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.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Monday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down. The hike is conducted at […]

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Mon, 02/17/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
29 of 30
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Morning Yoga Hike in Baker Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy a short hike and a gentle yoga practice in nature. A short, level hike through the Baker Canyon meadow warms us up for a gentle morning yoga flow under a shaded canopy. Please bring water, your own yoga mat and large beach towel. Mats will not be provided. Closed-toe shoes, hats and sunscreen recommended […]

Morning Yoga Hike in Baker Canyon
Date:
Tue, 02/18/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
5 of 15
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Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a 3, 6, or 8 mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3.0 to 3.5 miles per […]

Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Tue, 02/18/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
30 of 30
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is […]

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Wed, 02/19/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/19/2020
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Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then come help out at the Native Seed Farm in Irvine!   There you can help the Irvine Ranch Conservancy grow and harvest native seeds which will be used to repair wildland right here in Orange County. This winter we will be working together to add new […]

Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Wed, 02/19/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/19/2020
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Join us every Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down. The hike is conducted at […]

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 02/19/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/19/2020
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Open Space, we’ll be in Quail Hill, once part of the historic Irvine cattle ranch. The hike is seven and a half miles with some climbing, but rewards you with fantastic views overlooking Laguna Canyon and many Irvine locales. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, hat and any other necessary equipment to […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 02/20/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/20/2020
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Pulling Together at Quail Hill

Stewardship

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 on uneven terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are […]

Pulling Together at Quail Hill
Date:
Thu, 02/20/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/20/2020
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Sunset Stroll: Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
black star red rocks

Come for a relaxing sunset stroll in the wildlands of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Experience the sights and sounds as dusk settles in while learning about the native plants and animals. We will be walking at a leisurely pace of 1.5 mph for an hour and a half on trails with little to no […]

Sunset Stroll: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Thu, 02/20/2020
Time:
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/20/2020
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Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike is done at your own pace as a walk, jog, or run (speed range typically 2.5 to 3.5 mph), so is suitable for beginners who are just starting their fitness program as […]

Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 02/20/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/20/2020
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Friday, February 21, 2020

Better Birding Basics: Raptors and Other Soaring Birds

Interpretive

This is the time of year when raptors think about romance — they pair up and display to their partners. We will be observing all birds on this walk, but pay special attention to the ones we see soaring. Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, along with sun protection such as a hat and […]

Better Birding Basics: Raptors and Other Soaring Birds
Date:
Fri, 02/21/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/21/2020
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Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area

Equestrian

Take a leisurely double loop equestrian ride through beautiful Baker Canyon in the Black Star Wilderness Area, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see some of the wildflowers that are native to our area.  You will gain amazing […]

Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area
Date:
Fri, 02/21/2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/21/2020
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Wild Tales

Interpretive

Bring your little Wild One to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. Join us for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a guided nature walk, hands-on activities, and arts and crafts. No upfront cost to register online, but there is a $5 cash fee per child to participate in the craft. Trails […]

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 02/21/2020
Time:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
15 of 15
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Hicks Haul Road Fitness Run: 5K Distance

Hiking & Fitness
fitness hike

Join us for a road run in the Irvine Ranch Open Space. We’ll run on the paved Hicks Haul Road, up to a 5k distance. We’ll begin with some warm up exercises before we set off on our run. The route is up to the top of Loma Ridge and back, providing both uphill and […]

Hicks Haul Road Fitness Run: 5K Distance
Date:
Fri, 02/21/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/21/2020
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