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Free Seasonal Festive Programs for Families in the Great Outdoors

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - This Halloween season families are invited to explore the great outdoors and experience the magic of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in October.

Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Each month, a different culture and celebration is highlighted with an outdoor program presented in multiple languages. On Saturday, October 10 at 6 p.m. experience the Mexican celebration, Día de
los Muertos in the natural beauty of Black Star Canyon.

Explore the wild canyons and hidden foothills of Black Star Canyon on Friday, October 16 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a slow-paced hike to explore Orange County's beautiful wild canyons and hidden foothills as you hear stories from how the geology was formed underfoot to
tales of the plants and animals that call these protected habitats home.

On Saturday, October 17 from 10 .m. to 12 p.m. visit Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to discover the bones of animals and learn about how they are similar or different to human bones. Young hikers will have the opportunity to examine an owl pellet for real animal's bones, paint a
unique bone creation and go on a bone dig like a real paleontologist to learn all about bones. The activities will take place in the Augustine staging area with plenty of fun activities.

On Friday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m., bring the whole family to Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to get to know the flying mammal, the bat. Hear fascinating tales of the creature and take a guided tour out towards a popular bat roosting location to watch as the nighttime wonders
start their evening adventures.

Saturday, October 24 returns to Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve for a family friendly full moon hike to Agua Chinon. Beginning at 5 p.m., an easy pace will allow time to enjoy the surrounding sights and sounds of night and the breathtaking view of the full moon.

On Halloween, Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Irvine Ranch Conservancy in partnership with OC Parks is pleased to host the annual Halloween Zoo-Tacular! Bring the family to see the animals of the OC Zoo while they receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day. Enjoy fun activities including trick-or-treating, spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt and
festive games. The first 100 children, ages 12 and under, to arrive in Halloween costumes receive a free gift. 

Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, the magnificent open space and parks offer a full calendar of festive Halloween themed activities and free, guided programs that include hiking, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, habitat restoration and special events for nature enthusiasts of all
ages and fitness skill levels in October. Visit for more information and to register for free today.

Irvine Ranch Conservancy

 Irvine Ranch Conservancy is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization created in 2005 to help preserve and support the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, enhancing the public's connection to the land while helping partners and landowners with all aspects of stewardship. The Conservancy offers a variety of free, guided outdoor programs for all nature enthusiasts including hiking, mountain biking, horse-back riding and much more. For more information, visit