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 8, 2020

Limestone Canyon Photography Truck Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a backcountry wilderness driving tour filled with great sightseeing and photographic opportunities. Our journey begins at the Hicks Haul Staging Area, where you will board the back of an open-air, ten-seat, 4-wheel drive vehicle for a tour of Limestone Canyon.
 We will stop occasionally for 10-15 minutes or so to admire the […]

Limestone Canyon Photography Truck Tour
Date:
Sat, 02/08/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Long Distance Hiking – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as we explore the beauty and diversity of trails in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 6.9-mile hike (900-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep, and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and along ridges with beautiful […]

Long Distance Hiking – Ridge Park
Date:
Sat, 02/08/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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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, 02/08/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills […]

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 02/08/2020
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Young Explorers: Of Cosmic Proportions

Interpretive

Did you know, the Milky Way galaxy contains billions of solar systems and we are just one of those solar systems? Join us as we take a closer look at the objects found in our solar system and learn about planetary science. Afterwards we will go on a hike in Limestone Canyon Wilderness Preserve and […]

Young Explorers: Of Cosmic Proportions
Date:
Sat, 02/08/2020
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
7
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
moon

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers (as the […]

Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sat, 02/08/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike

Interpretive
Interpretive

Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a walk around the Bay, lit by the full moon. We will see and hear nocturnal animals as the “night shift” clocks in for duty. If conditions are favorable we will also examine the moon through our telescope after the hike. Minors aged 16 and […]

Full Moon Hike
Date:
Sat, 02/08/2020
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
30 of 35
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Beginning Fitness Hike: Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in WeiTrail shoes are fine, but not required. Please bring adequate water! Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land. Remember, even though this is a beginning […]

Beginning Fitness Hike: Weir Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Second Sunday Limestone Hike: Two Views of The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this serene Sunday morning hike to both the east and west viewing decks of The Sinks. This distance hike rewards hikers with panoramic unobstructed views of The Sinks, an ancient and dramatic formation of exposed sandstone cliffs. The trail passes through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands, and includes sweeping […]

Second Sunday Limestone Hike: Two Views of The Sinks
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Interpretive

Led by Sea and Sage Audubon Society in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, this free monthly bird walk is a great way to learn more about the wonderful world of birds. Discover a diversity of resident and migratory birds with expert birders as we explore the freshwater ponds and riparian areas of the […]

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Moderate-Paced Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road

Mountain Biking

This is a moderate-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to move slower in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. This program is for very physically fit riders in excellent cardio condition. The ride starts at the Augustine staging area and travels along the Hick’s Haul paved […]

Moderate-Paced Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
11.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Mountain Bike Clinic: Rider 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 bike skills developing rider-influenced techniques to navigate your bike over common trail features and obstacles, this is the clinic for you! Class begins with a brief overview of rider fundamentals starting […]

Mountain Bike Clinic: Rider Skills
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Equestrian Ride in Fremont: Big, Bold, Breathtaking!

Equestrian

Come bring your horse and join us as we explore the vastness of Fremont Canyon. Our trail begins at the foot of the Irvine Lake Dam, where the sky is often filled with large soaring birds. You will find the sage-scented trail lined with thick chaparral and rock outcroppings. Our horses will take us up […]

Equestrian Ride in Fremont: Big, Bold, Breathtaking!
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Night Mercury / Full Moon Hike in Orchard Hills

Interpretive

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the Orchard Hills loop trail. This trail meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve and provides fantastic ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline. The hike will begin with a short presentation on natural and man-made events that may […]

Night Mercury / Full Moon Hike in Orchard Hills
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

Interpretive

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The […]

Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sun, 02/09/2020
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Monday, February 10, 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, 02/10/2020
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:
Full
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bommer Canyon Habitat Restoration

Stewardship

Come get your hands dirty and learn about the restoration process. Please join IRC staff and volunteers in helping restore degraded habitat to pristine habitat in Bommer Canyon, once home to a working cattle ranch. Habitat restoration is important for returning native wildlife and plant species to an area as well as improving ecosystem processes. […]

Bommer Canyon Habitat Restoration
Date:
Tue, 02/11/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 02/11/2020
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:
Full
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Bommer Canyon. This area was historically a center for cattle operations that occurred in the San Joaquin Hills up until the late 1990s, and is now part of the Open Space Preserve. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents across a variety of trail types, […]

Mid Week Hike: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Wed, 02/12/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 02/12/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Native Seed Farm
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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