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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Demonstration Garden Maintenance: Native Seed Farm

Stewardship
Demonstration Garden Maintenance: Native Seed Farm

Visitors to IRC’s Native Seed Farm are first greeted by our Demonstration Garden, providing inspiration for regionally suitable plant gardens. Our garden hosts a variety of native plant species which support a healthy local ecosystem!

IRC Volunteers are invited to help at our monthly Garden Maintenance Day! Our tasks each day are to be determined, but we’ll be tackling whatever jobs are a top priority to keep our Garden teeming with native plant life. Weeding, clearing, cutting, digging, watering, whatever it takes! Activities may include bending, stooping, crouching, squatting, long periods of standing, reaching, pulling, grabbing, and pushing.

Demonstration Garden Maintenance: Native Seed Farm
Date:
Thu, 07/11/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/26/2024
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Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon

Hiking & Fitness
Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon

This week in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in the remote Fremont Canyon. The hike is just under 6 miles and includes a steep hill. We will hike from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past a historic coal mine, to the Fremont Weather Station. After enjoying a spectacular view, we will hike back the same way to our starting point. Please bring water, a trail snack, sun screen, hat, and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes.

Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon
Date:
Thu, 07/11/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/26/2024
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Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

Hiking & Fitness
Fitness Hike – Ridge Park

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, 07/11/2024
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
16
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Create in the Park: Keep it Simple!

Interpretive
Interpretive

Keep it Simple! Getting Started With Creating Outside in Any Media

Key Ranch is a hidden gem that you need to discover and explore. Tranquil gardens, citrus grove, and many shaded spots are available for painting at this location. There are also vintage vehicles, farm implements and a wide veranda. Join professional artist Dawn Buckingham as she guides you through getting started creating outside (plein air Painting). If you already have experience, then join the group to paint and we will share our successes at the end of the session.

Upon registration, a recommended list of materials is available for you to bring to this free program. No materials are provided, only art instruction. A tour of the property and background of Key Ranch is highlighted.

This program welcomes all who are interested and love the arts, from beginning to advanced artists. Come experience an OC Park in a new way.

Create in the Park: Keep it Simple!
Date:
Thu, 07/11/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where:
George Key Ranch Historical Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
10 of 20
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Little Explorers: Butterflies!

Hiking & Fitness
Little Explorers: Butterflies!

Join OC Park Naturalists for story time and short hike with your little ones (ages 3-6) as we explore the Mason Regional Park! Our theme of the month is butterflies!
This program is for ages 3 to 6. Please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water.

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

The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle. We will meet at the trail entrance that leads to the Native Plant Garden and Butterfly Garden. Please park in lot A on the far end near the park exit.

Rain or muddy conditions will cancel the program.

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

Little Explorers: Butterflies!
Date:
Thu, 07/11/2024
Time:
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Mason Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
3
Family Friendly:
Yes
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The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride to The Sinks or Dripping Springs

Equestrian
The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride to The Sinks or Dripping Springs
Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, and home of oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area and see plants that are native to our area.  You will be touring the beautiful Natural Landmarks.
The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon Equestrian Ride to The Sinks or Dripping Springs
Date:
Thu, 07/11/2024
Time:
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
8 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/26/2024
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Mason Park Concert – Flashback Heart Attack

Timeline:
– 5pm: Venue Opens
– 6pm: Concert Starts
– 8pm: Concert Ends

Duties include event area patrols, OCCO advisements, and parking control.

Park in Lot A and walk to the amphitheater (behind the playground closest to Lot A).

Contact Nicole Bengtson at 714-263-5999 with any questions.

Mason Park Concert - Flashback Heart Attack
Date:
Thu, 07/11/2024
Time:
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where:
Mason Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
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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, 07/11/2024
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 06/26/2024
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Friday, July 12, 2024

Weeding and Watering: Native Garden Restoration

Stewardship
Weeding and Watering: Native Garden Restoration

Please join us as we work towards restoring healthy habitat areas at Clark Park. We will remove invasive plants, water thirsty native plants, and expand the native garden as conditions permit.

We will meet in Parking Lot H. This activity will take place within one quarter mile from the parking lot. No experience is necessary, and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water.
Rain may cancel this event.

Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times.
Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

For questions, please contact Cultural Resource Specialist sarah.hoemke@ocparks.com at (657)554-7133.

