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.

Friday, May 20, 2022

5/20 – Ranger Reserve – Lot Cameras

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Service LACO parking lot trail cameras (replacing batteries & SD cards and correcting camera clocks if needed).

5/20 - Ranger Reserve - Lot Cameras
Date:
Fri, 05/20/2022
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
18
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Monday, May 23, 2022

Restoration Day – Watering at Peters Canyon

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Lend a helping hand to help improve native habitat in Peters Canyon Regional Park. Dedicate the morning to seasonally appropriate restoration, such as planting native shrubs that will encourage the local wildlife to thrive, watering recently planted natives, or weeding restoration plots. Bring strong gardening gloves, trail snacks and water, and wear sun protection and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in.

Please contact Resource Specialist Kelley Brugmann with any questions at 714-923-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Restoration Day - Watering at Peters Canyon
Date:
Mon, 05/23/2022
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
6 of 20
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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Restoration in Big Canyon

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Around 25,000 plants have been installed at our Big Canyon restoration site, and we would love your help protecting the new plantings from invasive plants. Invasive plants pose a huge threat to displacing native plant communities and wildlife at the Bay, second only to habitat loss. By removing invasive weeds, we will ensure the Big Canyon project site thrives with native plants for years to come. No prior plant ID/weeding experience necessary.

Minors must have a legal guardian present at all times.

To register, go to: RestoreBigCanyon.eventbrite.com

Interested in bringing out a large group of 15 or more? Please contact Zachery Flores at zachery.flores@newportbay.org for more information on how to sign up.

Time & Location
We will meet at 9am at the project site entrance. A map with directions will be included in your confirmation email following registration. From the parking location, the project site is a short 5-minute walk into the canyon. NOTE: There are no restrooms at this location.

What to Bring/Wear
Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. We also recommend wearing breathable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Hand tools, shovels, and gloves will be provided. All volunteers not yet fully vaccinated must wear a face mask while on the project site. Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated volunteers.

Restoration in Big Canyon
Date:
Thu, 05/26/2022
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
14
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Friday, May 27, 2022

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

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Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like planting native plants can greatly improve habitat for wildlife. You can be part of that positive impact while enjoying the beauty of Buck Gully near Newport Beach. Come help us with a variety of activities ranging from seed collection to weeding invasive plants.

This activity takes place on sloped terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Fourth Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 05/27/2022
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, May 29, 2022

CANCELLED: Safe Trails Awareness Day – Santiago Oaks (BCP Volunteers)

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Back Country Patrol (BCP) Volunteers share their trail knowledge with park visitors while working the monthly Safe Trail Awareness Day informative booth at Irvine, Santiago Oaks, and Peters Canyon Regional Parks. BCP Volunteers share how trail users can maximize their enjoyment while in the parks. The Trail Etiquette Triangle is highlighted at the booth and is a friendly reminder when each hiker, biker and equestrian have the right-away while passing each other on the trails. BCP Volunteers answer questions, encourage proper trail etiquette, and hand out bike bells and other trail goodies.

Booth is open 8 – 11 a.m., weather permitted. Meet at the Ranger Station by 7:30 a.m.

Booth is available for Facility Certified Back Country Patrol Volunteers for Irvine, Santiago Oaks, and Peters Canyon Regional Parks.

Contact Resource Specialist Kelley Brugmann for more questions at Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com or (714) 973-6625

CANCELLED: Safe Trails Awareness Day - Santiago Oaks (BCP Volunteers)
Date:
Sun, 05/29/2022
Time:
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Friday, June 3, 2022

It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

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It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Looking for a way to give back to Nature this summer? Come help us behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! We will be harvesting seeds from beautiful native plants, like Sage and Cliff Aster. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required! 

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 2 activity. Activities may include bending, stooping, crouching, squatting, long periods of standing, reaching, pulling, grabbing, and pushing.

Please note our Minors Policy for all public activities: All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their respective parent or legal guardian. Both parent and their accompanying minor(s) must be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led activity they wish to attend.

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Fri, 06/03/2022
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 05/26/2022
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Saturday, June 4, 2022

National Trails Day Restoration

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Every year on the first Saturday in June, the American Hiking Society calls all public lands users together for a day of service in support of outdoor spaces we hold dear. This year, OC Parks will answer that call with a family friendly habitat restoration project at Upper Newport Bay. Activities will include watering native plants and removing invasive weeds.

Gloves, drinking water, and tools will be provided.

Rain or heat advisory will cancel the event.

Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times.

Walk-in’s welcome, but space is limited so registration is suggested.

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

National Trails Day Restoration
Date:
Sat, 06/04/2022
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
88 of 100
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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Restoration Day – Watering at Peters Canyon

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Lend a helping hand to help improve native habitat in Peters Canyon Regional Park. Dedicate the morning to seasonally appropriate restoration, such as planting native shrubs that will encourage the local wildlife to thrive, watering recently planted natives, or weeding restoration plots. Bring strong gardening gloves, trail snacks and water, and wear sun protection and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in.

Please contact Resource Specialist Kelley Brugmann with any questions at 714-923-6625 or Kelley.Brugmann@ocparks.com

Restoration Day - Watering at Peters Canyon
Date:
Sun, 06/05/2022
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
9 of 20
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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

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Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

Please join IRC staff and volunteers as we work along the Dripping Springs trail.  Spend the morning working through grassland, coastal sage scrub and woodland habitats and then hike to Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face. Your work on the trail will benefit the rare plants and animals that this unique feature supports!

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Dripping Springs Trail Restoration
Date:
Tue, 06/07/2022
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 05/30/2022
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Friday, June 10, 2022

It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

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It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

Looking for a way to give back to Nature this summer? Come help us behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! We will be harvesting seeds from beautiful native plants, like Sage and Cliff Aster. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required! 

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 2 activity. Activities may include bending, stooping, crouching, squatting, long periods of standing, reaching, pulling, grabbing, and pushing.

Please note our Minors Policy for all public activities: All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their respective parent or legal guardian. Both parent and their accompanying minor(s) must be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led activity they wish to attend.

It's Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Fri, 06/10/2022
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Native Seed Farm COI
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/02/2022
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