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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday Morning Trek: Limestone Canyon and Dripping Springs

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in Limestone Canyon to Dripping Springs. The hike is 7-mile loop hike which includes some hills and descents. In addition to the springs, we will enjoy panoramic views of the wildlands from East Loma. Please bring water, a trail snack, sun screen, hat, and any […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Limestone Canyon and Dripping Springs
Date:
Thu, 02/27/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/27/2020
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Quail Hill Native Plant Nursery

Stewardship

Please join us at the Quail Hill native plant nursery to water newly planted shrubs, and to plant native plant seeds in small pots.  We will be working in close proximity to the parking area at the Quail Hill Trail head.  Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in […]

Quail Hill Native Plant Nursery
Date:
Thu, 02/27/2020
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/27/2020
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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, 02/27/2020
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 01/27/2020
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Friday, February 28, 2020

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, 02/28/2020
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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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning cardio hike in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings.  This is an 8 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5+ hours, includes a 1000+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 02/29/2020
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 01/29/2020
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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, 02/29/2020
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 01/29/2020
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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking

We start our ride on the paved Hicks Haul Road, the extension of Jeffrey Rd north of Portola Pkwy. As we warm up on the climb to the top of the road, we enjoy increasingly beautiful views over Irvine. We then follow Loma Ridge to the East, with fantastic vistas of Orange County, the surrounding […]

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/01/2020
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Mesa Loop Hike

Interpretive

Join an OC Parks staff-led moderately paced hike around the Mesa Loop Trail! On the way we’ll talk about some local flora and fauna that call the canyons their home, and take in the striking views that only this location can provide. You will travel through a shaded oak woodland grove, smelling the sweet sage […]

Mesa Loop Hike
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
4 of 20
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Irvine Lake View Hike

Interpretive

Hike with us up the east side of Fremont Canyon to arrive at a stunning view of  Irvine Lake.  This is not a cardio-hike; although there are some steep areas which are challenging. Our pace will be moderate with stops to look at the views, the blooming flowers, and catch our breath. This is an […]

Irvine Lake View Hike
Date:
Sun, 03/01/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/01/2020
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