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.

Friday, September 7, 2018

CANCELLED: First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
CANCELLED: First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully near Newport Beach. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

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

CANCELLED: First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 09/07/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill (Waterworks Trail Project)

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill (Waterworks Trail Project)

Please join us at the Community Stewardship Native Plant Nursery located at the Quail Hill Trailhead in Irvine. Help us to prepare native plants for future planting on the land alongside the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont Canyon. This stewardship activity may involve planting seeds, watering and weeding or potentially working with cacti. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native habitat and directly benefit the local wildlife!

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill (Waterworks Trail Project)
Date:
Thu, 09/13/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Thursday, September 27, 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 seed native shrubs in small pots. Your help 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, 09/27/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, October 2, 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. Help us to water native shrubs, as well as to seed native plants and plant cactus into 1 gallons pots. Your work at the nursery will help enhance the native habitat and directly benefit the local wildlife!

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill
Date:
Tue, 10/02/2018
Time:
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Friday, October 5, 2018

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully near Newport Beach. This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

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

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 10/05/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Bommer Canyon Habitat Restoration

Stewardship
Bommer Canyon Habitat Restoration

Come get your hands dirty and learn about the restoration process. Please join IRC staff and volunteers in helping restore degraded habitat to pristine habitat in Bommer Canyon, once home to a working cattle ranch. Habitat restoration is important for returning native wildlife and plant species to an area as well as improving ecosystem processes. Just think of the pride you will enjoy when you see the thriving natives over the coming years…. that you directly helped!

No previous experience is needed. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and preferably wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Participants must also bring their own water as well as wear sunscreen and hats. Thank you for your continued support of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks!

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

Bommer Canyon Habitat Restoration
Date:
Tue, 10/09/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, October 10, 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: www.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:
Wed, 10/10/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Trail Stewardship

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Trail Stewardship

If you enjoy using the wilderness park and aren’t afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving the trails. You’ll also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. We’ll be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trails and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Ages 17 and up (must have waiver signed by parent). Refreshments served. Trail to be determined closer to event and notification will be sent to those signed up (sign up required). www.lagunacanyon.org.activities. For questions call 949-497-8324

Trail Stewardship
Date:
Sun, 10/14/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
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