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, December 4, 2015

Loop Hike: Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Join us for a brisk morning hike in the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.  This loop hike is for physically fit hikers who relish the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.  The hike offers sweeping views of Orange County, the Santa Ana Mountains, and surrounding mountain ranges.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

Loop Hike: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 12/04/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Stewardship
First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully

Birds and other wildlife need healthy habitat to thrive. Simple things like weeding and sowing seed of 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. 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.

First Friday Habitat Restoration in Buck Gully
Date:
Fri, 12/04/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Autumn Bird Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

Love birds, but need help with identification?  Join Crystal Cove State Park birders on a guided autumn bird walk on both the inland and coastal areas of the park on Saturday, December 5, at 8 a.m.

Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)  $15 day use fee

Autumn Bird Walk
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. The class will be followed by an easy 2-mile hike on level terrain. We will cover boots, day packs, poles, clothing and the ten most essential items to have in your pack. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Shady Canyon Singletrack Improvement

Trail Work
Shady Canyon Singletrack Improvement

Join us for a morning in City of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve as we improve some of Shady Canyon’s single track trails. Our main tasks will be repairing drainage structures. This work will help keep the trails sustainable for the surrounding habitat and enjoyable for users.

The day’s activities will include a 3 mile round trip hike on some of Irvine’s finest single track trails. No previous trail work experience necessary … just the desire to work outdoors and get dirty!

Tools, gloves & light snacks will be provided. Please wear sturdy work shoes or boots, long pants, sun protection, & a hat. A small back pack is handy to carry water, gloves & snacks.

Shady Canyon Singletrack Improvement
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Special Events
Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Start your weekend off by exploring the endless opportunities found throughout magnificent Limestone Canyon. 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 from easy one-hour walks to strenuous 15-mile cardio treks. Whether traveling by feet, hooves or wheels, Wilderness Access Day in Limestone Canyon is a treasure waiting to be discovered by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers alike.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Come experience Limestone Canyon’s beauty from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided access hiking, biking, and equestrian use during Wilderness Access Day in Limestone Canyon. Equestrian riders who have trail riding experience with a fit and able horse will enjoy the historic ranch roads of days gone by. Take in the awe-inspiring vistas from the mighty ridge tops and drink in the cool canyon shade through the oak grove.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk

Interpretive
Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk

Join an exploratory hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon. This month on the guided walk, we will offer an introductory tracking hike along Shoestring Single Track Trail. Discover the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, its history and nature along this refreshing 2-mile hike.

Review the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike

Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully, for the first mile and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour.

PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. If you are susceptible to poison oak, please plan accordingly.

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

 

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Buck Gully Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Family Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Hiking & Fitness

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3.

Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
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19th Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar

Special Events
Special Events

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting the 19th Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar starting at 10am on Saturday, December 5. Santa will arrive in the Historic District of Crystal Cove State Park at 4pm and the tree lighting will take place at sunset. Enjoy authentic vintage décor and a holiday gift bazaar.  Hot cocoa & cookies will be provided by The Beachcomber Café.  Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

19th Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar
Date:
Sat, 12/05/2015
Time:
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon

Mountain Biking
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon

We start our ride on the paved Hicks Haul Road, the extension of Jeffrey Rd north of Portola Pkwy. As we warm up on the climb to the top of the road, we enjoy increasingly beautiful views over Irvine. We then follow Loma Ridge to the East, with fantastic vistas of Orange County, the surrounding wildlands, and even Catalina Island on clear days. From Loma Ridge we fly down into Limestone Canyon and then visit the Sinks, Orange County’s own “Grand Canyon.”

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land.

After a snack break on the viewing deck, we continue to the Box Springs, which provides year round water for wildlife like deer. Oak trees provide shade and acorns, which the Indians used to grind into acorn meal. We can still find traces of their work. On our way back, we ride down on Limestone Ridge, a fun singletrack that leads us towards the Augustine Staging area, enjoying views of Saddleback and Santiago Canyon. From there we will follow the Shoestring Trail to climb back up to Loma Ridge, and then coast back down on the paved Hicks Haul Road to our starting point.

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/06/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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YIKING

Hiking & Fitness
YIKING

Hiking combined with outdoor yoga adds a unique dimension to your fitness experience and yoga practice. YIKING allows the spirit to link with the natural environment. The rigorous cardio hike meanders around an avocado orchard on the edge of the open space preserve followed by a  steep ascent and descent to and from West Loma Ridge through Changala’s Pass. The hike distance will be about 4 miles, making your muscles more pliable, enhancing the yoga stretches. YIKING invokes a sense of harmony and flow, as you breathe deeply, refreshing your mind, body and spirit— all in a location with sweeping views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline.

All participants must bring a yoga mat and carry it along on the hike to the hillside yoga site. Please wear clothes comfortable to stretch in. Hiking poles and sun protection are encouraged.

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

 

YIKING
Date:
Sun, 12/06/2015
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Orchard Hills
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

Interpretive
Interpretive

Summer is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature.  Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, December 6 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)

$15 day-use fee. See additional Family Hike programs in November here.

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
Date:
Sun, 12/06/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Protect Wildflowers and Wildlife in Agua Chinon Canyon

Stewardship
Stewardship

While enjoying the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of Agua Chinon located in Limestone Canyon, your help is needed to remove aggressive weeds that threaten to overtake new sensitive native plantings. Your contributions will give wildflowers room to grow and your efforts will have a lasting impact on the landscape and the wildlife which depend on it. Participants will learn the names of common weeds and native plants, view wildlife, and enjoy a rarely visited scenic vista overlooking the Sinks, Orange County’s very own miniature Grand Canyon! This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

All tools and training, including plant identification, will be provided. Expect a challenging and unique workout experience as this event will include bending, kneeling and walking across slopes and uneven terrain. Sturdy footwear is recommended. There is a lot of area to cover and many wildflowers to save so your assistance is greatly appreciated. Hope you can join us!

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

 

Protect Wildflowers and Wildlife in Agua Chinon Canyon
Date:
Sun, 12/06/2015
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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