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.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join OC Parks staff and other volunteers in enhancing habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park! Activities may include planting native plants, watering, removing invasive plants, mulching, or weeding.

• No experience is necessary.
• Water will be provided.
• Tools will be available.
• Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.
• Rain or heat advisories will cancel the event.

Please Wear: long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a hat.
Please Bring: sunscreen, work gloves, reusable water container, and any tools you may have.

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event
Date:
Sun, 05/19/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, June 1, 2019

National Trails Day at Upper Newport Bay

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join outdoor enthusiasts all of the country and participate in a National Trails Day event on June 1st 2019. At Upper Newport Bay we will recognize this annual event coordinated by the American Hiking Society with a variety of service opportunities. Projects will include clearing trails, habitat restoration, pulling invasive weeds, and picking up trash. Whether you need volunteer service hours or just love the Bay, join us to give back and help protect and preserve one of Orange County’s greatest natural resources.

Children must be 8 years old or older to participate in this event.

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

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

For more information call (949) 923-2250 or email unbic@ocparks.com

National Trails Day at Upper Newport Bay
Date:
Sat, 06/01/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs

Stewardship
Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs

Connect with nature and give back to the land as we assist native plants and wildlife flourish in an extremely sensitive area of Limestone Canyon Preserve. You will give existing native plants room to thrive as we weed out invasive plants. Your work along this trail will not only benefit the plants and animals, but you will be supporting its continued beautification and protection.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 3 activity. The hike is a Level 2 Difficulty Rating.

Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs
Date:
Tue, 06/25/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Friday, July 5, 2019

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

From July 5th-7th 2019 Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host their first annual Bioblitz. This guided hike will train you how to use the inaturalist app and give everyone a chance to contribute!

This year our goal is to establish a baseline of biodiversity to track the impacts of invasive species, climate change, and the positive effects of our habitat restoration projects over time. Join us, become citizen scientists, and make a real contribution to our restoration and preservation programs at Upper Newport Bay!

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a citizen science event that focuses on observing and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The event helps to provide a “snapshot” of species diversity, providing researchers and the local community with baseline data which may be used to observe change over time.

How do I participate?

You will need a smartphone with the iNaturalist app installed. iNaturalist is a crowdsourced species identification system that allows you to record what you see in nature. It also serves as a way to connect with other nature enthusiasts and to learn more about the natural world. The free app may be
downloaded for Android or iOS. Once downloaded and logged on, join the Upper Newport Bay 2019 BioBlitz Project!

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/upper-newport-bay-2019-bioblitz

You don’t need to know what the organisms are either! Just post photos of your unknown observations and other citizen scientists and park staff will help you identify them.

So bring your field guides, binoculars, smartphone, friends, and your curiosity, and join us we we explore this place through the lens of science! For any questions, please contact Nathan Taxel at Nathan.taxel@ocparks.com

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk
Date:
Fri, 07/05/2019
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

From July 5th-7th 2019 Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host their first annual Bioblitz. This guided hike will train you how to use the inaturalist app and give everyone a chance to contribute!

This year our goal is to establish a baseline of biodiversity to track the impacts of invasive species, climate change, and the positive effects of our habitat restoration projects over time. Join us, become citizen scientists, and make a real contribution to our restoration and preservation programs at Upper Newport Bay!

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a citizen science event that focuses on observing and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The event helps to provide a “snapshot” of species diversity, providing researchers and the local community with baseline data which may be used to observe change over time.

How do I participate?

You will need a smartphone with the iNaturalist app installed. iNaturalist is a crowdsourced species identification system that allows you to record what you see in nature. It also serves as a way to connect with other nature enthusiasts and to learn more about the natural world. The free app may be.
downloaded for Android or iOS. Once downloaded and logged on, join the Upper Newport Bay 2019 BioBlitz Project on iNaturalist!

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/upper-newport-bay-2019-bioblitz

So bring your field guides, your binoculars, your smartphone, and your curiosity, and join us we we explore this place through the lens of science! For any questions, please contact Nathan Taxel at Nathan.taxel@ocparks.com

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk
Date:
Sat, 07/06/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

From July 5th-7th 2019 Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host their first annual Bioblitz. This guided hike will train you how to use the inaturalist app and give everyone a chance to contribute!

This year our goal is to establish a baseline of biodiversity to track the impacts of invasive species, climate change, and the positive effects of our habitat restoration projects over time. Join us, become citizen scientists, and make a real contribution to our restoration and preservation programs at Upper Newport Bay!

What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a citizen science event that focuses on observing and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The event helps to provide a “snapshot” of species diversity, providing researchers and the local community with baseline data which may be used to observe change over time.

How do I participate?

You will need a smartphone with the iNaturalist app installed. iNaturalist is a crowdsourced species identification system that allows you to record what you see in nature. It also serves as a way to connect with other nature enthusiasts and to learn more about the natural world. The free app may be.
downloaded for Android or iOS. Once downloaded and logged on, join the Upper Newport Bay 2019 BioBlitz Project on iNaturalist!

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/upper-newport-bay-2019-bioblitz

So bring your field guides, your binoculars, your smartphone, and your curiosity, and join us we we explore this place through the lens of science! For any questions, please contact Nathan Taxel at Nathan.taxel@ocparks.com

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk
Date:
Sun, 07/07/2019
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  
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