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.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Santiago Oaks BIG Trail Work Day

Trail Work
Trail Work

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

Partner with an OC Park Ranger 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 BIG Trail Work Day
Date:
Sat, 12/11/2021
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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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:
Sat, 12/11/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes, and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty.

This program is focused on older children and adults.

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/11/2021
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully, for the first mile and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour.

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 12/11/2021
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunset Stroll: Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Sunset Stroll: Fremont Canyon

Come for a relaxing sunset stroll in the wildlands of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Experience the sights and sounds as dusk settles in while learning about the native plants and animals. We will be walking at a leisurely pace of 1.5 mph for an hour and a half on trails with little to no elevation gain. Please wear sturdy shoes, comfortable clothing, and be prepared for the cooler evening temperatures. Don’t forget to bring water, a flashlight, and binoculars if you choose.

Sunset Stroll: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/11/2021
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Migratory Bird Survey

Interpretive
Interpretive

From September 2021 through March 2022, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host monthly migratory bird surveys open to public participation. We will be tracking the abundance and diversity of the amazing variety of migratory birds who overwinter on the Bay.

This activity is open to birders at all levels and no experience is necessary. A limited number of loaner binoculars are available upon request.

Participants can expect to walk 2-3 miles over uneven terrain.

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

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

Migratory Bird Survey
Date:
Sat, 12/18/2021
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Distance Hike: Bommer to the Sea

Hiking & Fitness
Distance Hike:  Bommer to the Sea

Join us for a challenging and beautiful hiking adventure to the sea and back. Hiking distance is up to 14 miles and is designed for advanced hikers. Participants must be physically fit and have distance hiking experience. Singletrack trails, steep climbs and descents are numerous on this route, with approximately 2400 feet of accumulated climbing elevation.

Beginning in Bommer, the hike will head into Crystal Cove State Park, then pass through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park before returning to the Irvine preserve.

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

Distance Hike:  Bommer to the Sea
Date:
Sun, 12/12/2021
Time:
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
14 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED: Restoration Day – Watering at Peters Canyon CANCELLED

Stewardship
Stewardship

CANCELLED DUE TO EXPECTED HEAVY RAINS.

Lend a helping hand in Peters Canyon by watering newly planted natives. Join OC Parks’ Volunteers and Staff as they water over 100 recently planted sages, sumacs, buckwheat, and more along a restoration area.

Bring working gloves if you have them and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in. Sun protection and water is good too!

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

CANCELLED: Restoration Day - Watering at Peters Canyon CANCELLED
Date:
Sun, 12/12/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon

Join an OC Parks staff-led interpretive nature hike along the “Waterworks Trail” in the Irvine Ranch Open Space.  We’ll depart from Irvine Regional Park “Lot P” and head towards the beautiful Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, part of the Landmarks on the backside of the Irvine Lake dam before crossing Santiago Creek and heading back on the other bank of the creek. Beautiful views are plentiful on this route.

Route and mileage may change dependent on trail conditions.

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

Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/12/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Family Hike: Whiting Ranch

Interpretive
Family Hike: Whiting Ranch

Enjoy an early morning family hike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. We will hike along the Borrego Canyon trail and the Red Rock Canyon trail to our destination for approximately 2 miles (4 miles in total). Total climbing elevation is around 500 feet. The hike will be an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.

Family Hike: Whiting Ranch
Date:
Sun, 12/12/2021
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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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.

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

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, 12/12/2021
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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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, 12/12/2021
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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Sunset Mountain Bike Ride to Cathedral Rock

Mountain Biking
Sunset Mountain Bike Ride to Cathedral Rock

Think you would enjoy a challenging, but relaxing evening biking in the wilderness on empty trails with both a sunset and a nice view of city lights, then join us on this summer time ride to Cathedral Rock. Cathedral Rock is located at the high point on the south/east ridge of Fremont Canyon; this spot provides views of the Fremont Canyon Wilderness as well as Orange and Los Angeles Counties. This ride is for experienced off-road riders, in excellent cardio shape, that have some experience with evening/night riding.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land. Electric Mountain Bikes of any class or type are not permitted.

Sunset Mountain Bike Ride to Cathedral Rock
Date:
Sun, 12/12/2021
Time:
3:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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