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.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Naturalist Notebook Series: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

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Naturalist Notebook Series: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy is proud to introduce the Naturalist Notebook Series, which will offer a variety  topics to enhance your knowledge of the Landmarks  and Open Space. As well, it is an opportunity to provide interpretive engagement for the public.

Please join us as Brittany Goldsmith, former IRC Community Stewardship Coordinator, now the current Volunteer Program Manager of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, shares her insights on research, restoration and programming taking place at Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Come hear more about the programs, plants and animals that call this place home.

Registration is required. We welcome volunteers, their guests, and the public.

All Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers please register for this event as a trainee to earn continuing education volunteer hours.  Space is limited.

Naturalist Notebook Series: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Date:
Tue, 02/06/2018
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on the season. Tools and training will be provided. You do not need experience, nor a green thumb, just excitement to give back to the land.

Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website:  All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.

Participants are required to come prepared by reviewing the Stewardship Tips in their confirmation email. Under-prepared participants may be turned away.

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 02/07/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Youth Action Team Stewardship at Bommer Canyon

Stewardship
Youth Action Team Stewardship at Bommer Canyon

The Youth Action Team, an after school community-service based program throughout the City of Irvine regularly volunteers their time to steward the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This week, middle school students will spend their morning helping to enhance Bommer Canyon! Stewardship activities can include planting native species to enhance the habitat, planting cactus to close social trails, watering newly planted natives, and more. Please help lead this group and provide a wonderful experience they will never forget!

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

Youth Action Team Stewardship at Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 02/07/2018
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
13
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Please join us at the Native Plant Nursery located at the Augustine Staging Area. This is a unique opportunity to help plant coastal sage scrub plant species. All work at the nursery is community-driven, and the plants grown and planted will help to enhance native habitat within Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve! We will be working in close proximity to the parking area. 

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

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Thu, 02/08/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Adopt-a-Canyon: Agua Chinon Stewardship

Stewardship
Adopt-a-Canyon: Agua Chinon Stewardship

Are you a nature lover, hiker, gardener, or just need to get outside to refresh yourself? Does the idea of adopting a canyon interest you? Please come help Irvine Ranch Conservancy restore local habitat, native plants, and wildlife so they may thrive in the canyon of Agua Chinon. No experience is necessary other than a desire to explore and care for our open space. Participants may engage in plant identification, removal of invasive weeds, and planting native plants.

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

Adopt-a-Canyon: Agua Chinon Stewardship
Date:
Sat, 02/10/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on the season. Tools and training will be provided. You do not need experience, nor a green thumb, just excitement to give back to the land.

Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website:  All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.

Participants are required to come prepared by reviewing the Stewardship Tips in their confirmation email. Under-prepared participants may be turned away.

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 02/10/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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 so they may flourish in an extremely sensitive area of Limestone Canyon Preserve. You will ride through the canyon in a safari-type vehicle to the Dripping Springs Trail where you may water or add native plants. In addition we will give existing native plants room to thrive as we weed out invasive plants. As a bonus we will hike approximately 2 miles round-trip to Dripping Springs; a fern-covered rock face dripping with life-giving water creating an essential watering hole for wildlife in the canyon. 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:
Sun, 02/11/2018
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.
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Irvine Park Trail Restoration Day

Stewardship
Irvine Park Trail Restoration Day

Leave your park better than you found it! Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff during monthly habitat stewardship activities at Irvine Regional Park, aimed at keeping the park’s trails and habitat healthy. Identified in collaboration with the Park Rangers that patrol the trails everyday, stewardship projects can include planting to combat the effects of off-trail use, removing invasive plant species that threaten to crowd out the diversity of native plants, and more!

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

Irvine Park Trail Restoration Day
Date:
Sun, 02/11/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Please join us at the Native Plant Nursery located at the Augustine Staging Area. This is a unique opportunity to help plant coastal sage scrub plant species. All work at the nursery is community-driven, and the plants grown and planted will help to enhance native habitat within Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve! We will be working in close proximity to the parking area. 

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

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Sun, 02/11/2018
Time:
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Youth Action Team Stewardship at West Loma

Stewardship
Youth Action Team Stewardship at West Loma

The Youth Action Team, an after school community-service based program throughout the City of Irvine regularly volunteers their time to steward the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. This week, High School students will spend their afternoon helping to plant native grasses on West Loma! Students will be transported to work site via IRC vehicles. Hiking with tools will be required.

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

Youth Action Team Stewardship at West Loma
Date:
Mon, 02/12/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
13
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill

Please join us at the Community Stewardship Native Plant Nursery located at the Quail Hill Trailhead in Irvine. This month, help us plant native species . We will be working along the Quail Hill Loop off of the trailhead parking lot. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native habitat – directly benefiting the local wildlife!

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

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill
Date:
Tue, 02/13/2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on the season. Tools and training will be provided. You do not need experience, nor a green thumb, just excitement to give back to the land.

Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website:  All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.

Participants are required to come prepared by reviewing the Stewardship Tips in their confirmation email. Under-prepared participants may be turned away.

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 02/14/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Keep it Wild – Big Bend

Stewardship
Keep it Wild - Big Bend

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, close toed shoes and sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Big Bend Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 1 miles south of El Toro Rd.). Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission. A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities. Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. On line reservations required: lagunacanyon.org/activities Forms available on this webpage as well. For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!

Keep it Wild - Big Bend
Date:
Sat, 02/17/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
More Information  

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on the season. Tools and training will be provided. You do not need experience, nor a green thumb, just excitement to give back to the land.

Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website:  All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.

Participants are required to come prepared by reviewing the Stewardship Tips in their confirmation email. Under-prepared participants may be turned away.

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 02/17/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Monday, February 19, 2018

CANCELLED: Tecate Cypress Stewardship

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CANCELLED: Tecate Cypress Stewardship

The Tecate Cypress is a rare species found only in southern California and northern Baja California. Unfortunately, the northern most population in the Santa Ana Mountains is in severe decline due to too-frequent wildfires. In effort to protect this rare species, locally genetic trees have been planted in Fremont Canyon, in close proximity to the staging area. Join us as we deeply water and weed around the young trees. Your work will ensure the newly-planted Tecate has all they need to thrive, and will directly help the effort to ensure the persistence of this unique forest community here in Orange County!

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

CANCELLED: Tecate Cypress Stewardship
Date:
Mon, 02/19/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon

Stewardship
Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we plant native shrubs along the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont! Spend the afternoon working under an oak woodland and coastal sage habitat. Your work on the trail will help establish important habitat in Fremont for local wildlife.

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

Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Tue, 02/20/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. You will be working to help expand the Farm’s impact for restoration of Orange County’s wildlands by planting new plants into our growing fields, weeding to protect them while they grow, and harvesting seed, depending on the season. Tools and training will be provided. You do not need experience, nor a green thumb, just excitement to give back to the land.

Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website:  All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.

Participants are required to come prepared by reviewing the Stewardship Tips in their confirmation email. Under-prepared participants may be turned away.

Dig in! Plant Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 02/21/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  
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