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Friday, September 13, 2024

Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm

Looking for a way to give back to Nature this Spring? Come help us behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! Every day at the farm is different; depending on the needs of the farm we will be harvesting seeds from beautiful native plants, planting new seeds in the annual plots, working in our native plant demo garden, or tending to younger seedlings in our nursery.

Working with us at the Native Seed Farm is a great way to grow your community and cultivate knowledge about local plant and wildlife! Absolutely no experience or special equipment required! 

Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Fri, 09/13/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 12:00am on 08/29/2024
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Open Space Invaders: Invasive Plant Removal at Santiago Creek

Stewardship
Open Space Invaders: Invasive Plant Removal at Santiago Creek

Non-native and invasive plant species are invading our native habitat and open spaces. They aggressively compete with our native plants for resources and spreads rapidly once established. Monitoring, management, and removal of these plant species is an important aspect of land management and habitat restoration.

Help us to manage populations of invasive plants and remove them from the habitat. No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to work outside and get dirty! Snake chaps, gloves, and tools will be provided but please feel free to bring your own if you have them. Please wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, close toed shoes, and protective sun protection. Note: This is a wilderness area, there are natural hazards. Snakes, including rattlesnakes, are occasionally seen here.

Open Space Invaders: Invasive Plant Removal at Santiago Creek
Date:
Fri, 09/13/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/29/2024
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Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill

Enjoy an easy two mile hike to warm up your legs before experiencing a gentle flow yoga practice in nature. The hike is highlighted with views of Irvine, the Tustin blimp hangars and a seasonal pond. The yoga is suitable for those with little or no experience, slower in pace and gentle in practice. Our focus on breath calms the nervous system and has positive effects on mental, emotional and physical health. If you have never done a yoga hike before you will be surprised how connected you feel to nature. Please bring water, your own yoga mat plus a large beach towel, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking on trails.

Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill
Date:
Fri, 09/13/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/29/2024
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Summer Bat Walk

Interpretive
Interpretive

As the day starts to settle into night at OC Parks Yorba Regional Park, bats awaken, stir and streak into the evening sky. Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammals. We will walk along the lake and turn into a forested area where we will watch our nighttime heroes begin their nightly adventures. This program is ideal to visually observe the bats in flight. Be prepared to walk about 1/2 mile. A camping chair brought from home or a seat at a picnic table is welcome as we will spend some time learning about bats before heading out on our bat walk. Please wear closed-toed shoes and assess the evening weather in case you want to bring a light jacket.

Summer Bat Walk
Date:
Fri, 09/13/2024
Time:
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Where:
Yorba Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
6
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 12:00am on 08/08/2024
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Saturday, September 14, 2024

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone

Hiking & Fitness
Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning cardio hike in Limestone Canyon, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings.  This is an 8 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5+ hours, includes a 1000+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. This hike is much faster than a regular walking hike. We average four (4) miles per hour fast-paced and is extremely difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting.

Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 9:30 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/30/2024
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Restoration Day: Weeding

Stewardship
Restoration Day: Weeding

*This program will begin outside the Peters Canyon Regional Park Ranger Station and will proceed to the restoration site.*

Calling all weed warriors! Lend a helping hand to help improve native habitat in Peters Canyon Regional Park. Dedicate the morning to weeding current and future restoration sites and help our native plants and shrubs thrive. 

Strong gardening gloves, trail snacks, water, sun protection and wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty are highly recommended.

Program and parking are free. Parking passes will be made available to volunteers at check-in. Be prepared to hike a moderate distance to the restoration site with tools.

Advance registration required.

For questions, please contact resource specialist Shelly Marshall at (714) 973-6625 or shelly.marshall@ocparks.com.

Restoration Day: Weeding
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 12:00am on 08/14/2024
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Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm

Looking for a way to give back to Nature this Spring? Come help us behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! Every day at the farm is different; depending on the needs of the farm we will be harvesting seeds from beautiful native plants, planting new seeds in the annual plots, working in our native plant demo garden, or tending to younger seedlings in our nursery.

Working with us at the Native Seed Farm is a great way to grow your community and cultivate knowledge about local plant and wildlife! Absolutely no experience or special equipment required! 

Growing Together at the Native Seed Farm
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 12:00am on 08/31/2024
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Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day – Willow

Stewardship
Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day – Willow

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in beautiful Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and help maintain the nursery. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers!

