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.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and enjoy the open space 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 at a moderate pace. The effort is rewarded with a beautiful, unobstructed view to the west. Wear sturdy, closed-toed hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water. Please bring a red-tinted flashlight as the return portion of the hike may be after sunset.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Thu, 10/22/2020
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Friday, October 23, 2020

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Experience the serenity of Bommer Canyon during this moderate-paced hike in the Irvine Open Space. We’ll experience mature coastal sage scrub and fantastic views overlooking the city of Irvine and the hillsides to the north. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Fri, 10/23/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Orchard Hills Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come out and enjoy the open space 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 at a moderate pace. The effort is rewarded with a beautiful, unobstructed view to the west. Wear sturdy, closed-toed hiking shoes, and bring plenty of water.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Orchard Hills Loop Hike
Date:
Sat, 10/24/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 2.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please bring a red-tinted flashlight as the return portion of the hike may be after sunset.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sat, 10/24/2020
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:00 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  7:00 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

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

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:00 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
4 of 30
More Information  

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:30 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  7:30 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

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

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 7:30 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
7 of 30
More Information  

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:00 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  8:00 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

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

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:00 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
12 of 30
More Information  

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:30 AM Entry Only

Special Events
Irvine Mesa Wildlife Monitoring IRC

Please print your auto-generated confirmation email from letsgooutside.org  before you arrive.

This is for the  8:30 AM Entry Only

Enjoy an opportunity for self-guided exploration of the Mesa Loop, which offers a panoramic view of Black Star Canyon, Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, and Cleveland National Forest. This trail is approximately 2.5 miles with a 300-foot elevation gain. You will travel through an oak woodland grove, smell the sweet sage fragrances of the coastal sagebrush, and enjoy panoramic vistas of Irvine Lake, Silverado Canyon, and the beauty of the Santa Ana Mountains as you reach the top of the Mesa. Your exploration begins at OC Parks’ Canyons Staging Area located at Library of the Canyons on Santiago Canyon Road. The trail is in a wilderness setting and includes uneven, steep, rugged, rocky, natural surfaces. Participants should prepare themselves for this environment by reviewing all the information below.

We suggest forwarding the confirmation email to your registered guests.

Enjoying the Day

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • All participants are required to have a printed copy of their confirmation form for entry to this event. Please be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted and there will not be on-site registration.
  • Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times.  Reminder: The Mesa trail system has rare and sensitive habitat. Your responsible behavior helps ensure continued access. This area is characterized by certain inherent dangers including mountain lions, rattlesnakes, poisonous insects, poison oak, ticks, extremes in weather, loose rocks, and steep/rugged terrain. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including plenty of water, proper attire to protect you from the sun and closed-toe footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc. Please see Trail Tips on the Lets Go Outside website for more tips.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and participants who are not in your household.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings while in the staging area and when on trail if you are unable to maintain 6′ of distance from others.
  • There will be one-way directional signs on the trail system. Follow these signs for the safety of all trail users at the event.

Other Important Notes:

  • Dogs are prohibited. A dog’s presence and lingering scent disturbs wildlife and disrupts vital routines long after a dog has left the area.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.

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

Learn more about the Canyons Staging Area

Mesa Loop Exploration at the Library of the Canyons: 8:30 AM Entry Only
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 2.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please bring a red-tinted flashlight as the return portion of the hike may be after sunset.

Please note that you will be asked to adhere to the following protective measures during the activity in order to participate:

  • Each individual adult must bring with them a signed liability waiver. Minors may be added to the waiver of their respective parent or legal guardian. The form will not be available on site. The waiver can be accessed and downloaded for print at home use here:  IRC Liability Waiver 2020.05
  • Be registered in advance, no walk-up registration is permitted.
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, including water, proper attire and footwear, first aid, medications, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Bring and make use of recommended facial coverings at all times when in the staging area. Facial coverings are also recommended during the activity.
  • Maintain proper physical distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, between yourself and all other members of the group at all times.
  • A contact-less arrival and sign-in process will be utilized to diminish touching and sharing items.
  • Restrooms will be available, but facilities will not be sanitized for each individual.
  • Group stops will be minimized and generally only done for safety purposes.
  • You may be prevented from participating if you do not adhere to the above protocols.
Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sun, 10/25/2020
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  
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