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, September 3, 2017

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 seed native shrubs, as well as weed out pesky Russian thistle (tumbleweed) seedlings to ensure the newly planted natives have room to thrive. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native habitat and directly benefit the local wildlife!

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill
Date:
Sun, 09/03/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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, 09/10/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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 seed native shrubs, as well as weed out pesky Russian thistle (tumbleweed) seedlings to ensure the newly planted natives have room to thrive. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native habitat and directly benefit the local wildlife!

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill
Date:
Tue, 09/12/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tecate Cypress Stewardship

Stewardship
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.

Tecate Cypress Stewardship
Date:
Mon, 09/18/2017
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Habitat Enhancement Volunteer Support: Waterworks Trail

Stewardship
Stewardship

Volunteer Stewards and Land Stewards are needed to help support a corporate group stewardship activity . We will be restoring native habitat along a portion of the Waterworks trail that runs from Irvine Regional Park to the Fremont Canyon Staging Area. With your help, we will be restoring native habitat by planting small native shrubs and trees that will line the trail. No experience is necessary, and all tools and training will be provided.

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

Habitat Enhancement Volunteer Support: Waterworks Trail
Date:
Wed, 09/20/2017
Time:
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
More Information  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Youth Action Team Stewardship at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Youth Action Team Stewardship at the Native Seed Farm

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 afternoon helping out at the Native Seed Farm! Stewardship activities can include harvesting native seed, weeding, and planting. 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 the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 09/27/2017
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
More Information  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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 to propagate native grassland plant species by planting seeds into containers. We will be working within the nursery compound off of the trailhead parking lot. This is a unique opportunity to help start native plants right at the same location they will be planted. 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:
Sun, 10/01/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
More Information  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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, 10/04/2017
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
13
More Information  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Exploring Limestone Canyon: Dripping Springs Loop

Interpretive
Exploring Limestone Canyon: Dripping Springs Loop

Please note: Pre-Registration for this event is required for this event.                             

Pre-Registration will open on September 6, 2017 and close on October 6, 2017.

Join us on a moderate-paced hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This month we will have a guided walk that is a 6.5-mile distance, and 700′ elevation gain, loop hike to introduce you to the newly restored Dripping Springs trail. Listen closely as your lead discusses recent stewardship activity on the trail and its positive effect on the land. Review the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Please make sure you are ready to go with close toed shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, and anything else you will need to be safe on the trail.

After our trek, you are welcome to enjoy the trails during Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon.

 

 

Exploring Limestone Canyon: Dripping Springs Loop
Date:
Sat, 10/07/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Afternoon at the Seed Farm: It’s Harvest Time for Wildflowers!

Stewardship
Afternoon at the Seed Farm: It's Harvest Time for Wildflowers!

 

Do a good deed and get a dose of Nature! Come experience the cool mornings and the spicy aromas of a California autumn while working with us at our one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required.

You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush.

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

Afternoon at the Seed Farm: It's Harvest Time for Wildflowers!
Date:
Sat, 10/07/2017
Time:
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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, 10/08/2017
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 propagate coastal sage scrub plant species. All work at the nursery is community-driven, and the plants grown will help to enhance the native habitat within Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve! This month, help us to grow native California sagebrush and buckwheat by planting the small seeds into containers. We will be working in the shade of the nursery located 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, 10/08/2017
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  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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 to propagate native grassland plant species by planting seeds into containers. We will be working within the nursery compound off of the trailhead parking lot. This is a unique opportunity to help start native plants right at the same location they will be planted. 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, 10/10/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Do a good deed and get a dose of Nature! Come experience the cool mornings and the spicy aromas of a California autumn while working with us at our one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required.

You will be harvesting seeds from robust native fall wildflowers and bushes— things like California Buckwheat and our iconic Sagebrush.

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

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 10/11/2017
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  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship
CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: 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 propagate coastal sage scrub plant species. All work at the nursery is community-driven, and the plants grown will help to enhance the native habitat within Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve! This month, help us to grow native California sagebrush and buckwheat by planting the small seeds into containers. We will be working in the shade of the nursery located 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.

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Thu, 10/12/2017
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  
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