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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Mon, 12/11/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Tue, 12/12/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Wed, 12/13/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

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, 12/13/2017
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, December 14, 2017

Cancelled due to Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Cancelled due to Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Cancelled due to Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Thu, 12/14/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cancelled due Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Cancelled due Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Cancelled due Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Fri, 12/15/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, December 16, 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:
Sat, 12/16/2017
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, December 17, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire: Santiago Oaks Stewardship

Stewardship
CANCELLED due to Fire: Santiago Oaks Stewardship

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

No previous experience is needed, however please note that we may be hiking up steep trails.

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

CANCELLED due to Fire: Santiago Oaks Stewardship
Date:
Sun, 12/17/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Mon, 12/18/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

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, 12/18/2017
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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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Tue, 12/19/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Restoration Stewardship

Stewardship
Restoration Stewardship

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us 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 activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants or trash pick-up. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Close toed shoes and pants are recommended. Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen for sun protection. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!

Restoration Stewardship
Date:
Tue, 12/19/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
More Information  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Wed, 12/20/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

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, 12/20/2017
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, December 21, 2017

Cancelled Due to Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Stewardship
Cancelled Due to Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon

Come be a part of the effort to restore the oak woodlands in Weir Canyon that have been impacted by invasive wood-boring beetles and the recent Canyon 2 fire. This is a unique opportunity to see the impacts of the fire and beetle management and to plant acorns to ensure the long-term health of this special habitat.

Cancelled Due to Fire Weather: Acorn Planting to Restore Oak Woodlands in Upper Weir Canyon
Date:
Thu, 12/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Stewardship
CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Invading weeds degrade habitat for birds and other wildlife. Help us keep wildlife healthy by weeding artichoke thistle from the Quail Hill loop in Irvine. This activity takes place off-trail on uneven terrain and sturdy hiking boots and pants 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-4 activity on the land.

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Pulling Together at Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 12/21/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Restoring Habitat in Bommer Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

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! All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Note that this activity is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
Please review the Difficulty Ratings before registering. Understanding the 1-through-5 ratings system will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

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

Restoring Habitat in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 12/27/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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, High school students will spend their afternoon helping at the Native Seed Farm! Stewardship activities can include planting or harvesting native species to enhance habitat. 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:
Tue, 01/02/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
13
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