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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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hicks Haul Fitness Run: Extended 10K Distance

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a road run in the Irvine Ranch Open Space. We’ll run on the paved Hicks Haul Road, up to a 10k (6.5 miles) distance. We’ll begin with some warm up exercises before we set off on our run. The route is up and over Loma Ridge, providing both uphill and downhill training […]

Hicks Haul Fitness Run: Extended 10K Distance
Date:
Sat, 02/22/2020
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/22/2020
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Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy miles of lush oak studded canyons, fascinating rock formations and sweeping views in the tranquility of the back country on this fast-paced fitness hike. On a clear day we’ll be rewarded with glorious views of the San Gabriel and Santa Ana mountains. This special and ecologically fragile area has been closed for some time […]

Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop
Date:
Sat, 02/22/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/22/2020
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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:
Sat, 02/22/2020
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 01/22/2020
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Art on the Landmarks: Painting Limestone Canyon

Interpretive

Dive into the amazing array of color of the canyons on this outdoor Art on the Landmarks program. Bring along your paints, pens, pencils or pastels to create your own creation of the beautiful scenery around you. We will ride in an open air vehicle to an ideal location that meets the group’s needs for […]

Art on the Landmarks: Painting Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/22/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/22/2020
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Looking for Native Animals in Your Backyard: Round Canyon

Interpretive

There are critters in your backyard: big ones, little ones, furry ones, ones with feathers, and ones with scales. They go about their business and pay little attention to you. In fact, they would rather not be bothered unless you were a tempting morsel of food. Round Canyon is teeming with wildlife, and waiting for […]

Looking for Native Animals in Your Backyard: Round Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/22/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/22/2020
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Introduction to Landscape and Nature Photography

Interpretive
Interpretive

Fancy equipment and expensive software are not necessary to capture beautiful landscapes and nature scenes, especially here at Upper Newport Bay! In this introductory workshop we will focus on subject matter, composition and lighting to give participants the basics they need to make compelling photographs in the outdoors, no matter what type of equipment they […]

Introduction to Landscape and Nature Photography
Date:
Sat, 02/22/2020
Time:
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Spaces Left:
1 of 40
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5.5  mile hike is conducted at about 3.0 miles per hour with approximately 600′ of an uphill gradual climb on paved and […]

Beginning Fitness Hike: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/23/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/23/2020
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Mountain Bike Clinic: Terrain Skills

Mountain Biking

If you are new to mountain biking and interested in getting started the right way, or if you just want to hone your existing skills developing terrain-influenced bike handling over several types of man-made features, this is the clinic for you! The class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting with platform position […]

Mountain Bike Clinic: Terrain Skills
Date:
Sun, 02/23/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/23/2020
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Sunrise Yoga Hike in Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy a short hike and a gentle yoga practice in nature. A short but steep fast-paced climb takes us to an overlook view where we engage in an invigorating early morning yoga flow as the day awakens. A short descending hike takes us back. Please bring water, your own yoga mat and large beach towel […]

Sunrise Yoga Hike in Orchard Hills
Date:
Sun, 02/23/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/23/2020
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Meditation Walk on the Canyons Loop

Interpretive

Start your week with a quieting, peaceful excursion through nature. Enjoy a comfortable seated or reclined mindfulness practice sheltered beneath an old oak tree. Continue with a walking mindfulness practice on a half-mile level trail through a native scrub forest. There is a brief explanation of mindfulness practice for newcomers. Bring a large towel or […]

Meditation Walk on the Canyons Loop
Date:
Sun, 02/23/2020
Time:
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
0.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/23/2020
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Starry, Starry Night

Interpretive

Come join us for an interactive evening under the stars.  Immerse yourself in a scaled down version of our solar system.  Test your imagination in naming the constellations.  Reenact the struggle between Orion and the Scorpion.  The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a high level of interpretation. This […]

Starry, Starry Night
Date:
Sun, 02/23/2020
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/23/2020
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Monday, February 24, 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, 02/24/2020
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 01/24/2020
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