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, March 2, 2020

Nurture the Bommer Canyon Nature Garden

Stewardship

Help us nurture the native garden in Cattle Camp. Your support is essential to keeping the garden looking healthy, by planting native shrubs to enhance the garden and restore native habitat. If you love gardening, this is an excellent way to give back. This garden features native plants that call our community home and it […]

Nurture the Bommer Canyon Nature Garden
Date:
Mon, 03/02/2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 03/02/2020
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, March 3, 2020

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, 03/03/2020
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, March 4, 2020

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness
orchard hills

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through Orchard Hills and Loma Ridge. We’ll hike around an avocado grove on the edge of the open space preserve and up to Loma Ridge, providing spectacular views of all of Orange County. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, including 2600+ feet of accumulated climbing […]

Mid Week Hike: Orchard Hills
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 03/04/2020
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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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. The three-mile loop has several very steep climbs and uneven terrain, but the hike is done […]

Orchard Hills Evening Hike
Date:
Wed, 03/04/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a challenging and beautiful adventure as we hike to the Hangman’s Tree Monument on Loma Ridge. Hike distance is 6 miles and affords fantastic views along the way, spanning the Pacific coastline, San Gabriel peaks and the Santa Ana Mountains. Several very steep climbs and descents are part of this route. We’ll […]

Thursday Morning Trek: Orchard Hills
Date:
Thu, 03/05/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Twilight Yoga Hike in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Enjoy a short hike and a gentle yoga practice in nature. A short but steep climb at a medium fast pace takes us to a 360-degree view of OC where we indulge in an evening yoga flow under a setting sun. A short hike under a darkening sky takes us back. Bring water, a yoga […]

Twilight Yoga Hike in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Thu, 03/05/2020
Time:
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 03/05/2020
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:
Full
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Friday, March 6, 2020

Epic Distance Hike in Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

Join us on this epic hike through the scenic canyons and along the ridges of Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This distance hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents on a variety of trails, both double and single track. Though very challenging, the rewards are well worth the effort – a visit to Dripping Springs, both […]

Epic Distance Hike in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 03/06/2020
Time:
7:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 03/06/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Advanced Cardio Hike: Fremont Run and Hike Loop

Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning cardio run/hike around Fremont Canyon loop.  This is a 16-mile cardio run/hike, completed in 4 1/2 hours. The first 10 miles are intensely difficult over a 3,500 ft elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep […]

Advanced Cardio Hike: Fremont Run and Hike Loop
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2020
Time:
6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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FREEKS Ride: Clockwise

Mountain Biking

Join us for a challenging docent-led mountain bike ride for very experienced off-road riders in excellent cardio shape. Climb challenging State Spur to Cathedral Rock, and then descend into Fremont Canyon while passing some of Orange County’s most spectacular geological formations. The ride continues out to Mini-Moab and then over to Sierra Peak, passing the […]

FREEKS Ride: Clockwise
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2020
Time:
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
25 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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, 03/07/2020
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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Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

Special Events

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
horse horses

Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use, where you can reach several peeks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks through the thick chaparral brush. Riders […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Native Plant Hike

Hiking & Fitness

Come join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists to learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft. elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a […]

Native Plant Hike
Date:
Sat, 03/07/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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