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.

Tuesday, June 25, 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, 06/25/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Five Ways to Explore Nature Like the Tongva

Interpretive

Explore nature like the Native Tongva people! Use all five senses to study native habitats in our area and discuss how the Tongva used their senses to survive. This program is designed with kids 5 – 10 years old in mind, but everyone is welcome. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness […]

Five Ways to Explore Nature Like the Tongva
Date:
Tue, 06/25/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs

Stewardship
dripping springs trail

Connect with nature and give back to the land as we assist native plants and wildlife flourish in an extremely sensitive area of Limestone Canyon Preserve. You will give existing native plants room to thrive as we weed out invasive plants. Your work along this trail will not only benefit the plants and animals, but […]

Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs
Date:
Tue, 06/25/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship

Please join us at the Augustine native plant nursery to water newly planted shrubs, and transplant seedlings into 1 gallon pots. We will be working in close proximity to the parking area at the Augustine staging area in Limestone Canyon.  Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this […]

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Tue, 06/25/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Advanced Cardio Hike: Dripping Springs & Shoestring

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, afternoon cardio hike starting in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. This is a 8.5 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5 hours and includes a 1600+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Dripping Springs & Shoestring
Date:
Tue, 06/25/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

From the beautiful oak tree lined trail to the expansive hilltop views, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced evening fitness hike in scenic Bommer Canyon. This hike is a little over 3 miles with 700 feet of elevation gain in the first half. Participants must be able to hike 3+ miles per hour with little need […]

Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Tue, 06/25/2019
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness

Take a break and get some fresh air! Join us on a mid-week hike through scenic Quail Hill. This program is for those who just want to get out and hike away the stresses of the week. Enjoy the views and a little quiet time in Irvine’s beautiful Southern Preserve. Several single-track trails, steep climbs […]

Mid Week Hike: Quail Hill
Date:
Wed, 06/26/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
4 of 20
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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:
Wed, 06/26/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
9 of 25
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Dripping Springs Pin Flag Removal and Hike

Stewardship

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we remove pin flags that mark plantings along the Dripping Springs Trail. Spend the morning working through grassland, coastal sage scrub and woodland habitats and then hike to Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face. Reviewing the […]

Dripping Springs Pin Flag Removal and Hike
Date:
Wed, 06/26/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Wednesday 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:
Wed, 06/26/2019
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:
3 of 30
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Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the Orchard Hills loop trail. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline. The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs and uneven terrain, but the hike is done […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Wed, 06/26/2019
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Thursday Morning Trek: 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 […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills
Date:
Thu, 06/27/2019
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
3 of 20
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Nurture the Bommer Canyon Nature Garden

Stewardship

Help us nurture the Native Nature Garden in Cattle Camp. Your support is essential to keeping the garden looking healthy, by removing weeds and trimming back vegetation growing onto the trail. If you love gardening, this is an excellent way to give back. This garden features native plants that call our community home and it […]

Nurture the Bommer Canyon Nature Garden
Date:
Thu, 06/27/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
3 of 10
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Nature Immersion Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Have you ever taken a walk using just your skin to explore nature? Engaging all 5 senses while out in nature can help us to more deeply connect to the environment, ourselves and each other. Join us for a relaxing, meditative hike where we focus on each of our senses to become immersed in a […]

Nature Immersion Hike
Date:
Thu, 06/27/2019
Time:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
15
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, 06/27/2019
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:
1 of 30
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