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, April 25, 2019

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, 04/25/2019
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 – Dilley

Hiking & Fitness

Please be aware, this is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 19 minute mile. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (650-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. For ages 15 and up with signed waiver from parent. Waiver can be downloaded […]

Fitness Hike - Dilley
Date:
Thu, 04/25/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
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Intro to Cardio Hike: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness

Thinking the cardio hikes might be too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands in recovery from the 2017 Canyon fire. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included throughout this 6 mile […]

Intro to Cardio Hike: Extended Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Thu, 04/25/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Family Friendly:
Yes
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, 04/25/2019
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, April 26, 2019

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, 04/26/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
4 of 25
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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, 04/26/2019
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
5 of 15
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Astronomy Night with OC Astronomers

Interpretive
Interpretive

Join local astronomers and OC Parks staff to view the night sky, learn to identify stars and constellations, and get a chance to view the heavens through a variety of telescopes. The Muth Interpretive center will also be open with space themed activities and crafts. Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present […]

Astronomy Night with OC Astronomers
Date:
Fri, 04/26/2019
Time:
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
5 of 200
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Saturday, April 27, 2019

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, 04/27/2019
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:
3 of 20
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Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon, Loma Ridge to The Sinks

Mountain Biking

Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon on this docent-led mountain bike ride beneath a canopy of coastal live oaks up to beautiful vistas and the viewing deck of The Sinks. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and physically fit.   The rider should have experience […]

Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon, Loma Ridge to The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 04/27/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
2 of 15
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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, 04/27/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
5 of 30
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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, 04/27/2019
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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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 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 3 miles […]

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 04/27/2019
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 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, April 28, 2019

Bird Walk – Nix/Little Sycamore

Interpretive

Spot local native and seasonal resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (up to 50-ft. elevation gain) to Barbara’s Lake and back through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by adult). Wear […]

Bird Walk - Nix/Little Sycamore
Date:
Sun, 04/28/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
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Irvine Ranch Conservancy 2019 BioBlitz

Special Events
Special Events

Are you curious about the biodiversity found in Orange County? Do you love being outside and want to contribute to the field of science? Then join the Irvine Ranch Conservancy 2019 BioBlitz! What is a BioBlitz? A BioBlitz is a citizen science event that focuses on observing and identifying as many species as possible in […]

Irvine Ranch Conservancy 2019 BioBlitz
Date:
Sun, 04/28/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
17 of 75
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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, […]

Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour
Date:
Sun, 04/28/2019
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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