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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in the remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under 6 miles and includes a steep hill. We will hike from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station. After enjoying a spectacular view, we will hike back the same way to our starting point. Please bring water, a trail snack, sun screen, hat, and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes.
Participants must be able to hike 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1200 feet at an average moving rate of 3 miles per hour. Each hiker must carry his/her own water and supplies.
Come enjoy a scenic fast-paced twilight hike in the remote Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve. Our hike climbs steeply from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past an abandoned coal mine, up to the Fremont Weather Station where winds have been clocked at up to 100 mph. After enjoying the view, we’ll turnaround and hike back the same way to our starting point.
This challenging hike involves steep hills and a 1200’ elevation change but the rewards are sweeping views at the magic hour of twilight, just before and after sunset. Please arrive 15 minutes early and come prepared with a sturdy day pack, water, snacks, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Upper Newport Bay’s long running and popular story time is back! Wild tales will be offered every Friday and include an outdoor story time in our newly renovated amphitheater, an age appropriate hike, and a craft project in our classroom. Each session will have a new story, hike theme, and craft project.
Activities are designed for ages 2-4 but all are welcome.
Current CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be observed.
All Minors under 16 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian at all times.
Rain or heat advisory will cancel the event.
Half the park is after dark! Join Park staff as they lead a family friendly hike through the park on a variety of paths and trails. The event will feature a presentation on local animals before the evening walk. Check out the fun exhibits in the nature center and go on a scavenger hunt indoors! It’s chilly after sunset so wear warm layers, sturdy footwear, and bring a water and red tinted flashlight if possible.
This hike is not recommended for very small children or strollers. No pets please. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the program.
For questions, please contact Resource Specialist, Kelley Brugmann at 714-973-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Join us for an advanced fast-paced, early morning mountain bike ride in Weir Canyon. This is an advanced 9.5 mile mountain bike ride, completed in less than 3 hours and includes 1800 ft of elevation gain. This ride is for experienced, physically fit bikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. There are no rest stops and the average 4 miles per hour fast-pace can be extremely difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting.
Please bring a minimum of 100 oz. water and trail snacks. Come prepared with a pack, spare tubes and tools (in case of flats) and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for this extreme fast-paced MTB ride in a wilderness area. Each participant must carry his or her own pack and water. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to this program.
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-5 activity on the land.
Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon (Fox Run is closed for maintenance) and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required for this event, though it is shown on the website. If you need driving directions, please use the online registration to receive a map and instructions for getting to Bommer. The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp will be available for parking, but please take note that your vehicle must be removed from the Cattle Camp area by 2 pm.
Special Notice: Parking at the Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp is extremely limited due to ongoing construction, and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Additional parking may be available at the Bommer Canyon Trailhead and Turtle Rock Community Park. Alternate parking options also include the Quail Hill Trailhead, Quail Hill Community Center and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
OC Parks invites you to lend a helping hand and join volunteers around the world for Coastal Cleanup Day. Make an impact on our coastlines as we work together to remove trash and recyclables from the marsh, waterway and beaches.
Get ready to get dirty! Please wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes or rain boots as most locations are muddy. Help reduce waste by bringing gloves and a bucket if you have them. You can also bring a reusable water bottle.
Everyone will not start at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for this event. *NEW THIS YEAR* volunteers will meet directly at 20-25 different mini-cleanup day sites around the 11-mile bay including the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Aquatic Center, Big Canyon, Vista Point, Jamboree Bridge, etc. Commit and register to attend early to help us coordinate everyone.
To register visit: https://coastalcleanupdayunb.eventbrite.com
Spend a few hours in the wildlands of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks with your young naturalists. We will learn about the importance of the Coastal Oak Woodlands through fun games, nature activities and a very leisurely paced walk on a trail with little to no elevation gain. Please wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Binoculars and a magnifying glass are optional. This activity is tailored towards elementary school-aged children. In order to maximize the availability for young participants we kindly request that only one adult caretaker per family signs up.
As the day starts to settle into the night, bats awaken, stir and streak into the evening sky. Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammal. We will head out towards a popular roosting location as we watch our nighttime heroes begin their nightly adventures. This program is ideal to visually observe the bats in flight, though bat detectors are available to listen for their high-frequency calls.
Be prepared to walk about 1/2 a mile. Dress warmly as it may be a chilly evening. A camping chair is welcome as we will enjoy an extended period of time listening for bats that fly about in the night.