Weeding and Watering: Native Garden Restoration
Date:
Fri, 07/12/2024
Time:
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Where:
Clark Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
13 of 15
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Morning Hike at Red Rock Wilderness

Interpretive
Morning Hike at Red Rock Wilderness

Explore Red Rock Wilderness and hike OC Parks’ newest trails!

Learn about native plants and animals that can be found in the area and take in beautiful panoramic views of Black Star Canyon, Santiago Canyon and Irvine Lake. This moderate hike on unpaved dirt trails is approximately 5 miles round trip with 500 feet of elevation gain. We’ll cover many topics including birding, history, geology and native plants while taking breaks to enjoy the views.

Participants should come prepared with water, snacks, sun protection and sturdy walking shoes. Rain or adverse weather conditions will cancel the program. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Advance registration required. Learn more and register here.

Morning Hike at Red Rock Wilderness
Date:
Fri, 07/12/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Red Rock Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/28/2024
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Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill

Hiking & Fitness
Summer Morning Yoga Hike at Quail Hill

Enjoy a five mile out and back hike to warm up your legs before experiencing a gentle flow yoga practice in nature. The hike is highlighted with a short but steep climb at a medium pace and takes us to a 360 degree view of the Quail Hill neighborhood. 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, 07/12/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/27/2024
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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.

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

Wild Tales
Date:
Fri, 07/12/2024
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 06/28/2024
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Adaptation Spotlight: Ocean Animals

Interpretive
Adaptation Spotlight: Ocean Animals

Join OC Park Naturalists as we learn about ocean animals and their many adaptations! We will explore how dolphins echolocate, how marine mammals stay warm, and more!
This program is for ages 7 and up. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water.

Advance registration required. Please register all particpants- including children. Register here..

The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle. Please meet at the Nix Nature Center amphitheater near the bathrooms.

Rain or muddy conditions will cancel the program.

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

Adaptation Spotlight: Ocean Animals
Date:
Fri, 07/12/2024
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
7
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Saturday, July 13, 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, 07/13/2024
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 06/28/2024
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Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop

Hiking & Fitness
Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop

Enjoy miles of lush oak studded canyons, fascinating rock formations and sweeping views from the Overlook Trail in the tranquility of the Weir Canyon back country, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. On a clear day we’ll be rewarded with glorious views of the San Gabriel and Santa Ana mountains. This is a fitness hike and features an 1800 ft accumulated elevation gain. There are multiple steep climbs and steep descents. Please make sure you are in excellent physical condition! You must be able to hike uphill at an average pace of 3 mph without stopping. A backpack and water are required. Please bring snack, sun screen, hat and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes.

Weir Canyon Fitness Hike: Oaks to Overlook Loop
Date:
Sat, 07/13/2024
Time:
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Weir Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
9.5 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/28/2024
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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, 07/13/2024
Time:
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
10
Spaces Left:
10 of 10
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Animal Signs and Tracks in Fremont Canyon

Interpretive
Animal Signs and Tracks in Fremont Canyon

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Mule deer, bobcats, coyotes and even mountain lions 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 on older children and adults.

Animal Signs and Tracks in Fremont Canyon
Date:
Sat, 07/13/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration for this event opens at 8:00am on 06/28/2024
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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, 07/13/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
16
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Nature Meditation Walk

Interpretive
Nature Meditation Walk

Do you want to unplug and relax into nature? Come on a “Nature Meditation Walk.” Join a Naturalist on a guided walk to truly be outside and allow your natural sense of wonder to take you to a mindful space outside.

We will walk (less than 1 mile) and take stops along the way to engage in playful “invitations,” activities, to deepen our connection with the outside world and ourselves. Our walk will end with a tea ceremony (local herbs and honey) of reciprocity, a segue from the special, quiet space we share on our walk back to the busy world.

Disclaimer: This program involves making and drinking tea made from sustainably sourced native plants. If you have food allergies or sensitivities, please be sure to notify park staff upon arrival.

Please wear close-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water. A yoga mat or portable chair is suggested. Sitting materials will be provided for those who need it. For the program, expect to quiet your cellphones.

Recommended for ages 10 and older. No experience necessary!

Pre-registration on lagunacanyon.org is required for this event. No walk-ups. Each participant must register individually. Register here. For group registration or questions, please email volunteer@lagunacanyon.org.

Parking is $3.

We will begin on the patio of Nix Nature Center. This is a 2-hour program. Please note that adverse weather may cancel the program.

Nature Meditation Walk
Date:
Sat, 07/13/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
10
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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, 07/13/2024
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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