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.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for all participants, volunteers, and employees. Certain offensive behaviors, including problematic language or attacks based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status will not be tolerated. Participating in certain offensive behaviors may lead to dismissal from activities.

 

    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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Friday, November 3, 2017

Black Star Canyon Equestrian Ride

Equestrian
Black Star Canyon Equestrian Ride
 Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Black Star  and Baker Canyons,   You will gain amazing views of the local canyons and Irvine Lake.

Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse.  They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area.

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

Black Star Canyon Equestrian Ride
Date:
Fri, 11/03/2017
Time:
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire: Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness
CANCELLED due to Fire: Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Are the regular cardio hikes a little too fast for you? If so, join us  in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower intro-to- cardio hike that incorporates a little more interpretation.  Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included during the 5 mile hike. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak and the Cleveland National Forest along the way.

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

CANCELLED due to Fire: Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
7:00 am - 8:30 am
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: OC MTB Fremont XC Race 17 miles

Mountain Biking
CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: OC MTB Fremont XC Race 17 miles

Come join us for a thrilling mountain bike race on a scenic and fun course. The 1 lap course is 17 miles on a fire-road. It is a fast and smooth course with steep inclines and descents. There is approximately 3805 feet of ascending and descending. This course is designed for the experienced mountain biker. Cash Purse for Expert entries and 1st in age group winners will receive an OC MTB cycling jersey! We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

Course Information:
The start/finish will be held out of Irvine Regional Park
Trail Description: fire roads & single track
Elevation gain and loss: 3805 ft
Aid at 6.8 miles and 11.2 miles

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: OC MTB Fremont XC Race 17 miles
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Minimum Age:
18
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Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks

Explore beautiful Limestone Canyon on this challenging fast-paced cardio hike. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. Multiple steep climbs and descents are included. Enjoy views of Saddleback Peak, the Cleveland National Forest and the Sinks along the way.

Remember, this cardio hike is much faster than a walk, and features a 1,600-foot elevation change and up to 10 miles. Experienced cardio hikers, that can hike uphill at an average pace of 3.5-to-4 mph without stopping, are welcome.  Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition!

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

Cardio Hike: Limestone Canyon and The Sinks
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

Special Events
Special Events

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families, and challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use by connecting various loops to offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minutes walks or take in 7+ miles in a strong cardio trek.

Parking is limited on Black Star Canyon Road and carpooling is strongly encouraged. All participants are requested to check-in and complete their registration at the Registration Booth prior to accessing the trail system. If you are found to be on the trails without a day use pass you will be immediately directed back to the staging area.

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Stewardship
CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Santiago Oaks Regional Park needs help in caring for its beautiful woodland gardens.
No experience is necessary. Training, tools and gloves will be provided. Duties and responsibilities will vary week to week and month to month.

CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Acorn Harvest Festival

Interpretive
Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Acorn Harvest Festival

Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as we celebrate different cultures together! We reflect on different cultures and celebrations sometimes highlighted  in a different language which will allow everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.

Autumn is the harvest of the season. Animals and local Native American tribes, Acjachemen and Tongva, flourished on the mighty oak’s acorn. Come hear tales of the importance of the acorn as we hike through Round Canyon’s oak grove. There are many things to be thankful for after a long hot summer and cool approaching winter. Let’s enjoy our harvest season when we learn about foods that come from native plants

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

Celebrate Cultures in Nature: Acorn Harvest Festival
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Earthcache Hike to East Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
Earthcache Hike to East Sinks

Come and hike with us to the East Sinks in Limestone Canyon, location of the Earthcache site — a special place people can visit to learn about unique aspects of the Earth — listed on www.geocaching.com. The cache is titled “The Sinks- Irvine Ranch Wildlands, GC1ZB6V.” This hike is open to existing geocachers, those curious about geocaching and non-geocachers alike. There will be as much time as needed spent at The Sinks so all geocachers can record their data and make their observations to confidently log their visit to this cache site.

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

Earthcache Hike to East Sinks
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Exploring Black Star: Debunking Its Haunted History

Interpretive
Exploring Black Star: Debunking Its Haunted History

Ever wonder about the spooky stories surrounding Black Star Canyon? Join us for a 3 mile, with 750′ elevation gain, guided hike where an IRC volunteer will help separate fact from fiction along the beautiful Silmod loop trail. Review the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings to help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-3 activity on the land.

Please come prepared for the hike with close toed shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat or sunglasses, and any medications that you will need to keep you safe on the trails.

After our talk, you are welcome to enjoy the trails during Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon.

