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, October 1, 2021

Wild Tales

Interpretive
Interpretive

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.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 10/01/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Advanced Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Advanced Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced cardio hike in Weir Canyon that leads us on a figure eight-shaped route. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Weir Canyon, Gypsum Canyon, Fremont Canyon, and Blind Canyon. This is an advanced 9.5 mile cardio hike, completed in less than 3 hours and includes 1800 ft of elevation gain. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers 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, sturdy closed-toed hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for this extreme fast-paced hike 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.

Advanced Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/02/2021
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Junior Ranger Day at the Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come earn your Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete a short service project, and take the junior ranger oath. Activities will be designed for learners in the 9-12 age range, but everyone is welcome.

Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event.

Current CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be observed

Registration required. For more information call (949) 923-2277 or email nathan.taxel@ocparks.com

Junior Ranger Day at the Bay
Date:
Sat, 10/02/2021
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
9
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Night Bug Safari

Interpretive
Interpretive

The world comes alive at night with the most diverse group of organisms, insects! Explore biodiversity at the local level as we slow down to scope out arthropods using blacklights. Most insects are hypersensitive to UV light, which is highly visible to them. Using this specialized source of light, we will examine them up close, noting different types that stop by. Bring your camera to snap some amazing close ups of these bugs and a camping chair to rest in as we sit by the wilderness edge to see creatures that are normally around but not typically seen.

For questions, please contact Resource Specialist, Kelley Brugmann at 714-973-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Night Bug Safari
Date:
Sat, 10/02/2021
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Nature’s Grocery Store

Interpretive
Nature's Grocery Store

Come enjoy and learn about the bounty of the local flora and fauna. We will talk about how the animals and early settlers of the area survived and thrived with what nature has to offer. We will discuss how over-grazing, weather, and seasonal patterns affected the daily availability of food in times when there were no grocery or convenience stores.  Buckwheat graham crackers, prickly pear jam, and lemonade berry drink are a few of the tempting treats that we will taste-test. After a few snacks, we will take a short stroll along Baker Canyon and take in all the bounty of nature.

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

Nature's Grocery Store
Date:
Sun, 10/03/2021
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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restoration with NLYM

Stewardship
Stewardship

habitat restoration with vollunteers from the national league of young men

restoration with NLYM
Date:
Sun, 10/03/2021
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Early Morning Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road: 6-miles

Hiking & Fitness
Early Morning Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road: 6-miles

Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike is a 6-mile route as a group – which is conducted at the speed of about 3.0 to 3.5 miles per hour.

The group may spread out for social distance reasons but generally will remain together for the entire hike.

The footing on the asphalt paved road is smoother than dirt roads and single-track trails normally found in Limestone Preserve but is beginning to show its age with cracks, crevices, and an occasional dip. Otherwise, the terrain is smooth, so this is a great hike for anyone who wants a “wilderness experience” without getting dirty! We will have two fairly steep hill ascents and descents. Along the way, you will have sweeping views of much of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. Various animals, like hawks, deer, and lizards are also frequently seen in this area.

Early Morning Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road: 6-miles
Date:
Tue, 10/05/2021
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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