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.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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 […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone to Dripping Springs
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
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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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Coal Mine and Canyons Cardio Hike

Hiking & Fitness

This is a challenging and fantastic cardio and hill workout that will reward you with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains, ocean and canyons. This fast paced 12 mile wilderness hike will climb 2200 ft of accumulated elevation as we travel through the canyons of Fremont, Blind and Weir. We’ll hike through coastal sage, […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Coal Mine and Canyons Cardio Hike
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: 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, […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Photo Tour
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
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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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Earthcache Hike to Dripping Springs: Limestone Canyon

Interpretive

Come and hike with us to Dripping Springs, location of the Earthcache site listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled, “Dripping Springs Aquifer- Irvine Ranch Wildlands, GC1ZC04.” This hike is open to existing geocachers, those curious about geocaching and non-geocachers alike. There will be as much time as needed at Dripping Springs so all cachers can record their data and make their […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Earthcache Hike to Dripping Springs: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Great Backyard Bird Count at Upper Newport Bay (Day 2)

Interpretive
Interpretive

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national citizen science initiative that allows anyone of any age to make a meaningful contribution to bird conservation and protection. Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how […]

Great Backyard Bird Count at Upper Newport Bay (Day 2)
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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, 02/17/2019
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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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

Interpretive

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/17/2019
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Monday, February 18, 2019

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Holiday Slow-Paced Epic Mountain Bike Ride – Fremont and Weir Canyons to Sierra Peak

Mountain Biking

Do you enjoy the relaxation of riding in the wilderness on empty trails?  Join us on this rare opportunity to mountain bike at a moderate pace through Fremont and Weir Canyons to Sierra Peak. This ride is for experienced off-road riders, in excellent cardio shape, who may need to climb at a slower pace or […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Holiday Slow-Paced Epic Mountain Bike Ride - Fremont and Weir Canyons to Sierra Peak
Date:
Mon, 02/18/2019
Time:
7:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
25 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
7 of 20
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Hike to East Sinks Viewing Deck: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Come along with us on this fast-paced morning hike through beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to the East Sinks Viewing Deck. You’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of The Sinks as well as sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. This hike involves steep climbs and descents on both double and […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Hike to East Sinks Viewing Deck:  Limestone Canyon
Date:
Mon, 02/18/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Tai Chi in the Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform […]

Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 02/18/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Monday 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:
Mon, 02/18/2019
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:
8 of 30
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a 3, 6, or 8 mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3.0 to 3.5 miles per […]

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
10 of 30
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Quail Hill Loop Trail Enhancement

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we enhance the Quail Hill Loop trail by planting and weeding around native shrubs and cactus in degraded portions of the trail. Your work will help restore habitat that will benefit wildlife, and make the trail enjoyable to explore. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness […]

Quail Hill Loop Trail Enhancement
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
3 of 7
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks

Hiking & Fitness
red rocks black star canyon

Join us on a twilight hike where we will see the ancient geologic formation Red Rocks change colors as the sun sets.  The hike will be up to 3.5 miles round trip with a mild elevation gain and done at an easy pace. Participants must be able to walk on uneven surfaces in a wilderness environment. Please come […]

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 25
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Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
moon

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers (as the […]

Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 02/19/2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 of 30
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is […]

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Wed, 02/20/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
15 of 20
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Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then join us at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! You will help us plant new little plants into our growing fields and use various weeding tools to remove weeds so our new plants can grow up strong. Having more plants at […]

Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 02/20/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
17 of 20
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