Exploring Black Star: Debunking Its Haunted History
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Interpretive
Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Led by Sea and Sage Audubon in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, Wildlife Walks is a free monthly nature walk for all ages at the beautiful San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring your whole family to celebrate spring as you walk around the butterfly garden, deep ponds, and shallow ponds of the 300-acre freshwater San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Witness first-hand the interactions between plants and animals as you explore with all your senses under the guidance of our experienced naturalists. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water and sun protection for a walk around water. Come prepared to touch, smell, and hear nature throughout the seasons! Please go to www.seaandsageaudubon.org for further information, or speak with the Audubon House volunteer at 949-261-7963. There is no registration required.

Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Kayak Tour

Water
Kayak Tour

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Sunday. This is one of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay by getting out on the water. Kayaking in the Newport Beach Back Bay is fun and easy. Tours leaves from the Newport Aquatic Center at 10:00 am. They are great for both novices and experiences paddlers alike.

Kayak Tour
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

Interpretive
Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

Enjoy the trails under the full moon’s light! We will hike along the paved Hicks Haul Road, traveling through coastal sage scrub in this dark canyon’s interior. The hike will cover about 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace as we hike along our trail discussing the night sky.  Wear warm layers (as the canyon gets chilly at night) and sturdy shoes. Please bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. This program is for those that are interested in experiencing the trails after sunset and taking in the night sounds and smells along with the full moon’s glow!

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

Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Sat, 11/04/2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
CANCELLED due to Fire: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon

Ready for a workout, but not sure where to start? Join us for a fitness-focused hike in Weir Canyon. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands. The 5 to 5.5 mile hike is conducted at about 3 miles per hour over mainly level trails with opportunity to do one hill with elevation gain of approx. 450 ft.

Trail shoes are fine, but not required. Please bring adequate water!

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

CANCELLED due to Fire: Beginning Fitness Hike in Weir Canyon
Date:
Sun, 11/05/2017
Time:
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Stewardship
CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks

Help beautify Santiago Oaks Regional Park. On this day we will be planting Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens) and Bush Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus). The planting area will be along the side of the road leading to the parking lot. Due to the close proximity of traffic children younger than 16 years old is not recommended. All holes will be already dug. All you have to do is plant and water. No experience is necessary. Training, tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear closed toe and heel shoes. Bring a hat, water and sunblock.

There will be a short training video on planting technique.

CANCELLED Woodland Gardener at Santiago Oaks
Date:
Sun, 11/05/2017
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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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 descend on a single track to the Box Spring which provides year-round water for wildlife like deer.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-4 activity on the land. Electric Mountain Bikes of any class or type are not permitted.

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride from Irvine to Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sun, 11/05/2017
Time:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
16 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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Kayak Tour

Water
Kayak Tour

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Sunday. This is one of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay by getting out on the water. Kayaking in the Newport Beach Back Bay is fun and easy. Tours leaves from the Newport Aquatic Center at 10:00 am. They are great for both novices and experiences paddlers alike.

Kayak Tour
Date:
Sun, 11/05/2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill

Please join us at the Community Stewardship Native Plant Nursery located at the Quail Hill Trailhead in Irvine. This month, help us plant native species . We will be working along the Quail Hill Loop off of the trailhead parking lot. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native habitat – directly benefiting the local wildlife!

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

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill
Date:
Sun, 11/05/2017
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Art on the Landmarks: Painting in Limestone Canyon

Interpretive
Art on the Landmarks: Painting in Limestone Canyon
Dive into the amazing array of color of the canyons on this art in the park program. Bring along your paints, pens, pencils or pastels to create your own creation of the beautiful scenery around you. We will travel to an ideal location in a safari-type vehicle that meets the group’s needs for inspiration. Then, settle in and create your own masterpiece!
Art supplies are not included so please come with your own materials and your keen eye for creation!
Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-2 activity on the land.
Art on the Landmarks: Painting in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Mon, 11/06/2017
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tai Chi in the Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Tai Chi in the Canyon

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves and we will then learn and practice the Yang style.

The first hour will be dedicated to beginning students learning the first set and the second hour focuses on the advanced students to study the 2nd and 3rd sets.  All participants are welcome to either participate or observe both sessions as the gate will be closed for the 2 hour duration.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land.
Tai Chi in the Canyon
Date:
Mon, 11/06/2017
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill

Please join us at the Community Stewardship Native Plant Nursery located at the Quail Hill Trailhead in Irvine. This month, help us plant native species . We will be working along the Quail Hill Loop off of the trailhead parking lot. Your work at the nursery will help to enhance the native habitat – directly benefiting the local wildlife!

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

Native Plant Nursery at Quail Hill
Date:
Tue, 11/07/2017
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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