OC Parks, which includes regional, wilderness and historical parks sites, and beaches all over Orange County, kicked off this month with exciting events which will continue through the rest of May. Highlights include Bear Awareness Day at the OC Zoo and Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Park this past weekend, and a Wildflower Showcase (Morning & Afternoon Sessions) at the Native Seed Farm as well as the Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon (May 12) and Crafty Kids Sundays at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve (May 27). See the entire schedule below and add these exciting fun and nature filled activities to yours and or your family's schedule! For events specifically in Irvine, check out the Irvine Ranch Open Space, Irvine Regional Park, William R. Mason Regional Park, and Irvine Ranch Historic Park

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About OC Parks

The OC Parks system encompasses 26 regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring nearly 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County’s award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves.

OC Parks offers wilderness hikes. Campgrounds. World-class mountain biking. Nature centers. Nationally recognized historic sites. Fishing. Surfing. And the list goes on. Whether a visitor comes to jog or camp; whether a family holds a reunion at a park or meets friends at the beach, OC Parks offers everything you need to make every day a great one.

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May 8 – California Native Plants and Uses 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the seasonal life of California native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road, make U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free    
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Online reservations required at www.eventbrite.comcanativeplants. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday.

 

May 8 – Evening Hike in the Canyons 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join us for some after-work exercise on the Mesa Loop. The hike will cover close to 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace and will offer us beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding canyons. Also, keep your eyes open for any animals starting their nightly routines.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Canyons Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. A flashlight with a red tinted light is not required but might be nice to have as it will be dark out when we finish our hike. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/eveninghike.

 

May 9, 23 Discovery Hike 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky, 5-mile hike (depending on trail choice, up to a 500 ft. elevation gain). We will stop from time to time, spending moments to discover.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas).
Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Registration is required. This hike isn't for beginners.
Please wear closed-toe hiking shoes, sun protection and bring plenty of water.

 

May 9 – Yoga Hike 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon. Hike leaders and participants will meet at the end of the paved sidewalk, entering the canyon.
Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-220
Special Instructions: For ages 12 and up. Please bring a towel and water, yoga mat optional. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/yogahike.

 

May 9 Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Take a leisurely double loop equestrian ride through beautiful Baker Canyon in the Black Star Wilderness Area, home of oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub. View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area, and see some of the wildflowers that are native to our area. You will gain amazing views of the local canyons and Irvine Lake.
Location:  Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse. They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/baker.

 

May 10 Thursday Morning Trek: Fremont Canyon 8 – 11:30 a.m.

This week in the 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.
Location:  Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, Lot 15. Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, hat and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/fremontrek.

 

May 10 – Fitness Hike at Dilley 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right)
Website: www.ocparks.com/laguna
Cost: Free                                          
Parking:
$3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: For ages 15 and up. This is a strenuous, fast-paced hike. Please be sure you can maintain a 17-minute mile pace. For questions call (949) 497-8324. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshikeatdilley.

 

May 11, 12 – Fremont Loop Distance Hike 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for an extremely challenging and strenuous hiking adventure in the scenic Fremont Canyon Wilderness Area. This 15-mile loop hike is for experienced, physically fit distance hikers. We hike the entire rim of Fremont Canyon, passing by an abandoned coal mine, the Fremont Weather Station and the remnants of a rare stand of Tecate cypress. Along the way we’ll have sweeping views of Orange County, the Santa Ana Mountains and surrounding mountain ranges.
Location:  Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, Lot 15. Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up. There is minimal to no shade on the route. Please bring a minimum of 100 oz. water and trail snacks. Come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for the full-day hike in this remote wilderness area. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/fremontloop.

 

May 11 Weekday Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride – Limestone Canyon  8 – 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy the relaxation of riding in the wilderness on empty trails and join us on this docent-led mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon and into Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.
Location:  Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 14 and up. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the beginner to intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and is physically fit, but sometimes needs to move slower on steep ascents/descents. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/slowpaced.

 

May 11 – Black Star Canyon Equestrian Ride 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saddle up your horse and come explore the rich history of Black Star Canyon. You will experience wonderful vistas from some of the peaks and a change of habitat as you ride through the canyon.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse. They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/bakerequestrian.

 

May 12 – Long Distance Hiking  8 – 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as we explore the beauty and diversity of Lizard and Laurel Canyon trails in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 5.5-mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and along ridges with beautiful vistas.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Willow Canyon Staging Area (West side of the 133, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free    
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort, bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/longdistance. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday.

 

May 12 – Agua Chinon and the Sinks Exploration 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Start your weekend off by exploring the Agua Chinon Wash and the Sinks through this self-guided opportunity. Designated trails will be open for self-guided trail use in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging from easy one-hour walks to a strenuous 9.5 mile trek. Whether traveling by feet or on two wheels, this exploration day is a treasure waiting to be discovered by hikers and mountain bikers alike.
Location:  Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Portola-Agua Chinon Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: All participants are required to check in and complete their registration at the Portola Staging Area prior to accessing the trail system. Gates will open no earlier than 8 a.m. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/aguachinon.