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org/events is required for this event. No walk-ups. Register here.
Each participant must register individually. For group registration or questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.
Group sizes will be minimized for safety purposes.
Participants must be at least 16 years old and those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A waiver, provided on arrival, must be signed by each participant at the start of the program.
Please wear long pants, closed- toed shoes and sun protection, and bring water.
In an effort to protect all employees, volunteers, and participants, please do not attend if you are not feeling well, have symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone who was ill.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). You must arrive by 8 am.

Parking: Free for nursery volunteers – a pass will be provided upon arrival. Park and walk up the gravel trail 100 yards to get to the small native plant nursery, just before the trailers.

Please note: Wet or muddy trail conditions may lead to cancellation of this event.

Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Day – Willow
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
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Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon/East Sinks

Mountain Biking
Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon/East Sinks

Enjoy the relaxation of riding in the wilderness on empty trails. Join us on this docent-led mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon, part of OCParks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. We will visit the East Viewing Platform for a panoramic view of the geological feature call The Sinks. The route to The Sinks will include a fun downhill ride on the Dripping Springs single track. The return route will take us on the Limestone Ridge single track with views of Limestone Canyon, Santiago Canyon and the Santa Ana Mountains.

This is a slow-paced ride designed for the beginner that has experience riding fire roads such as Limestone Canyon or Telegraph Canyon but wants to develop their climbing and riding abilities. The ride can also be enjoyed by more advanced riders looking for a relaxed ride in a beautiful setting.

Slow-paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon/East Sinks
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
11 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/30/2024
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Wilderness Access Day: Gypsum Canyon Wilderness

Hiking & Fitness
Wilderness Access Day: Gypsum Canyon Wilderness

Access is first come first served until parking capacity is reached. No registration required.

Equestrians, while space is not guaranteed we encourage you to please email irvineranchopenspace@ocparks.com to coordinate parking.

Come explore 6 miles of new trails at Gypsum Canyon Wilderness through this self-guided opportunity.

Located within OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, Gypsum Canyon Wilderness features seven new trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Two lookout points offer sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and unique prehistoric rock formations. Multiple loop options that vary in distance and range from easy to moderate in difficulty are available for self-guided exploration.

Gypsum Canyon Wilderness is comprised of protected and preserved native habitats that a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, red-tailed hawks, California gnatcatchers and bobcats, call home.

Rain or inclement weather will cancel the program.

Gypsum Canyon Wilderness is located at 390 South Gypsum Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92887.

Please review our Trail Tips page and FAQ page to prepare for your experience in the wilderness area.

Wilderness Access Day: Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:
Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Yiking Red Rock Wilderness

Hiking & Fitness
Yiking Red Rock Wilderness

Enjoy a 3+ mile hike and gentle yoga practice in beautiful Red Rock Wilderness Area. The hike will traverse through part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, with an elevation gain of approximately 500′, and will be a nice warm up for a gentle morning yoga flow under a shaded canopy of trees. Please bring water, your own yoga mat and large beach towel. Mats will not be provided; mats will remain in your car while hiking. Closed-toe shoes, water, hats and sunscreen recommended for the hike, sandals to change into after yoga.

Yiking Red Rock Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Red Rock Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
13
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/30/2024
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Backyard Bugs – Aliso & Wood Canyons

Interpretive
Backyard Bugs – Aliso & Wood Canyons

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Planet Earth and make up 80% of all known species. There are more kinds of bugs than all the other types of animals combined! Join us on a family friendly trek around Aliso and Wood Canyons to learn all about these amazing animals who have perfected the art of ecological specialization. Insects may have a reputation for being icky, but in fact, they are essential pollinators who are needed to sustain life on our Planet.

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

Minors aged 18 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.
Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and water.
Online reservations required. No walk-ups. Register here.
Each participant must register individually, including children. For group registration or questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.
The program is free.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Nature Center (28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677).

Parking: $3

Rain or muddy conditions will cancel the program.

Backyard Bugs – Aliso & Wood Canyons
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Family Hike: Red Rocks/Black Star Canyon

Interpretive
Family Hike: Red Rocks/Black Star Canyon

Enjoy an afternoon family hike in Black Star Canyon, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a dry creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3-4 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.

