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Friday, June 21, 2024

CANCELLED: Trail Work Days at The Oaks

Trail Work
CANCELLED: Trail Work Days at The Oaks

Lend a helping hand at maintaining the trails at Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

Partner with an OC Parks volunteer as they guide you through the proper tool use to repair highly used and heavily washed out trails. Tools and safety talk are provided by Volunteers and/or Park Staff.

Bringing gloves, water, and sun protection is highly recommended. Be ready to work up a sweat as we mend our trails for all to enjoy! Be prepared to hike several miles carrying hand tools over uneven terrain.

Program and parking are free. Please let the front entrance booth park attendant know you are registered for this program.

Advance registration required.

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

CANCELLED: Trail Work Days at The Oaks
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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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, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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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, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Quail Hill
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
5 miles
Minimum Age:
18
Spaces Left:
Full
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CANCELLED: Seasonal Science Series: Spring Social Butterfly Habitat Enhancement

Interpretive
CANCELLED: Seasonal Science Series: Spring Social Butterfly Habitat Enhancement

Join us for a slow-paced interpretive hike related to current IRC projects focused on research, monitoring, and conservation.  The series will rotate through the landscape based on the season and projects.

For this series, we will spend the spring morning hiking along beautiful Limestone Canyon where we will focus on the butterflies in Limestone Canyon, and the newly created butterfly habitat plots.  These plots were seeded and planted with a variety of both host and nectar plants to aid the documented, declining population of butterflies in the canyon. We will hike through Limestone canyon plot by plot, and up to Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping out of an earthquake fault and down a gorgeous fern-covered rock face.

CANCELLED: Seasonal Science Series: Spring Social Butterfly Habitat Enhancement
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Baker Meadow Stewardship

Stewardship
Baker Meadow Stewardship

Spend your morning watering, mulching and weeding the newly planted Coast Live Oak seedlings within a beautiful oak woodland in Baker Canyon. No experience necessary.

Baker Meadow Stewardship
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
2 miles
Minimum Age:
15
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Nature Journaling in Bommer Canyon

Interpretive
Nature Journaling in Bommer Canyon

Nature journaling is a wonderful tool for nature observations, creating lasting memories, and making deeper connections with nature. Build upon your own sense of place to maximize mindfulness and relaxation. Each session will cover the basics of art theory and practices, journal anatomy, and immersing your senses in the wonders of nature.

Bring a nature journal and your own art materials such as pencils, pens, or watercolors. A portable chair is recommended along with sun protection, water, and snacks. Be prepared to move along the trail a short distance and sit to document the beauty around you.

Nature Journaling in Bommer Canyon
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Bommer Canyon Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
1
Distance:
1.5 miles
Minimum Age:
14
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Tot Walk

Hiking & Fitness
Tot Walk

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, 06/21/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Where:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
All Ages
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Nature Creativity: Poetry

Interpretive
Nature Creativity: Poetry

Nature can inspire the creativity in all of us. In this program you will use your senses to create a poem based on the environment around you. We will be nature journaling so you can bring your own or one will be provided to you.
This program is for ages 12 and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and bring water. We will be hiking about 1 mile with moderate elevation gain.
Advance registration required. Please register all participants- including children. Learn more and register here.
This program is free and all materials will be provided. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Please meet at the Nix Nature Center amphitheater near the bathrooms.
For questions, please email shelbi.richardson@ocparks.com
Please note: Rain and wet or muddy conditions will cancel this program.

Nature Creativity: Poetry
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
12
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Bommer Canyon Preserve Full Moon Hike

Hiking & Fitness
Bommer Canyon Preserve Full Moon Hike

Experience the serenity of Bommer Canyon Preserve under a full moon during this moderate-paced hike in the Irvine Open Space Preserve. We’ll experience mature coastal sage scrub and fantastic sunset views overlooking the city of Irvine and the hillsides to the north. This hike is just over 3 miles and includes 700 feet of total climbing elevation with several very steep inclines. The steepest section ascends 300 feet in a quarter-mile. Participants must be in good physical condition.

Bommer Canyon Preserve Full Moon Hike
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Where:
Bommer Canyon Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
3
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Parks After Dark

Interpretive
Parks After Dark

We love the nightlife! Explore the landscape of Peters Canyon Regional Park as we set out to search for the nighttime critters that call this park home. From humble toads to graceful owls, you never know what you’ll see!

Dressing in layers, wearing sturdy footwear, and bringing water are recommended. Red-tinted flashlights are highly encouraged.  This hike is not recommended for very small children or strollers. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the program.

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

Registration is required for this program.

For questions, please contact Park Ranger II, Shelly Marshall at 657-253-3681 or shelly.marshall@ocparks.com

Parks After Dark
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where:
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Registration has closed.
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Full Moon Hike on Hicks Haul Road

Hiking & Fitness
Full Moon 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 is done at an easy walking pace. This out-and-back program travels 2.5 miles round trip to scenic Loma Ridge and back down.

Full Moon Hike on Hicks Haul Road
Date:
Fri, 06/21/2024
Time:
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Where:
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
2.5 miles
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Saturday, June 22, 2024

CANCELLED: Ranger Reserve – Santiago Oaks Wedding CEREMONY ONLY

Ranger Reserves needed to provide excellent customer service and resource protection at Santiago Oaks Regional Park during wedding and reception events.
The events are limited to 100 people which includes all vendors, wedding party and guests. Alcohol is allowed only with a permit obtained in advance from OC Parks Permits Department and served by a licensed bartender under the supervision of a security guard.

