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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge

Stewardship
Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge

Sahara mustard is a nasty non-native plant that has invaded thousands of acres across Southern California and has encroached at spots on the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmarks. Now is the time to act to keep this highly invasive plant at bay! Loma Ridge was the initial encroachment and this population has been contained and steadily reduced over the last six years through hard work performed largely by volunteers. Your help is needed to search for and remove any new mustard plants that have come up from seed. This event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. All training and tools will be provided. We hope you can join us!

We will be riding from the staging area to the work site in a safari type vehicle.

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

Sahara Mustard Pull at Loma Ridge
Date:
Wed, 03/09/2022
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Keep It Wild – Native Plant Nursery

Stewardship
Keep It Wild - Native Plant Nursery

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. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and sun protection. Bring water.

Online reservations are required prior to the event. Register at: https://lagunacanyon.org/event/keep-it-wild-native-plant-nursery/.

(When registering online, please review the safety precautions and protocols posted there. Directions are included.) For Questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon.-Fri. or 949-923-2235 Sat./Sun. Parking: Free.

Keep It Wild - Native Plant Nursery
Date:
Sun, 03/13/2022
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Second Sunday Restoration

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup, and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary; please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Water and tools are provided.

Walk ups are welcome, but pre-registration is required and space is limited

Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.

Rain or heat advisories cancel the event

Second Sunday Restoration
Date:
Sun, 03/13/2022
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Monday, March 14, 2022

Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Stewardship
Pulling Together at Quail Hill

North African Knapweed, Centaurea Diluta, is a recently introduced invasive plant and we need your help to get rid of it! Invading weeds degrade habitat for wildlife, exacerbate wildfire risks, and reduce overall biodiversity. Help us keep wildlife healthy by weeding North African Knapweed from Quail Hill in Irvine.

This activity takes place on some uneven terrain, and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. Training and tools will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort; it is recommended to bring your own gloves. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

We will meet at the Quail Hill Trailhead parking lot, then walk 15 minutes on a bikeway adjacent to the 405 Freeway to the work site.

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

Pulling Together at Quail Hill
Date:
Mon, 03/14/2022
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Stewardship
Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we work 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. Your work on the trail will benefit the rare plants and animals that this unique feature supports!

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

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Tue, 03/15/2022
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Youth Action Team Stewardship at Bommer Canyon

Stewardship
Youth Action Team Stewardship at Bommer Canyon

The Youth Action Team, an after school community-service based program throughout the City of Irvine regularly volunteers their time to steward the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This week, middle school students will spend their morning helping to enhance Bommer Canyon! Stewardship activities can include planting native species to enhance the habitat, planting cactus to close social trails, watering newly planted natives, and more. Please help lead this group and provide a wonderful experience they will never forget!

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

Youth Action Team Stewardship at Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 03/16/2022
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
13
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