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.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Bird Walk in Peters Canyon

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Come join a leisure bird walk as we search to see which early birds catch the worms. Stroll through the park searching high in the oaks and sycamores for our flittering friends and low in the scrubs for the bouncing birds. Bring your binoculars, sun protection, comfortable shoes and an eye for spotting our feathered friends!

For questions, please contact Resource Specialist, Kelley Brugmann at 714-973-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Bird Walk in Peters Canyon
Date:
Mon, 09/20/2021
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
15 of 25
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Discover Hidden Canyons: Weir Canyon

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Discover Hidden Canyons: Weir Canyon

Discover the hidden canyons and trails found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. These seldom-hiked trails offer fantastic vista views, 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 underfoot to tales of the plants and animals that call these protected habitats home. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for our hike as well as bring proper sun protection and water.

Discover Hidden Canyons: Weir Canyon
Date:
Mon, 09/20/2021
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Mid-Autumn Festival

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Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Mid-Autumn Festival

This month we will focus on a Chinese celebration called Mid-Autumn Festival. This fun night of celebration enjoys the middle of autumn with lanterns and lion dances. Come and enjoy an evening hike on the Waterworks Trail in Fermont Canyon.

Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as we celebrate different cultures together! Each month, a different culture and celebration will be highlighted, usually with the program presented in multiple languages which allows everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.

Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Mid-Autumn Festival
Date:
Tue, 09/21/2021
Time:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Full
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Autumn Equinox Hike: Fall in Love with Santiago Oaks

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Fall in love with Santiago Oaks Regional Park by hiking on the first day of Autumn! The new season begins at 12:21 p.m. on September 22, 2021, which starts the shift to shorter days of light. As the canyon begins to adjust to the approaching cooler weather, the plants and animals find ways to survive the winter season. Join a naturalist as we search for signs of winter! Bring binoculars if you have them, sturdy shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water.

Program is free though there is a Park Entrance Fee per entry vehicle.

For questions, please contact Resource Specialist, Kelley Brugmann at 714-973-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Autumn Equinox Hike: Fall in Love with Santiago Oaks
Date:
Wed, 09/22/2021
Time:
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
10 of 30
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Friday, September 24, 2021

Wild Tales

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Upper Newport Bay’s long running and popular story time is back! Wild tales will be offered every Friday and include an outdoor story time in our newly renovated amphitheater, an age appropriate hike, and a craft project in our classroom. Each session will have a new story, hike theme, and craft project.

Activities are designed for ages 2-4 but all are welcome.

Current CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be observed.

All Minors under 16 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian at all times.

Rain or heat advisory will cancel the event.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 09/24/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
25 of 25
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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

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 that you do not mind getting a little dusty.

This program is focused on older children and adults.

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/25/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
1 of 20
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Explore Weir Canyon: Animal Signs and Tracks

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Explore Weir Canyon: Animal Signs and Tracks

Come join us as we hike 5 miles through the lovely Weir Canyon. Before our hike starts a brief introduction to animal tracks and scats will be given. Along our journey, we will be looking for any signs animals might have left behind for us to find. Tracks, scats, and other signs are out there waiting for us to find them!

Please come prepared with plenty (50 oz) of water, closed-toe shoes, and a sturdy hiking backpack.

Explore Weir Canyon: Animal Signs and Tracks
Date:
Sat, 09/25/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
11 of 20
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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Family Hike: Whiting Ranch

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Family Hike: Whiting Ranch

Enjoy an early morning family hike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. We will hike along the Borrego Canyon trail and the Red Rock Canyon trail to our destination for approximately 2 miles (4 miles in total). Total climbing elevation is around 500 feet. The hike will be an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.

Family Hike: Whiting Ranch
Date:
Sun, 09/26/2021
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
6 of 20
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Crafty Kids Sunday

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Come join us for a fun themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.!

Crafty Kids Sunday features FREE craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom.

All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be observed.

Crafty Kids Sunday
Date:
Sun, 09/26/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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CANCELLED: Compass Skills Treasure Hunt

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Join us for a fun, family friendly event, to learn basic compass and navigation skills, make a DIY compass to take home, and go on an exciting scavenger hunt challenge course! Participants will learn how to use one of most important tools for wilderness survival and get to explore Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve!

Activities will be designed for learners in the 7-10 age range, but everyone is welcome.

Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event.

Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited so advance registration is encouraged.

For more information call (949) 923-2277 or email Nathan.taxel@ocparks.com

CANCELLED: Compass Skills Treasure Hunt
Date:
Sun, 09/26/2021
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Spaces Left:
Full
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Toddler Treks: Bouncing Bats

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What do the nighttime animals do when we go to sleep? Take a closer look at the bouncing bats and discover their important role in our environment. Hear a fun story of Stellaluna, and then create your own nocturnal friend to take home.

This fun program is for ages 2 – 6 years. Program is free but space is limited. Parents must register themselves and each child for this free program at www.LetsGoOutside.org/OCParks/Activities

Program is free though there is a Park Entrance Fee per entry vehicle.

For questions, please contact Resource Specialist, Kelley Brugmann at 714-973-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Toddler Treks: Bouncing Bats
Date:
Tue, 09/28/2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Irvine Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
2
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
2 of 30
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