CANCELLED: Ranger Reserve - Santiago Oaks Wedding CEREMONY ONLY
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Difficulty Rating:
1
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, 06/22/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Where:
Native Seed Farm OCP
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
4 of 15
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Trail Stewardship – Laurel Canyon

Trail Work
Trail Stewardship – Laurel Canyon

If you use the wilderness parks for hiking, biking, photography or just relaxing, Trail Stewardship might be right up your alley! Get up close and personal with the trails you use; you’ll see them in a whole new way. No experience necessary. This is FUN hard work. Whatever your skill level is, there is a job to do: clearing drains to get the water off of the trail, pruning vegetation back to keep users on the trail, moving dirt to rebuild eroded tread, and restoring impacted areas are just some of the tasks we will accomplish. We will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels, and McLeods to improve the user experience, protect the fragile habitat and increase the sustainability of our trails. Expect to hike up to 4 miles while carrying tools. Gloves and tools provided.

Please note: For safety reasons, we limit the number of participants for this event. If after you reserve your spot, you realize you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation and/or contact antonio@lagunacanyon.org so that the reservation will be available for another volunteer.

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, please email antonio@lagunacanyon.org for availability.
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.
Minimum age of 16 years old accompanied by a parent/guardian. If under 18 years old, a waiver must be signed by a parent/guardian, provided at the start of the event.
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: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Laurel Canyon trail

Rendezvous location: Laguna Canyon Foundation Headquarters, 10 Phillips St, Laguna Beach CA

Link to location on Google Maps

Trail Stewardship – Laurel Canyon
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
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Wilderness Access Day: Saddleback Wilderness

Hiking & Fitness
Wilderness Access Day: Saddleback 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 3.3 miles of new trails at Saddleback Wilderness, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, through this self-guided opportunity. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. There are multiple trail loop options which vary in distance and level of difficulty. Choices range from an easy one-mile loop to multiple figure-8 configurations for those looking to maximize their mileage. Regardless of distance, nearly all options feature scenic views including a destination vista point offering 360-degree perspectives from the mountains to the sea.

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

Wilderness Access Day: Saddleback Wilderness
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:
Saddleback Wilderness
Difficulty Rating:
Variable
Minimum Age:
All Ages
Family Friendly:
Yes
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Create in the Park: Perspective in Your Drawings and Paintings

Interpretive
Create in the Park: Perspective in Your Drawings and Paintings

Creatives are invited to paint, sketch, or draw at this beautiful historic location. Our professional artist, Dawn Buckingham, will provide instruction and tips about capturing the buildings and gardens on this property in your art. There is a main house, many outbuildings, decorative pool and lush gardens. If we are lucky, the small creek may still be running. You will learn simple perspective for outdoor (plein air) artists to help you to find success, no matter your level. There are also many other exciting subjects for you to paint at this beautiful site.

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 house and background of Helena Modjeska 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: Perspective in Your Drawings and Paintings
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where:
Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens
Difficulty Rating:
1
Minimum Age:
12
Spaces Left:
Full
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Land Tending with LCF – Aliso & Wood Canyons

Stewardship
Land Tending with LCF – Aliso & Wood Canyons

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our Land Tending Days in Aliso and Woods Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call Aliso Creek their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, hand watering, 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 Dulce at dulce@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 meet at Aliso Viejo Community Park (150 Cedarbrook, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656) and we will walk to the project site together.

Parking: Free at Aliso Viejo Community Park or in legal areas along Cedarbrook.

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

Land Tending with LCF – Aliso & Wood Canyons
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Difficulty Rating:
2
Minimum Age:
16
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Family Hike: Agua Chinon

Interpretive
Family Hike: Agua Chinon

Enjoy an afternoon family hike in Agua Chinon, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. We hike a gradual climb of 500 ft elevation as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer.  This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced gradual climb hike. Hikers should be in good health able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening.

Family Hike: Agua Chinon
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
2
Distance:
3 miles
Minimum Age:
6
Family Friendly:
Yes
Spaces Left:
Full
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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 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run, or jog depending on your comfort level. 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, 06/22/2024
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:
Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve
Difficulty Rating:
4
Distance:
6 miles
Minimum Age:
16
Spaces Left:
Full
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Crystal Cove State Park Full Moon Hike

Interpretive
Crystal Cove State Park Full Moon Hike

Explore the Park After Dark, on a guided interpretive 2-hour, 4-mile Full Moon Hike at Crystal Cove State Park. A park naturalist will lead hikers on this moderate to difficult loop trail with uneven terrain and a steep uphill climb, elevation gain of 600 ft. This hike is suitable for ages 8 and up. Hikers must wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Please bring a red flashlight, if you don’t have one, we will have plenty to share. Meet at the Moro Visitor Center (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow the signs to the Visitor Center).

Crystal Cove State Park Full Moon Hike
Date:
Sat, 06/22/2024
Time:
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Where:
Crystal Cove State Park
Difficulty Rating:
5
Minimum Age:
8
Spaces Left:
Full
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