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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Friday, January 17, 2020

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, 01/17/2020
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
7 of 15
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Hicks Haul Road Fitness Run: 5K Distance

Hiking & Fitness
fitness hike

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 Fitness Run: 5K Distance
Date:
Fri, 01/17/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Advanced Cardio Hike: Weir(d) Eight

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced cardio hike in Weir Canyon that leads us on a figure eight-shaped route. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Weir Canyon, Gypsum Canyon, Fremont Canyon, and Blind Canyon. Wildlife sightings are possible. This is an advanced 9.5 mile cardio hike, completed in […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Weir(d) Eight
Date:
Sat, 01/18/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 25
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Black Star Beginner Hike

Interpretive

Welcome to the wonderful outdoors! Get out there and give hiking a shot by joining OC Parks Resource Specialist Gray and other budding hikers on an easy beginner walk at Black Star Canyon. We will take it slow as we hike this flat but beautiful fire road in the Santa Ana Mountains while discussing the […]

Black Star Beginner Hike
Date:
Sat, 01/18/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 of 25
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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, 01/18/2020
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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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, 01/18/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
78 of 200
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Sunset Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road: Both Sides of Loma Ridge

Hiking & Fitness

You will enjoy a gorgeous sunset with panoramic views of Orange County while hiking on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike travels 6 miles, out and back on both sides of Loma Ridge. If you are comfortable with our mid-week after work fitness hike this is the perfect activity for you to get your […]

Sunset Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road: Both Sides of Loma Ridge
Date:
Sat, 01/18/2020
Time:
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

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. • No experience is necessary. • Water will be provided. • Tools will be available. • Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present […]

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event
Date:
Sun, 01/19/2020
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
5 of 25
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Hangman’s Tree Monument Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure as we hike to the Hangman’s Tree Monument on Loma Ridge. Hike distance is 6 miles and affords fantastic views along the way, spanning the Pacific coastline, San Gabriel peaks and the Santa Ana Mountains. Several very steep climbs and descents are part of this route. We’ll […]

Hangman's Tree Monument Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Sun, 01/19/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon

Interpretive

Join an OC Parks staff-led interpretive nature hike along the “Waterworks Trail” in the Irvine Ranch Open Space.  We’ll depart from Irvine Regional Park “Lot P” and head towards beautiful Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, part of the Landmarks on the back side of the Irvine Lake dam before crossing Santiago Creek and heading back on the […]

Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sun, 01/19/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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