Activities and Programs


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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.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Local History Equestrian Ride in Weir Canyon

Equestrian
Local History Equestrian Ride in Weir Canyon

Join us on the Landmarks for an equestrian trail ride through the northwestern historic section of the old Irvine Ranch; now part of the Irvine Ranch Open Space known as the Weir Canyon Preserve, featuring the old oxen trail from San Juan Capistrano. Discover Robber’s Roost and the thick grasslands under some of the oldest live oaks on the historic Ranch. Places where Juan Flores and his gang rumored to hideout and look for his enemies traveling the route by wagon or horseback. Red-tailed hawks, bobcats and mule deer call this canyon home and are sure to greet us along our adventure.

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

Local History Equestrian Ride in Weir Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/04/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED: Animal Friends of the Oak Woodlands

Interpretive
CANCELLED: Animal Friends of the Oak Woodlands

[Please note: this is a Children’s Program] Spend a few hours in the wildlands of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks with your young naturalists. We will learn about animals and their important roles in the Oak Woodlands habitat 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.

CANCELLED: Animal Friends of the Oak Woodlands
Date:
Sat, 12/04/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon

Come explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in your backyard! This scenic hike involves steep climbs and descents on both double and singletrack trails and around 1100’ of accumulated climbing elevation. Though challenging, the hike rewards you with sweeping views of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and Santa Ana Mountains. On clear days you can see Catalina Island and even beyond Orange County into the Los Angeles Basin.

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

Double Loop Hike: Baker Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/05/2021
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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King Tides at Upper Newport Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

King tides are the highest tides of the year and occur during full moons in the winter. They are also a preview of how rising sea levels may effect coastal communities. Join us at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a family friendly program to learn about how and why king tides occur.

After a brief program in the interpretive center we will head out on the trail to observe the king tides.

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

Rain will cancel the event.

Walk-ins welcome, but space is limited so registration is suggested.

King Tides at Upper Newport Bay
Date:
Sun, 12/05/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike

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.

Bommer Canyon East Fork and Ridge Route Loop Hike
Date:
Sun, 12/05/2021
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Monday, December 6, 2021

Early Morning Advanced Hike: Santiago Oaks to Weir

Hiking & Fitness
Early Morning Advanced Hike:  Santiago Oaks to Weir

Join us on this early morning advanced hike with Irvine Ranch Conservancy enjoying parks adjacent to the Landmarks and through beautiful Weir Canyon. You will go through two parks adjacent to the Landmarks, they are OC Parks managed Regional Parks (Irvine Regional, Santiago Oaks Regional)  We start in Irvine Regional Park, hike over to Santiago Oaks, and finish with a scenic hike down beautiful Weir Canyon Preserve in then Irvine Ranch Open Space.

Distance is 8 miles with several steep climbs and descents.

Early Morning Advanced Hike:  Santiago Oaks to Weir
Date:
Mon, 12/06/2021
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Scat-tastic Clay Ornaments

Interpretive
Scat-tastic Clay Ornaments

Come learn about the wonderful smelly things animal leave behind on the trails – poop! Scat, to be exact. Discover the difference between bobcat scat and coyote scat, hear which animals do pellets, twists or tubes, and see the variety of color scat can come in! Then, make your own clay scat ornament to hang at home or to gift to a loved one.

Program is free though there is a Park Entrance Fee per entry vehicle.

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

Scat-tastic Clay Ornaments
Date:
Mon, 12/06/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Join us every Monday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County.

This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down. The hike is conducted at about 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level. Most participants finish the route in about 1 hour. Because of the paved surface of the road, you may wear regular running or walking shoes. Trail shoes are fine, but not required. Please bring adequate water!

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Mon, 12/06/2021
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Santiago Oaks Trail Work Day

Trail Work
Trail Work

Lend a helping hand at maintaining the trails at Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

Partner with an OC Parks Volunteer as they guide you through the proper tool use to repair highly used and heavily washed out trails. Tools and safety talk are provided by Volunteers and/or Staff. Bring gloves and water if you have them. Sun protection is important and be ready to work up a sweat as we mend our trails for all to enjoy!

For questions, please contact Resource Specialist Kelley at Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Santiago Oaks Trail Work Day
Date:
Tue, 12/07/2021
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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