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, October 7, 2017

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Special Events
Limestone canyon trail users

Please note: Pre-Registration for this event is required for this event.  Pre-Registration will open on September 6, 2017 and close on October 6, 2017. 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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/07/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
limestone equestrian horses

Please note: Pre-Registration is now required due to limited parking capacity. 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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 10/07/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Exploring Limestone Canyon: Dripping Springs Loop

Interpretive
dripping springs trail

Please note: Pre-Registration for this event is required for this event.                              Pre-Registration will open on September 6, 2017 and close on October 6, 2017. Join us on a moderate-paced hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This month we will […]

Exploring Limestone Canyon: Dripping Springs Loop
Date:
Sat, 10/07/2017
Time:
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Exploring Bommer: All About Kids Family Hike

Interpretive

Hey kids, bring your parents out to this fun, guided hike in the wilderness south of Irvine. We’ll search for animal clues left along the trail and discover what it’s like to be a wild animal kid. This is a short, easy hike suitable for the younger members of the family. Parent(s) or guardian must […]

Exploring Bommer: All About Kids Family Hike
Date:
Sat, 10/21/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
4
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

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 […]

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.
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
horse horses

Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use, where you can reach several peeks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks through the thick chaparral brush. Riders […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
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:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Exploring Black Star: Debunking Its Haunted History

Interpretive

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 […]

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.
More Information  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 11/18/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Introduction to the Outdoors: Using Taxonomy in Nature

Interpretive

Have you ever wanted to know the name of a plant or animal on a hike? Come join us on a slow paced hike in beautiful Bommer Canyon as an IRC volunteer will teach you how to use materials such as a dichotomous key to help ID a plant or animal. This is an introductory […]

Introduction to the Outdoors: Using Taxonomy in Nature
Date:
Sat, 11/18/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Special Events
Limestone canyon trail users

Please note: Pre-Registration for this event is required for this event. Pre-Registration will open on November 1, 2017 and close on December 1, 2017. 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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/02/2017
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.
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
limestone equestrian horses

Please note: Pre-Registration is now required due to limited parking capacity. 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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 12/02/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Explore Limestone Canyon: Geology of the Canyon

Interpretive

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 […]

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.
More Information  

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 12/16/2017
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Exploring Bommer: Life on the Ranch

Interpretive

Come explore the newly renovated corral in Bommer Canyon. We’ll walk along the recently built path and discover what life was like on the ranch, when cowboys and cattle roamed the hills, and round-ups occurred in the Cattle Camp. We’ll also see what the present and future hold for this historic site in the open […]

Exploring Bommer: Life on the Ranch
Date:
Sat, 12/16/2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

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 […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 01/06/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian

Equestrian
horse horses

Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use, where you can reach several peeks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks through the thick chaparral brush. Riders […]

Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
Date:
Sat, 01/06/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
16
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Explore Black Star Canyon: Birding in the Meadow

Interpretive
acorn woodpecker bird

Join a nature talk in the beautiful Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park. This month on the guided talk, we will offer an exploration of the birds that the Baker Meadow home. This will be a 2 mile out and back hike with 300 feet elevation. From the vibrant yellow-rumped warbler to the chatty acorn woodpecker, there are many […]

Explore Black Star Canyon: Birding in the Meadow
Date:
Sat, 01/06/2018
Time:
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Special Events

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required […]

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
Date:
Sat, 01/20/2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where:
Bommer Canyon
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Distance:
Variable
Minimum Age:
n/a
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
More Information  
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