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, October 16, 2021

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions 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 that you do not mind getting a little dusty.

This program is focused on older children and adults.

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/16/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events
Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

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 (Fox Run is closed for maintenance) and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required for this event, though it is shown on the website. If you need driving directions, please use the online registration to receive a map and instructions for getting to Bommer. The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp will be available for parking, but please take note that your vehicle must be removed from the Cattle Camp area by 2 pm.

Special Notice: Parking at the Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp is extremely limited due to ongoing construction, and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Additional parking may be available at the Bommer Canyon Trailhead and Turtle Rock Community Park. Alternate parking options also include the Quail Hill Trailhead, Quail Hill Community Center and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/16/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Rocks are Rad: Geology Hike at Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
Rocks are Rad: Geology Hike at Black Star Canyon

Join us for a morning walk to one of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ iconic geologic features. We will walk out to the red-faced cliffs of Black Star Canyon.  The early morning light from the sun will make for striking pictures of this geological treat.  We will cross the dry Silverado Creek and examine its effects on the local geology.  Then, we will stop at the red rock cliffs and discuss its formation and its future.  Finally, we will stop at an alluvial fan and talk about how it came to be.  This hike is geared towards families with curious minds.

The trail is an easy, flat ranch road, but the creek crossing is very rocky. Please bring water and all items needed to keep you safe during our walk. Hats and sunscreen are highly recommended as there is no shade along this route. Closed-toe shoes are a must.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Rocks are Rad: Geology Hike at Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/16/2021
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Intermediate Hike: Black Star County Road and Silmod

Interpretive
Intermediate Hike: Black Star County Road and Silmod

Welcome back to the wonderful outdoors!

Get out there with OC Parks Resource Specialist Gray and other budding hikers on an intermediate hike at Black Star Canyon Road. This hike begins on Black Star Canyon County Trail before heading up into the surrounding hills including Silmod trail into Baker Canyon, where we’ll take in incredible views of Irvine Lake and the surrounding canyons. Total hike is approximately 3 miles. At hike completion, Gray will share his local knowledge of nearby intermediate-level trails to consider exploring on your next adventure. Please come prepared with sunscreen, plenty of water and closed-toe shoes.

Intermediate Hike: Black Star County Road and Silmod
Date:
Sun, 10/17/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: Booth Support at OC Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Awareness Day

Interpretive
CANCELLED: Booth Support at OC Zoo's Urban Wildlife Awareness Day

Volunteers are needed to work some fun interpretive booths at OC Parks’ Urban Wildlife Awareness Day at the OC Zoo. This event is not a publicized activity but rather a fun pop-up opportunity to share local wildlife with zoo visitors. Several booths in need of volunteer support will share urban wildlife information, native plant use in home gardens, and fun scat, track and bat activities.

This event takes place on:
Saturday, October 16th 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, October 17th, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Volunteers are asked to arrive 45 minutes prior to the event to help set up their station.

If you’d like to assist with a fun scat and tracks table, bat craft table, or native plant table, please reach out to Resource Specialist, Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

CANCELLED: Booth Support at OC Zoo's Urban Wildlife Awareness Day
Date:
Sun, 10/17/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
OC Zoo
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
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Upper Newport Bay History Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

The earliest evidence of human activity at Upper Newport Bay goes back nearly 9,000 years and people have lived here more or less continuously for at least the last 2,000 years. During this easy walking program, we will cover how the Bay and surrounding lands have been used in all the major periods of California’s history from the Native Americans who were the first to live hear through Spanish Colonization and the Mission period all the way to the formation of the county park in 1989.

Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times.

Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited, so registration is suggested.

For more information call (949) 923-2277 or email nathan.taxel@ocparks.com

Upper Newport Bay History Walk
Date:
Sun, 10/17/2021
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 25
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Buck Gully Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Buck Gully Loop Hike

Come and explore the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. Beginning from the Oasis Senior Center, we’ll hike up through the almost 3-mile length of the canyon, then along San Joaquin Hills Road for a bit, stopping at Canyon Watch Park where we will take in the panoramic view of the reserve and the Pacific coastline before descending back into the canyon along the Bobcat Trail. Please bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour.

PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system.

Buck Gully Loop Hike
Date:
Tue, 10/19/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 of 20
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Early Morning Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road: 6-miles

Hiking & Fitness
Early Morning Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road: 6-miles

Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike is a 6-mile route as a group – which is conducted at the speed of about 3.0 to 3.5 miles per hour.

The group may spread out for social distance reasons but generally will remain together for the entire hike.

The footing on the asphalt paved road is smoother than dirt roads and single-track trails normally found in Limestone Preserve but is beginning to show its age with cracks, crevices, and an occasional dip. Otherwise, the terrain is smooth, so this is a great hike for anyone who wants a “wilderness experience” without getting dirty! We will have two fairly steep hill ascents and descents. Along the way, you will have sweeping views of much of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. Various animals, like hawks, deer, and lizards are also frequently seen in this area.

Early Morning Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road: 6-miles
Date:
Tue, 10/19/2021
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
9 of 20
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