 

May 12 – Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Come search for evidence that animals leave behind in nature. Mule deer, bobcat, coyote and even mountain lion 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!
Location:  Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, Lot 15. Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting a little dusty. This program is focused for older children and adults. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/animaltracking.

 

May 12 – Wildflower Showcase: Morning Session 9:30 – 11 a.m.

The Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (OC-CNPS) and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy invite you to an informal open house at the Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm. You will learn about some of the native flora grown right here on the Farm. OC-CNPS will also provide some talks on various local engagement opportunities, including information about field trips and their upcoming native garden tour.
Location: Native Seed Farm
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Sun protection is recommended. Parking is limited. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Feel free to bring snacks for yourself. There is limited seating and food is not available on site. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/wildflowermorning.

 

May 12 – Wildflower Showcase: Afternoon Session 12 – 1:30 p.m.

The Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (OC-CNPS) and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy invite you to an informal open house at the Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm. You will learn about some of the native flora grown right here on the Farm. OC-CNPS will also provide some talks on various local engagement opportunities, including information about field trips and their upcoming native garden tour.
Location: Native Seed Farm
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Sun protection is recommended. Parking is limited. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Feel free to bring snacks for yourself. There is limited seating and food is not available on site. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/wildflowerafternoon.

 

May 13, 20 – Ranger Led Hike 8 – 9:15 a.m.

Join OC Parks rangers for a 1-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. The hike will last approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.
Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Contact park office for hike updates.

 

May 13 – Moderate-Paced Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road 8 – 10:30 a.m.

The ride starts at the Augustine staging area and travels along the Hicks Haul paved road, continuing to Shoestring, Augustine, the Sinks, Raptor and the adjacent oak woodlands. We will climb approximately 1,600 feet over an 11 to 14 mile journey in this 2.5-hour program.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: This is a moderate-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to move slower in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. This program is for very physically fit riders in excellent cardio condition. Participants must wear a helmet and carry at least 100 oz. of water, snacks and spare tubes and tools (in case of flats). Your bike must be trail worthy, with at least a front suspension, and in good working condition. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/moderatepackedride.

 

May 13 – Second Sundays Restoration Program 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing Upper Newport Bay's habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash removal and garden maintenance.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: www.ocparks.com/newport
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. No experience is necessary. Water and tools are provided. Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Rain cancels event. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/secondsunday.

 

May 13 – Equestrian Ride: Aqua Chinon to The Sinks 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ride from the Portola staging area through a riparian setting, and then climb a gentle slope up to the Sinks – Orange County’s own mini “Grand Canyon.” Enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding county and hills. The descent is a gentle downward slope.
Location:  Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Portola Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. You will need to transport your own fit horse to the staging area. Equestrians with trail riding experience, a fit and able horse, and the ability to trailer to the staging area are welcome to join the ride. For owners of unshod horses, please note that footing may include areas of gravel and pavement. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/equestrianride.

 

May 14 – Discover Hidden Canyons: Baker Canyon Meadow 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Discover the hidden canyons and trails found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. These seldom hiked trails offer fantastic vista views, secluded oasis of oaks or rising rocky outcrops. Come take a stroll along the trails to discover the hidden gems of Orange County. We will listen to tales about how the geology was formed underfoot to tales of the plants and animals that call these protected habitats home.
Location:  Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 13 and up. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for our hike as well as bring proper sun protection and water. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/hiddencanyons.

 

May 16 – Restoration Stewardship 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us 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 activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants or trash pick-up.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
Website: www.ocparks.com/laguna
Cost: Free    
Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wildlands we all enjoy! Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/restorationstewardship. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday through Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday.

 

May 17 – Fitness Hike 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
Website: www.ocparks.com/laguna
Cost: Free                                          
Parking:
$3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: For ages 15 and up. Please be sure you can maintain a 19-minute mile pace. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike.

 

May 17 – Advanced Cardio Hike: Limestone Ridge, Dripping Springs & Sandtrap 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, afternoon cardio hike starting in Limestone Canyon. 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 and includes a 1,750 foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.
Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Please bring a minimum of 70 oz. water and trail snacks. Come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed toe hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for the extreme fast-paced hike in a wilderness area.  Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/advancedcardiohike.

 

May 18 – Tot Walk  9 – 11:30 a.m.

Bring your young ones (infant to age three) and join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in exploring Aliso's wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, birds and explore! Ranger Zak may even host a game, play guitar or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun!
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. From southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot.
Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso
Cost: Free   
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/totwalk.

 

May 19 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day 8 – 11 a.m.

Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us 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 activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants or trash pick-up.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
Website: www.ocparks.com/laguna
Cost: Free     
Parking:
Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday through Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday.

