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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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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, 03/11/2020
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 02/11/2020
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Orchard Hills Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness

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. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Wed, 03/11/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/11/2020
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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in the remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under 6 miles and includes a steep hill. We will hike from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station. After enjoying a spectacular view, we will hike back […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Thu, 03/12/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/12/2020
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Fitness Hike – Little Sycamore, Meet at Nix

Hiking & Fitness

Please be aware this is a Fitness Hike and not for beginners; pace is approximately a 19 minute mile. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 7.2-mile hike (1050 -ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon […]

Fitness Hike - Little Sycamore, Meet at Nix
Date:
Thu, 03/12/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
15
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Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area

Stewardship

Please join us at the Augustine native plant nursery to plant native shrubs, and enhance native habitat at the staging area.  We will be working in close proximity to the parking area at the Augustine staging area in Limestone Canyon.  Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this […]

Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
Date:
Thu, 03/12/2020
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/12/2020
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Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain Biking

Explore Limestone Canyon by night on this intermediate mountain bike night ride. We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks, and along Limestone Ridge or Limestone Valley, depending on the group. Please plan for a distance between 10-12 miles. Please arrive early as it will get dark quickly. Trails include […]

Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
Date:
Thu, 03/12/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
13 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/12/2020
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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, 03/12/2020
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 02/12/2020
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Art at Arden: Plein Air Painting

Interpretive

Gather your sketchbook and paints for a morning of Art at Arden. Each month join our professional artist who will guide you through the practices of plein air painting or botanical illustrations. The art sessions will focus on a different artistic medium and expression, but each program will fully enjoy the beauty found on the […]

Art at Arden: Plein Air Painting
Date:
Fri, 03/13/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
17 of 20
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The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs

Equestrian
equestrian horses

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see plants that are native to our area.  You will be touring the beautiful Natural Landmarks. Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help […]

The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and The Sinks Equestrian Ride or Dripping Springs
Date:
Fri, 03/13/2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/13/2020
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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, 03/13/2020
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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Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks

Hiking & Fitness
red rocks black star canyon

Join us on a twilight hike in Black Star Canyon and get a close-up view of the Red Rocks geological formation. We’ll hike past Red Rocks and watch the colors change as the sun sets. The hike will be up to 3 miles round trip with a mild elevation gain and done at an easy […]

Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Red Rocks
Date:
Fri, 03/13/2020
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/13/2020
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Saturday, March 14, 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, 03/14/2020
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 02/14/2020
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Agua Chinon and the Sinks Exploration

Special Events

Please note: Preregistration is required due to limited parking capacity. Start your weekend off by exploring the Agua Chinon wash and the Sinks through this self-guided opportunity. Designated trails will be open for self-guided trail use in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging […]

Agua Chinon and the Sinks Exploration
Date:
Sat, 03/14/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/14/2020
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