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Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Open Space Invaders: Invasive Plant Removal at Silverado

Stewardship
Open Space Invaders: Invasive Plant Removal at Silverado

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 Silverado
Date:
Wed, 08/14/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
0 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/30/2024
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After Work Cardio Hike Hangman’s Monument

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Cardio Hike Hangman's Monument

Join us for a strenuous, challenging, fast-paced, afternoon fitness hike starting in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings.

This is a 7.5 mile fitness hike, completed in 2.5 hours and includes a 1500 ft elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. There are no rest stops scheduled and the average 3.5 mile per hour pace can be difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting.

After Work Cardio Hike Hangman's Monument
Date:
Wed, 08/14/2024
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:
Loma Ridge Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
7.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/30/2024
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After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

Join us every Wednesday night in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County. This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge and back down. The hike is conducted at an average of 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level. Most participants finish the route in about 1 hour. 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.

After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Wed, 08/14/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/30/2024
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Perseids Meteor Hike at Saddleback Wilderness

Interpretive
Perseids Meteor Hike at Saddleback Wilderness

Come take a tour of the night sky under the year’s most spectacular meteor shower of the year (the Perseids Meteor Shower) while hiking in the Saddleback Wilderness, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. We will explore the importance of dark skies and the use of stars for navigation, by wildlife and our ancestors. Please dress in layers, bring water, and come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed-toed hiking shoes or boots, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail. Each participant should carry their own pack and water. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to this activity. All flashlights must have a red lens or red tinting.

Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-1 activity on the land. Please visit our FAQ page for answers to activity specific questions you may have prior to registering.

Perseids Meteor Hike at Saddleback Wilderness
Date:
Wed, 08/14/2024
Time:
7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Where:
Saddleback Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/30/2024
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Thursday, August 15, 2024

Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Hiking & Fitness
Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks

Come out and join us on a breathtaking hike from the Irvine Open Space Preserve into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This week’s docent-led hike begins in the Agua Chinon wash, continues to The Sinks, and may include a side trip to Box Springs, a natural year-round source of fresh water.

Maximum distance is just short of 8 miles, with some sustained climbing in one section. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and all other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space.

Thursday Morning Trek: Agua Chinon and The Sinks
Date:
Thu, 08/15/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/31/2024
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Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness
Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

This event is on August 15, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please disregard any other posted or emailed times from Let’s Go Outside.

Please be aware this is a Fitness Hike and not for beginners; the pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous, and fast-paced, 6.6-mile hike (1,100-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org 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.
Each individual adult must sign the liability waiver – provided by the lead volunteers – when they arrive at the event.
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.
Participants must bring plenty of water, closed-toed hiking shoes, and sun protection.
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: Ridge Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Meet at the end of Ridge Park Road/Trail Entrance.

Parking: Free.

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

Fitness Hike – Ridge Park
Date:
Thu, 08/15/2024
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
16
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Little Explorers: Decomposers!

Interpretive
Little Explorers: Decomposers!

This event is on August 15, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please disregard any other posted or emailed times from Let’s Go Outside.

Join OC Park Naturalists for story time and short hike with your little ones (ages 3-6) as we explore ! Our theme of the month is decomposers! We will be looking at bugs!
This program is for ages 3-6. Please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water.

Advance registration required. Please register all particpants- including children. Learn more and register here..

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

Rain or muddy conditions will cancel the program.

For questions, please email shelbi.richardson@ocparks.com.

Little Explorers: Decomposers!
Date:
Thu, 08/15/2024
Time:
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
3
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Preschool Paleontology: Art & Storytime

Interpretive
Preschool Paleontology: Art & Storytime

Listen to a story about our amazing ancient Earth, make a craft, visit the Interpretive Center, and enjoy a morning at Clark Park. This month we will dig in to the fascinating world of rocks and minerals! Activities are designed for ages 2-5 but all are welcome.

We will meet on the lawn between Lot A and the Interpretive Center.

Space is limited; parents must register themselves and each child. Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

This program is free and parking is $3.

Preschool Paleontology: Art & Storytime
Date:
Thu, 08/15/2024
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Clark Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
40 of 50
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Moving with Nature in Mind – Yoga at the Farm

Hiking & Fitness
Moving with Nature in Mind - Yoga at the Farm

Join us at our beautiful Native Seed Farm for an all-levels Vinyasa yoga class. This one-hour outdoor yoga class will incorporate both static posture holds and a dynamic sequence of asanas, flowing from one pose to the next, while connecting breath with movement. The practice will include options for modifications, proper alignments and breathing techniques. Increase balance, flexibility, strength, and mental clarity while reducing tension and stress.

Please bring water, a yoga mat, a large towel (optional) to place under your mat, and wear athletic clothing.