 

May 19 Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon, Sandtrap to The Sinks 8 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon on this docent-led mountain bike ride beneath a canopy of coastal live oaks up to beautiful vistas and the viewing deck of The Sinks. This is a slow-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent cardio shape and physically fit.
Location:  Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up. The rider should have experience and skills, but may need to move slowly in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. Riders must have a minimum of 1 year of mountain bike experience. This ride is very strenuous with difficult terrain and intended as a “hike-a-bike” ride. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/slowpaced.

 

May 19 – Geology Hike 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 4-mile geology hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. Hike through the oak-filled woodland of Wood Canyon and continue to the park's highest peak. We will pass by rock formations that tell stories of ancient floods, landslides and the building of a great shell-filled limestone reef.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Canyon View Staging Area: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas).
Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso
Cost: Free    
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice and a sense of adventure! Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/geologyhike. For questions, call 949-497-8324 Monday through Friday or 949-923-2235 Saturday and Sunday.

 

May 19 – Family Hike: Black Star Canyon 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an early evening family hike in Black Star Canyon, part of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will hike along a flat trail and cross a creek as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3 to 4 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Black Star Staging Area  
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: 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. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/familyhike.

 

May 20  3rd Sunday Restoration Day 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Help park rangers Peters Canyon Regional Park remove invasive and non-native plants to keep native habitat healthy, in turn helping the wildlife thrive.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/peters
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/3rdsunday. Please bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks, gloves and closed toe shoes.

 

May 20 – Intro and Intermediate Mountain Biking  8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Catch beautiful canyon views on a 10-mile or so ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. From southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot.

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/mountainbiking.

 

May 20 – Wildflowers & Pollinators: A Backstage Pass at the Native Seed Farm 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Farm Steward hosts as they showcase the flourishing flowers and their pollinators on a nature walk through the Native Seed Farm. Learn about pollinators and how you can attract these amazing creatures to your garden.
Location: Irvine Ranch Open Space, Native Seed Farm
Cost: Free    
Special Instructions: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen and bring water as the workshop takes place outside in the Native Seed Farm. Sign language interpretation available. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/wildflowersandpollinators.

 

May 20 – Beginning Archery Class 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Join Mile Square Park staff for a beginning archery course for first-time archers. This one-hour course will include a safety instruction and provide you with an introduction to the sport of archery.
Location: Mile Square Park. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free
Parking: Free   
Special Instructions: All archery equipment will be provided. Park in the overflow parking lot near the archery range. Rain will cancel event. Register at https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2018/05/20/beginning-archery-class-13/.

 

May 22 – Birds of Mason Regional Park 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Are you able to spot the ducks, geese and grebes in the lakes? Can you hear and see the songbirds on the trees and in the bushes? There may also be shorebirds and hawks at the park! Come join an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher and learn about the birds of William R. Mason Regional Park. While on an easy, half-mile walk around the park, you will be able to see and learn about a variety of birds that visit the park.
Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Turn left at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot B. Meet by the Ranger Office.
Website: www.ocparks.com/mason
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: Water, sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes are recommended. Bring your binoculars to get better views of the birds. Rain will cancel event. For more information visit www.cms.ocgov.com/birds

 

May 24 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park 8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end).
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free    
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. This is a fitness hike; pace is approximately a 19 minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Online reservations required at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2235 Saturday and Sunday.

 

May 24 – Magnificent Mammals Preschool Program 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Find out all about animals covered with fur!Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close!
Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/zoo/
Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)     
Parking: $3 per vehicle 
Contact: 714-973-6846
Special Instructions: Ages 3 to 4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register.

 

May 25 – Down On The Farm – Preschool Program 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Come learn all about farm animals including chickens, pigs, goats, sheep and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close!
Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/zoo/
Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)     
Parking: $3 per vehicle 
Contact: 714-973-6846
Special Instructions: Ages 3 to 4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register.

 

May 26 – Trail Stewardship Day  8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you enjoy using the wilderness park and aren't afraid of a little hard work, this is your opportunity to give back by improving the trails. You'll also learn to see your favorite trails in a new way! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for a morning of trail maintenance. We'll be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to clear brush out of trails, restore features that protect the trails and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Ages 17 and up (must have waiver signed by parent). Lunch and refreshments served. Trail to be determined closer to event and notification will be sent to those signed up. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/trailstewardship.

 

May 27 – Bird Walk  8 – 11 a.m.

Spot local native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile walk through a landscaped suburban parkland setting at Mason Regional Park.
Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Meet at western end of Parking Lot 1.
Website: www.ocparks.com/mason
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. For questions, call (949) 497-8324. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/birdwalk.

 

May 27 – Crafty Kids Sundays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come join us for a fun themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Crafty Kids Sunday features FREE craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: www.ocparks.com/newport
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

May 31 – Fitness Hike at Willow 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5 mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). Park and walk up the gravel trail 100 yards to get to the small native plant nursery, just before the trailers.
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Please wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.