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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Sunday, March 15, 2020

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, 03/15/2020
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 02/15/2020
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Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon

Interpretive

Join an OC Parks staff-led interpretive nature hike along the “Waterworks Trail” in the Irvine Ranch Open Space.  We’ll depart from Irvine Regional Park “Lot P” and head towards beautiful Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, part of the Landmarks on the back side of the Irvine Lake dam before crossing Santiago Creek and heading back on the […]

Waterworks Nature Hike: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 of 25
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Santiago Oaks Guided Nature Hike

Interpretive

Join us on a moderate 2-mile hike that includes climbing 400 feet above the amazing Santiago Creek watershed as we watch for raptors, birds, and other wildlife. Along the way, you will learn about some of the animals that call the park home and how they are dealing with the recent Canyon 2 fire. Our […]

Santiago Oaks Guided Nature Hike
Date:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
25 of 25
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions call this hidden canyon home. Gain the basic tracking techniques as we search for evidence such as tracks, fur, bones, homes and even scat. You never know what you may find! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes […]

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/15/2020
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Map and Compass Navigation: Part 3

Interpretive

Continue building your topographical map and compass skills while viewing the Limestone Canyon vistas. The goal during this last of our activity series is to practice with our map and compass to identify locations, distance and terrain. We will take a two to three mile “easy” hike through Limestone Canyon, practicing along the way. This […]

Map and Compass Navigation: Part 3
Date:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/15/2020
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Wildflowers of Upper Newport Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers” but in our case it really should be “January showers lead to flowers in February, March and April.” Come explore the bluffs above Upper Newport Bay and learn about all the different wildflowers which grow there. Participants will also learn how to identify some of the invasive […]

Wildflowers of Upper Newport Bay
Date:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
3 of 35
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Photo Journey – Limestone Canyon, The Sinks, Loma Ridge Backcountry & Sunset

Interpretive

Join us in the back-country wilderness for a journey filled with beautiful sights that are photographic and artistic sketching opportunities. Our journey begins in the afternoon. We will be deep in a secluded canyon, where time is measured in centuries, even millennia, in the sandstone cliffs of this ancient place called Limestone Canyon. You will board a […]

Photo Journey – Limestone Canyon, The Sinks, Loma Ridge Backcountry & Sunset
Date:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Time:
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/15/2020
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Discover Hidden Canyons: Black Star

Interpretive

Discover the hidden canyons and trails found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. These seldom-hiked trails offer fantastic vista views, wildflowers, secluded oasis of oaks, and rising rocky outcrops. Come take a stroll along the trails to discover the hidden gems of Orange County. We will listen to tales of how the geology was formed […]

Discover Hidden Canyons: Black Star
Date:
Mon, 03/16/2020
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/16/2020
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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, 03/16/2020
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 02/16/2020
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Tuesday, March 17, 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, 03/17/2020
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:
Registration for this event opens on 02/17/2020
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Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon

Hiking & Fitness

From the beautiful oak tree lined trail to the expansive hilltop views, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced evening fitness hike in scenic Bommer Canyon. This hike is a little over 3 miles with 700 feet of elevation gain in the first half. Participants must be able to hike 3+ miles per hour with little need […]

Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Tue, 03/17/2020
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/17/2020
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness

Recharge your batteries with a refreshing mid-week hike through the Agua Chinon Wash in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This hike will visit The Sinks and other possible destinations such as Box Springs, Loma Ridge, Limestone Ridge and Limestone Canyon. This hike involves multiple steep climbs and descents, with 2100+ feet of accumulated climbing elevation, but is […]

Mid-Week Hike: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Wed, 03/18/2020
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
12 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens on 02/18/2020
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