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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Be a Friend to the Cactus Wren

Stewardship
Be a Friend to the Cactus Wren

The cactus wren need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like seeding and watering native plants can greatly improve habitat for this threatened bird and other wildlife. You can be part of this positive impact while enjoying the scenery along Mule Deer Trail in the Irvine Open Space Preserve. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided. Note that this activity is held on the 3rd Friday of each month.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Be a Friend to the Cactus Wren
Date:
Fri, 11/18/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Keep it Wild – Laguna Coast Wilderness

Stewardship
Stewardship

Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call: 949-497-8324. Parking: free for Keep-It-Wild volunteers!

Keep it Wild - Laguna Coast Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 11/19/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Do a good deed, get a dose of Nature, and learn about the plants around you, all at once! 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. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required.

You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush. Check here for details on the difficultly rating of this Level 1 Stewardship activity. 

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 11/19/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Help improve native habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park by remove non-native invasive plants, which steal light, water and nutrients from native species. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, light snacks, and gloves, and wear a hat and closed-toe shoes.

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 11/20/2016
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day

Stewardship
Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation in partnership with OC Parks. Join us 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 plan containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Online reservations required are: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call 949-497-8324.

Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day
Date:
Sun, 11/20/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
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Santiago Oaks Stewardship

Stewardship
Santiago Oaks Stewardship

Leave your park better than you found it! Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff during monthly habitat stewardship activities at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, aimed at keeping the park’s habitat healthy. Identified in collaboration with the Park Rangers that patrol the trails everyday, stewardship projects can include planting to combat the effects of hiking, biking and riding off-trail, removing invasive plant species that threaten to crowd out the diversity of native plants, and more!

No previous experience is needed, however please note that we may be hiking up steep trails.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Santiago Oaks Stewardship
Date:
Sun, 11/20/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

CANCELLED: Tecate Cypress Stewardship

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CANCELLED: Tecate Cypress Stewardship

The Tecate Cypress is a rare species found only in southern California and northern Baja California. Unfortunately, the northern most population in the Santa Ana Mountains is in severe decline due to too-frequent wildfires. In effort to protect this rare species, locally genetic trees have been planted in Fremont Canyon, in close proximity to the staging area. Join us as we deeply water and weed around the young trees. Your work will ensure the newly-planted Tecate has all they need to thrive, and will directly help the effort to ensure the persistence of this unique forest community here in Orange County!

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

CANCELLED: Tecate Cypress Stewardship
Date:
Mon, 11/21/2016
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CANCELLED: 4th Tuesday Habitat Restoration at Quail Hill

Stewardship
CANCELLED: 4th Tuesday Habitat Restoration at Quail Hill

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like seeding native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact! All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Note that this activity is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Please review the Difficulty Ratings before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

CANCELLED: 4th Tuesday Habitat Restoration at Quail Hill
Date:
Tue, 11/22/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ranger Reserve Camera Service, Irvine Ranch Open Space, OC Parks

Stewardship
Stewardship

Come out to assist OC Park Rangers service a system of access monitoring cameras on the Irvine Ranch Open Space. Explore the beautiful Irvine Ranch Open Space while providing critical assistance to the camera program. Must be a current OC Parks Ranger Reserve to participate. Prior experience on the Open Space camera route, or working with someone who has, is required.

Ranger Reserve Camera Service, Irvine Ranch Open Space, OC Parks
Date:
Wed, 11/23/2016
Time:
6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Do a good deed, get a dose of Nature, and learn about the plants around you, all at once! 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. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required.

You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush. Check here for details on the difficultly rating of this Level 1 Stewardship activity.

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 11/23/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Irvine Regional Park Stewardship Day

Stewardship
Stewardship

Come join us to enhance Irvine Regional Park by removing Russian Thistle, and help restore native habitat for local wildlife. Russian Thistle is invasive and competes with native plants for soil, nutrients and water further degrading the ecological health of important plant communities.

Irvine Regional Park Stewardship Day
Date:
Wed, 11/23/2016
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
18
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekend Patrol at Irvine Regional Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Requesting assistance from Ranger Reserves for weekend patrol. Ranger Reserves will assist with patrolling the park, advising for codified ordinance violations, traffic/parking control, and making public contacts.
Half-day and Full-day shifts are available.
Please contact Maura Hay (maura.hay@ocparks.com) and confirm which shift you would like to volunteer for.

Weekend Patrol at Irvine Regional Park
Date:
Sat, 11/26/2016
Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
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It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Do a good deed, get a dose of Nature, and learn about the plants around you, all at once! 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. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required.

You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush. Check here for details on the difficultly rating of this Level 1 Stewardship activity. 

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 11/26/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Monthly Beach Cleanup

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join the Office of Natural Resources, Recreation and Senior Services at the City of Newport Beach as we clean up our beaches and waterways of trash! Monthly Beach Cleanups are held the last Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon. Our location varies each month from beaches to inland areas, but all are within Newport Beach. Anyone is welcome to participate! Bags and gloves are supplied but participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable buckets and gloves to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that will be used.

For further information or questions, please contact marineeducation@newportbeachca.gov.

Monthly Beach Cleanup
Date:
Sat, 11/26/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Newport Back Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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