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, February 21, 2016

Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Afternoon Photo Tour

Interpretive

Join us on a backcountry wilderness tour filled with great sightseeing, photographic, and sketching opportunities. Our journey begins in the afternoon, at the foot of Santiago Dam and Irvine Lake, where you will board 4-wheel drive vehicles for an 11-to-17 mile tour of the hills surrounding Fremont Canyon.
We will stop frequently for 15-30 minutes or so to admire the views, take photos, sketch landscapes, and answer questions. From various vantage points (2,400 ft. elevation), you will view Lake Irvine, Orange County, Catalina Island (on a clear day), Los Angeles, Chino Hills and the San Bernardino Mountains.
 When not admiring the vistas, enjoy interesting rock formations, the wilderness setting, and rare Tecate Cypress. Depending on the season, fields of wildflowers will also present themselves.

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

Journey to the Middle of Nowhere and Back: Afternoon Photo Tour
Date:
Sun, 02/21/2016
Time:
1:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Fremont Loop

Mountain Biking

Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this fast-paced advanced ride.  Fremont Canyon remains one of the most wild places in Orange County, with a diversity of rare plants and animals, and this ride includes natural trail hazards such as sand, tree roots, ruts, and exposed rocks.  PLEASE NOTE: there are multiple very steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 3,500 feet over 19 miles.  This hard ride is for expert adult-only riders in excellent physical condition who will be rewarded with the remote wonders of Fremont Canyon.

Please review the Difficulty Ratings to help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-5 activity on the land.

Advanced  Mountain Bike Ride Fremont Loop
Date:
Sat, 02/27/2016
Time:
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
19 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Interpretive

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion 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 for older children and adults.

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

Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 02/27/2016
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Irvine Lake View Hike

Interpretive
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Hike with us up the east side of Fremont Canyon to arrive at a stunning view of  Irvine Lake.  This is not a cardio-hike; although there are some steep areas which are challenging. Our pace will be moderate with stops to look at the views, the blooming flowers, and catch our breath. This is an out and back hike on a dirt fire road. Distance is about 6 miles. With luck, we shall have wildflowers in bloom and a great discussion on the history of the area.

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

Irvine Lake View Hike
Date:
Sun, 02/28/2016
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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