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.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs

Stewardship
dripping springs trail

Connect with nature and give back to the land as we assist native plants and wildlife flourish in an extremely sensitive area of Limestone Canyon Preserve. You will ride through the canyon in a safari-type vehicle to the Dripping Springs Trail where you may water or add native plants. In addition we will give existing native plants room to thrive as we weed out invasive plants. As a bonus we will hike approximately 2 miles round-trip to Dripping Springs; a fern-covered rock face dripping with life-giving water creating an essential watering hole for wildlife in the canyon. Your work along this trail will not only benefit the plants and animals, but you will be supporting its continued beautification and protection.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 3 activity. The hike is a Level 2 Difficulty Rating.

CANCELLED due to Fire Weather: Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs
Date:
Thu, 11/08/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park

Stewardship
Stewardship

Help improve native habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park by removing non-native invasive plants, which steal light, water and nutrients from native species. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, light snacks, and gloves, and wear a hat and closed-toe shoes.

3rd Sunday Restoration Day at Peters Canyon Regional Park
Date:
Sun, 11/18/2018
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs

Stewardship
dripping springs trail

Connect with nature and give back to the land as we assist native plants and wildlife flourish in an extremely sensitive area of Limestone Canyon Preserve. You will ride through the canyon in a safari-type vehicle to the Dripping Springs Trail where you may water or add native plants. In addition we will give existing native plants room to thrive as we weed out invasive plants. As a bonus we will hike approximately 2 miles round-trip to Dripping Springs; a fern-covered rock face dripping with life-giving water creating an essential watering hole for wildlife in the canyon. Your work along this trail will not only benefit the plants and animals, but you will be supporting its continued beautification and protection.

Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 3 activity. The hike is a Level 2 Difficulty Rating.

CANCELLED due to Trail Conditions: Give Back and Enjoy the Beauty: Dripping Springs
Date:
Thu, 12/06/2018
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Monday, December 10, 2018

Santiago Oaks Stewardship

Stewardship

Leave your park better than you found it! Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff during monthly habitat stewardship activities at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, aimed at keeping the park’s habitat healthy. Identified in collaboration with the Park Rangers that patrol the trails everyday, stewardship projects can include planting to combat the effects of hiking, biking and riding off-trail, removing invasive plant species that threaten to crowd out the diversity of native plants, and more!

No previous experience is needed, however please note that we may be hiking up steep trails.

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

Santiago Oaks Stewardship
Date:
Mon, 12/10/2018
Time:
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Citizen Science: Invasive Control – Silverado/ Santiago Creek

Stewardship

Invasive Removal:

Below Irvine Lake, Santiago Creek is joined by Fremont Creek before flowing, often unseen, down a broad wash into Irvine Regional Park and beyond. Much work has been done over several years to eliminate the many invasive plants in this unique area. Join a motivated group that will sweep through the diverse landscape targeting a few clusters of fountain grass and castor bean that have re-sprouted while keeping an eye out for isolated plants that have been missed. The recent rains will make the work easier and we will enjoy walking through a great diversity of native plants greening up and flowering after the rain and fire as well as spotting the occasional fossil. We will try to move at a quick pace, but the route will cover irregular terrain with lots of river rock, sand and occasional muddy spots requiring careful walking. Tools, gloves, snake chaps and water are provided. Good, closed toe shoes or boots are required. We will begin and end at Lot 15 of Irvine Regional Park.

Citizen Science: Invasive Control - Silverado/  Santiago Creek
Date:
Tue, 02/05/2019
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join OC Parks staff and other volunteers in enhancing habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park! Activities may include planting native plants, watering, removing invasive plants, mulching, or weeding.

• No experience is necessary.
• Water will be provided.
• Tools will be available.
• Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.
• Rain or heat advisories will cancel the event.

Please Wear: long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a hat.
Please Bring: sunscreen, work gloves, reusable water container, and any tools you may have.

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event
Date:
Sun, 02/10/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Wildflowers of Upper Newport Bay

Interpretive
Interpretive

The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers” but in our case it really should be “January showers lead to flowers in February, March and April.” Come explore the bluffs above Upper Newport Bay and learn about all the different wildflowers which grow there. Participants will also learn how to identify some of the invasive weeds that can be found there. They may have pretty flowers, but the can cause major problems.

Participants can expect to walk 2-3 miles over uneven terrain.

Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event.

Registration required. For more information call (949) 923-2250 or email unbic@ocparks.com

Wildflowers of Upper Newport Bay
Date:
Sat, 03/16/2019 - Sun, 03/17/2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event

Stewardship
Stewardship

Join OC Parks staff and other volunteers in enhancing habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park! Activities may include planting native plants, watering, removing invasive plants, mulching, or weeding.

• No experience is necessary.
• Water will be provided.
• Tools will be available.
• Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.
• Rain or heat advisories will cancel the event.

Please Wear: long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a hat.
Please Bring: sunscreen, work gloves, reusable water container, and any tools you may have.

Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event
Date:
Sun, 04/07/2019
Time:
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  
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