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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Explore Limestone Canyon: Geology of the Canyon

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Explore Limestone Canyon: Geology of the Canyon

Join us on a moderate-paced hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This month we will have a guided, geology based, hike that is a 9-mile distance, and 800′ elevation gain. Chat with your naturalist as you learn about the formation of The Sinks, an iconic geological formation often compared to a mini-Grand Canyon for Orange County as well as other geologic features of the canyon.

All participants must carry their own water! Please come prepared with a sturdy day pack (please see Trail Tips), plenty of water (recommended 70 oz), snacks, sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail.

After our trek, you are welcome to enjoy the trails during Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon.

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

Explore Limestone Canyon: Geology of the Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/02/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Our Magnificent Oaks Interpretive Walk

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Our Magnificent Oaks Interpretive Walk

Do the majestic oak trees that reside in our local wild lands fascinate you? Would you like to know more about them, their survival techniques and the relationships they have with the wildlife around them? Then come out on this easy walk while we observe and learn about the wonderful oaks in our ecosystem. This will be an easy, highly interpretive program. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

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

Our Magnificent Oaks Interpretive Walk
Date:
Sat, 12/02/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Wildlife Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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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, 12/02/2017
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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Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

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Full Moon Hike: Bommer Canyon

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in the open space when the sun goes down, then sign up for the popular full moon hike. Experience the serenity of a moonlit night in Bommer Canyon. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

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: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/02/2017
Time:
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Full Moon Hike: Hicks Haul Road

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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:
Sun, 12/03/2017
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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Monday, December 4, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Discover Hidden Canyons of OC: Round Canyon

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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Discover Hidden Canyons of OC: Round 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 or rising rocky outcrops. Come take a stroll along the trails to discover the hidden gems of Orange County. We will listen to tales 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 proper sun protection and water.

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

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Discover Hidden Canyons of OC: Round Canyon
Date:
Mon, 12/04/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED due to Fire: Discover Hidden Canyons: Weir Canyon

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CANCELLED due to Fire: 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 or rising rocky outcrops. Come take a stroll along the trails to discover the hidden gems of Orange County. We will listen to tales 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 proper sun protection and water.

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

CANCELLED due to Fire: Discover Hidden Canyons: Weir Canyon
Date:
Mon, 12/04/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Habitat Recovery and the Ecology of Fire

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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Habitat Recovery and the Ecology of Fire

The Canyon 2 Fire burned through Gypsum and Weir Canyons, through Santiago Oaks and Irvine Regional Parks and far into Peters Canyon Park. The fire destroyed or damaged many homes and burned over 9000 acres of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub habitat. The people and communities that were affected by the fire will be recovering for some time.  Much of the burned area is within County of Orange parkland and much of that is managed by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. The Conservancy is monitoring the post-fire habitat in order to understand and assist in the healthy recovery of these important places. This period of recovery offers  opportunity for people to view and learn about the effects of fire on the plants and animals that inhabit these lands. This program provides a chance for you to experience the burned area up close and learn how  we can ensure a healthy recovery of the native flora and fauna.

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

You are able to register yourself and one guest for this special fire related activity.

 

 

 

 

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Habitat Recovery and the Ecology of Fire
Date:
Sat, 12/09/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon

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.

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/09/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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Friends Tour

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Friends Tour

In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, meet at the Vista Point- the lookout at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive where you will join a Naturalist on a tour between outdoor classrooms featuring Birds, Plants, Marine Life, Geology and Native Americans set up along Back Bay Drive. Tours depart from the lookout at 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 AM. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Friends Tour
Date:
Sat, 12/09/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Family Hike: Black Star Canyon

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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Family Hike: Black Star Canyon

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Black Star Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles round trip at 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. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening.

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

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Family Hike: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/09/2017
Time:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Led by Sea & Sage Audubon Society in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, this free monthly bird walk is a great way to learn more about the wonderful world of birds. Discover a diversity of birds with expert birders as we explore the freshwater ponds, San Diego Creek, butterfly garden, and riparian areas of the beautiful 300 acre San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. We will look for a variety of resident birds as well as the numerous migrants who come to the Marsh. Open to all ages who are interested in bird-watching; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately for a walk around open water. For further information or directions, go to www.seaandsageaudubon.org, or contact the Audubon House Volunteer at 949-261-7963. There is no registration required.

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sun, 12/10/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
More Information  

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Led by Sea & Sage Audubon Society in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, this free monthly bird walk is a great way to learn more about the wonderful world of birds. Discover a diversity of birds with expert birders as we explore the freshwater ponds, San Diego Creek, butterfly garden, and riparian areas of the beautiful 300 acre San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. We will look and listen for migrating warblers, waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors. We’ll enjoy resident birds like egrets & herons. Open to all ages who are interested in bird-watching; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately for a walk around open water. For further information or directions, go to http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org”>www.seaandsageaudubon.org, or contact the Audubon House Volunteer at 949-261-7963. There is no registration required.

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sun, 12/10/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
More Information  

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Led by Sea & Sage Audubon Society in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Water District, this free monthly bird walk is a great way to learn more about the wonderful world of birds. Discover a diversity of birds with expert birders as we explore the freshwater ponds, San Diego Creek, butterfly garden, and riparian areas of the beautiful 300 acre San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. In spring, we will look and listen for migrating warblers, swallows, flycatchers, orioles, shorebirds and more. We will also watch for nesting behavior of ducks, shorebirds, and raptors. Open to all ages who are interested in bird-watching; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately for a walk around open water. For further information or directions, go to www.seaandsageaudubon.org, or contact the Audubon House Volunteer at 949-261-7963. There is no registration required.

Bird Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Date:
Sun, 12/10/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Fremont Geology Hike

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CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Fremont Geology Hike

Join us on this interpretative hike to learn about the geologic evolution of Orange County, as well as historic mining activities of the county . We’ll hike up to our turnaround point, the Fremont Weather Station, where winds are sometimes clocked at up to 100 mph, and then stop by the site of an abandoned coal mine as we return to our starting point.

This challenging hike includes steep hills with an 1100-foot elevation change, but you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and the Cleveland National Forest.

Please come prepared with a sturdy day pack, water, snacks, closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail.

All participants must carry their own day pack and water and be comfortable hiking an average moving pace of 3 miles per hour. Please make sure you bring a minimum of 70 oz. (2 quarts) of water.

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 Weather: Fremont Geology Hike
Date:
Sun, 12/10/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Guided Nature Hike

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CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Guided Nature Hike

Join us on an easy 2-mile hike through the amazing Santiago Creek watershed as we watch for raptors, birds, and other wildlife. Along the way, you will learn about some of the animals and plants that call the park home.

Our experienced docent will uncover historical relics and talk about the surrounding Santa Ana mountain landscape. Please meet at the nature center where the hike will begin with a short indoor presentation about all things Santiago Oaks.

CANCELLED Santiago Oaks Guided Nature Hike
Date:
Sun, 12/10/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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