance Hike: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 05/24/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 05/24/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
6 of 15
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hicks Haul Road 5k Run

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a road run in the Irvine Ranch Open Space. We’ll run on the paved Hicks Haul Road, up to a 5k distance. We’ll begin with some warm up exercises before we set off on our run. The route is up to the top of Loma Ridge and back, providing both uphill and […]

Hicks Haul Road 5k Run
Date:
Sat, 05/25/2019
Time:
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
12 of 25
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Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a fast-paced, early morning, extreme cardio hike in Fremont Canyon and Weir Canyon. This approximately 10-mile cardio hike, completed in 3 hours, includes a 1,800-foot elevation change, and is for experienced, physically fit cardio hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. You must be an experienced cardio hiker […]

Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont
Date:
Sat, 05/25/2019
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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 […]

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs
Date:
Sat, 05/25/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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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 […]

Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sat, 05/25/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Art at Arden: Botanical Illustrations

Interpretive

Gather your sketchbook and paints for a morning of Art at Arden. Each month join our professional artist who will guide you through the practices of plein air painting or botanical illustrations. The art sessions will focus on a different artistic medium and expression but each program will fully enjoy the beauty found on the […]

Art at Arden: Botanical Illustrations
Date:
Sat, 05/25/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Could use a boost of  living colors? Looking for a way to give 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 beautiful native spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Absolutely no experience or […]

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 05/25/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
5 of 35
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