Moving with Nature in Mind - Yoga at the Farm
Date:
Thu, 08/15/2024
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/31/2024
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Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Enjoy an evening hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature. This hike in the Irvine Open Space Preserve is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 3.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down. Please bring a red-tinted flashlight as the return portion of the hike may be after sunset.

Evening Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Thu, 08/15/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 07/31/2024
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Friday, August 16, 2024

Early Morning Hike: Weir Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Early Morning Hike: Weir Canyon

Join us on this early morning hike enjoying beautiful Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space.  Starting in Irvine Regional Park, we pass through Lower and Upper Weir Canyon to a scenic overlook. We then head down Upper Blind Canyon as we wind our way back to our starting point.  This hike is around 9.5 miles with one significant climb and descent.

Early Morning Hike: Weir Canyon
Date:
Fri, 08/16/2024
Time:
6:30 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/01/2024
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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:
Fri, 08/16/2024
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 08/01/2024
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Guided Mindful Nature Walk

Interpretive
Guided Mindful Nature Walk

Join OC Parks staff and volunteers to observe the sights, sounds and smells of nature during an intimate nature walk led by a certified nature and forest therapy guide. Through a series of invitations, you will be encouraged to explore in the present moment and deepen your connection with nature.

Experience the benefits of spending time outdoors in a mindful way during a lovely morning at Upper Newport Bay. Please note this is a slow-paced program designed for ages 16 and older.

Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. The program and parking are free.

Advance registration required. Adverse weather will cancel the program.

Guided Mindful Nature Walk
Date:
Fri, 08/16/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
13 of 15
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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, 08/16/2024
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 08/01/2024
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Tot Walk

Interpretive
Tot Walk

This event is on August 16, 2024 at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please disregard any other posted or emailed times from Let’s Go Outside.

Join OC Parks Naturalists and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, and birds while exploring! OC Parks staff may even host a game or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun!

Please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water.
Advance registration required. Please register all particpants- including children. Learn more and register here..

The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle.
For questions, email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.

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

Tot Walk
Date:
Fri, 08/16/2024
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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Wild Tales

Interpretive
Wild Tales

Spending time outside is one of the best ways to nurture curiosity and instill a love of the natural world. Bring your young ones and join OC Parks staff to learn all about the Newport Back Bay.

Our Wild Tales program is offered every Friday from 10:00-11:00am and includes a story time, an age-appropriate hike, and a themed craft. Each week will focus on a different topic that encourages young ones to learn about the outdoors.

The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for the preschool level (ages 2-5), but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes.

Advance registration is required. Program and parking are free.

Adverse weather conditions may move the program indoors or cancel it.

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 08/16/2024
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Upper Newport Bay
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 6:00am on 08/02/2024
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Phone Photo Friday

Interpretive
Phone Photo Friday

The best camera is the one you have with you, and for most, that camera is also their cellphone!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the camera you carry with you every day, join us for a beginner’s program to taking better photos with your cell phone. Each session will cover photography theory basics, phone camera settings, editing techniques, with time to practice in the park.

The program will begin outside the Peters Canyon Regional Park ranger station. Be prepared to hike around and explore the landscape at your leisure.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the program and strollers are not recommended. Sun protection, wearing sturdy footwear and bringing water are encouraged. Most importantly, don’t forget your phone!

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

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred.

Inclement weather will cancel the program.

For questions, please contact resource specialist Shelly Marshall at shelly.marshall@ocparks.com.

Phone Photo Friday
Date:
Fri, 08/16/2024
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
10 of 10
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Twilight Fitness Hike in Limestone Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Twilight Fitness Hike in Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Join us for an afternoon, moderately paced, 5.5-mile fitness hike. The hike may include a few short rest stops along the way and will be a great introduction to fitness, cardio-style hikes as well as OC Parks’ magnificent Irvine Ranch Open Space.  Views of Limestone Canyon, and the surrounding wilderness, from Limestone Ridge will be the highlight of our tour.

Twilight Fitness Hike in Limestone Canyon
Date:
Fri, 08/16/2024
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5.5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 08/01/2024
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Saturday, August 17, 2024

Birding by the Creek

Hiking & Fitness
Birding by the Creek

This event is on August 17, 2024 at 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please disregard any other posted or emailed times from Let’s Go Outside.

Aliso Creek is one of the best riparian birding sites in Orange County and gives access for a lovely morning hike. OC Parks staff and volunteers will lead an easy, 3 mile loop with a 50 foot elevation gain on uneven terrain. Travel along the creek on a dirt trail and return on a paved road while birding within the wilderness park.

Please note the following safety precautions and protocols:

The program is free. Online reservations required for all participants, including children. Register here.
Minors aged 18 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times.
Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and water.
Each participant must register individually. For group registration or questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.
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.

Birding by the Creek
Date:
Sat, 08/17/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
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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, 08/17/2024
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 08/02/2024
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