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, November 16, 2019

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone

Mountain Biking

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore Limestone Canyon on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails on this fast-paced, advanced ride.  This ride will reward with beautiful views, diverse native plants and animals. PLEASE NOTE: there are multiple very steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 2,200 feet over 14 miles.  This hard […]

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 11/16/2019
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED Keep It Wild – Big Bend

Stewardship

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in beautiful Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and help maintain the nursery. […]

CANCELLED Keep It Wild  - Big Bend
Date:
Sat, 11/16/2019
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, 11/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Trail Stewardship

Stewardship

If you use the wilderness parks for hiking, biking, photography or just relaxing, Trail Stewardship might be right up your alley! Get up close and personal with the trail you use; you’ll see the trails in a whole new way. No experience necessary. This is FUN, dirty, hard work. Whatever your skill level is, there […]

Trail Stewardship
Date:
Sat, 11/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
16
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Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Special Note: Cattle Camp is currently under renovation and space for parking in the corral is reduced. Carpooling is highly recommended and appreciated during this time. 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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/16/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 11/16/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
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, 11/16/2019
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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Family Hike: Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
black star red rocks

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Black Star Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3-4 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. […]

Family Hike: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/16/2019
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 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, November 17, 2019

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: 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 5.5  mile hike is conducted at about 3.0 miles per hour with approximately 600′ of an uphill gradual climb on paved and […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs
Date:
Sun, 11/17/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Distance Hike: Bommer to the Sea

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging and beautiful hiking adventure to the sea and back. Hiking distance is up to 14 miles and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are numerous on this route, with approximately 2400 feet of accumulated climbing […]

Distance Hike:  Bommer to the Sea
Date:
Sun, 11/17/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join OC Parks staff and other volunteers in enhancing habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park! Activities may include watering, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, mulching, or weeding.

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event
Date:
Sun, 11/17/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Modjeska Preserve Hike

Interpretive

Join us for a new casually paced hike around the rarely visited Modjeska Preserve Loop Trail! On the way we’ll talk about some of the local history of this area and the flora and fauna that call the canyon their home. It’s going to be warm, so please bring plenty of water. This tucked away […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Modjeska Preserve Hike
Date:
Sun, 11/17/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Modjeska Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Sunrise Yoga Hike in Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy a short hike and a gentle yoga practice in nature. A short but steep fast-paced climb takes us to an overlook view where we engage in an invigorating early morning yoga flow as the day awakens. A short descending hike takes us back. Please bring water, your own yoga mat and large beach towel […]

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Sunrise Yoga Hike in Orchard Hills
Date:
Sun, 11/17/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
16
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:
Sun, 11/17/2019
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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