Family Hike: Red Rocks/Black Star Canyon
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
5
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/30/2024
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Sunset Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road: Both Sides of Loma Ridge

Hiking & Fitness
Sunset Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road: Both Sides of Loma Ridge

You will enjoy a gorgeous sunset with panoramic views of Orange County while hiking in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike travels 6 miles, out and back crossing over Loma Ridge. This is the perfect activity for you to get your work-out in and view the sunset. The hike is conducted at an average pace of 3 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level. Because of the paved surface of the road, you may wear regular running or walking shoes. Trail shoes are fine, but not required. Please bring adequate water.

Sunset Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road: Both Sides of Loma Ridge
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/30/2024
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Bats: Heroes of the Night

Interpretive
Bats: Heroes of the Night

As the day starts to settle into the night in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, bats awaken, stir and streak into the evening sky. Come hear fascinating tales of our flying mammal. We will head out towards a popular roosting location as we watch our nighttime heroes begin their nightly adventures. This program is ideal to visually observe the bats in flight, though bat detectors are available to listen for their high-frequency calls. Be prepared to walk about 1/2 a mile. Dress warmly as it may be a chilly evening. A camping chair is welcome as we will have a short introductory presentation in the staging area before the walk.

Bats: Heroes of the Night
Date:
Sat, 09/14/2024
Time:
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
5
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/30/2024
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Sunday, September 15, 2024

Intro to Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Hiking & Fitness
Intro to Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop

Thinking the cardio hikes might be too fast for you? If so, join us in beautiful Weir Canyon for this slower introduction to cardio hiking. Along the trail, you’ll pass through coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and oak woodlands where deer and bobcats are frequently observed. We will take breaks as needed but will try to keep a 2.5 mile per hour pace and will go 4 miles and around 900 ft elevation gain.

Intro to Cardio Hike: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop
Date:
Sun, 09/15/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
4 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/31/2024
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Limestone Canyon – Weekend Hike to Both Sides of the Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
Limestone Canyon - Weekend Hike to Both Sides of the Sinks

Join us on this moderate-paced hike over the ridge and the through beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. We will enjoy short breaks at the East and West Sinks viewing platforms before hiking back through the canyon. We will enjoy a view of wonderful vistas in addition to spectacular view of The Sinks. This hike involves hiking on both double and single-track trails with an elevation gain of 1000.

Limestone Canyon - Weekend Hike to Both Sides of the Sinks
Date:
Sun, 09/15/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
5
Distance:
10 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/31/2024
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Landtending with LCF – Berns Canyon Preserve

Stewardship
Landtending with LCF – Berns Canyon Preserve

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our Land Tending Days in Berns Canyon Preserve as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy!

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org/events is required for this event. No walk-ups. Register here.
Each participant must register individually. For group registration or questions, please email Marjorie Rhodes at marjorie@lagunacanyon.org.
Group sizes will be minimized for safety purposes.
Participants must be at least 16 years old and those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A waiver, provided on arrival, must be signed by each participant at the start of the program.
Please wear long pants, closed- toed shoes and sun protection, and bring water.
In an effort to protect all employees, volunteers, and participants, please do not attend if you are not feeling well, have symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone who was ill.

Location: Volunteers will be meeting at Laguna Canyon Foundation Headquarters (10 Phillips St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651).

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!

Please note: Wet or muddy trail conditions may lead to cancellation of this event.

Landtending with LCF – Berns Canyon Preserve
Date:
Sun, 09/15/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
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Let’s Go Hiking!

Hiking & Fitness
Let’s Go Hiking!

This program is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven.This program will begin at the Willow Staging Area. Willow Canyon Staging area is located along the 133, south of El Toro Road, and across the street from Anneliese School: 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. We will meet in the parking lot.

Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes.

This program is for ages 15 and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Online reservations are required. Please register all participants, including children. Register here.

The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Rain or muddy conditions will cancel the program.

For questions, email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.

Let’s Go Hiking!
Date:
Sun, 09/15/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
15
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Monday, September 16, 2024

Hike from “Gills to the Hills” – Crystal Cove Perimeter of the Park

Hiking & Fitness
Hike from "Gills to the Hills" - Crystal Cove Perimeter of the Park

Ready for a challenging hike to tour the Crystal Cove State Park backcountry? Join a Crystal Cove State Park docent as we go from the “gills to the hills” on this strenuous but very scenic loop hike known as the “Perimeter of the Park.” Distance is around 9 miles; elevation/gain loss, around 1500’. The hike is done at a moderate pace with two to three short breaks.

Hike from "Gills to the Hills" - Crystal Cove Perimeter of the Park
Date:
Mon, 09/16/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
4
Minimum Age:
16
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