Nature Fest

Image courtesy of nhm.org
Image courtesy of nhm.org

Come to the Natural History Museum for a two-day celebration of Nature in the City! 

Coyotes cross Sunset Boulevard. Lizards scale manzanitas. P-22, Los Angeles’s resident mountain lion, explores Griffith Park. Vaux’s swifts take cover in downtown chimneys. Western gulls steal your beach picnic. Squirrels are doing summersaults in your front yard. L.A. is a surprising biodiversity hotspot — and it’s time to celebrate our urban nature!

    

Museum scientists and Southern California nature organizations are joining forces for a weekend filled with hands-on, fun family activities.

Ongoing programming includes roaming performances, hands-on activities, landscape artists in residence at work, as well as your chance to take a photo with “Charles Darwin”. Check out this year’s schedule of timed programs below.  To see the list of exhibitors as well as the schedule please HERE for the brochure.

    

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS (get your timed-ticket on site; first-come-first-served)

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of NHM’s Bird Collection at 11 am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm 
Go behind closed doors with a special peek into the ornithology collection at NHM! 

STAGE PERFORMANCES

Dragonfly Story Performances at 10:30 am and 12 pm
We invite you to listen to an enchanting story all about dragonflies, with puppets.

Snake Feeding Demonstration at 11 am
Watch as our Live Animal Programs gives a snake a snack.

Meet a Live Animal! at 1 pm
Meet your SoCal neighbor and learn about its life here in CA.

Rhythm Child’s Interactive Music for Families at 2:30 pm and 3:45 pm
Grab a drum and play along!

WORKSHOPS (get your timed-ticket on site; first-come-first-served)

Taxidermy Demonstration at 10 am and 12 pm
Observe the Museum’s taxidermist in a step-by-step demonstration on the preservation of a bird specimen.

Photography for Science at 11 am and 1 pm
Learn how to take nature photos, for science, with your smartphone with NHM’s Citizen Science team. 

Silk Screening with Self Help Graphics at 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
Make unique screen prints on textile with nature-inspired designs.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at: 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Buy your tickets today and skip the lines.

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Doheny Surf Festival

Image Courtesy of Irvine Subaru Facebook page
Image Courtesy of Irvine Subaru Facebook page

Looking for a cool way to spend some time this weekend? Make your way to Doheny State Beach for the Doheny Surf Festival – a family celebration of all things surf, sponsored by my favorite Subaru dealership – Irvine Subaru.

Hear talks by famous surf legends or watch helpful surf demonstrations. Afterwards, head to the Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounge for a refreshing beverage alongside groovy live music.

For the little ones, there’s a kids area with arts & crafts, storytime and more. Be sure to check out the new Subaru’s that Irvine Subabru will bring for your future adventures!

  • When: Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Doheny Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, California 92629
  • Cost: Event is FREE, paking fees will apply

Hikes & Bikes

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Once upon a time, there lived a girl who couldn’t wait for the weekend to come so she experience outdoor adventures right here in Orange County. These outdoor adventures included hiking and mountain biking. She would travel miles and miles to experience scenic hiking adventures and to ride her bike over dirt and rocks, okay – so maybe she just traveled 50 or 60 miles from the Inland Empire.

That girl was me and now I live here in Orange County, so my drive is much shorter. Although I could find adventure in the Inland Empire, summertime was always 10 -15 degrees cooler in Orange County.

I feel completely spoiled by our gorgeous surroundings and love that Orange County Parks provides guided hikes and biking adventures for FREE! So if you’re a local or traveling from a distant (or not so distant) land be sure to check some of our beautiful parks out this weekend, just bring some money for parking and pack a lunch.

 Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Birds of Weir Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a moderate-paced birding walk through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Weir Canyon, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  6/25/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn, practice or just enjoy spotting summer and year-round resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5-mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary!

  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars (Limited binoculars available on loan.)
  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  6/25/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date:  6/25/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Family Hike: Agua Chinon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon while watching for native plants and animals in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up link

Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up link

Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.

  • No experience necessary.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • 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).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

 

Every Kid in a Park

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 My family and I just got back from our “Kick-off” to Summer trip by visiting a couple of our National Parks – compliments of our 4th grader. We used my daughter’s Every Kid in a Park pass to visit Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park.

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I was more than excited last year when President Obama introduced the “Every Kid in a Park” program that provides every fourth grader and their families free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year! I’ve talked about this program before but it’s such a wonderful program I have to remind everyone to take part in this program.

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If your child will be entering the fifth grade in the fall, you still have time to visit our National parks for FREE! The “Every Kid in a Park” program began in the fall and runs through August 31st. For all of you with children heading into the 4th grade in the fall, their pass will be valid on September 1st.

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My Forth Grader basking in the sun and the mist of Yosemite Falls. ProjectRefinedLife.com

We were in Yosemite this weekend while President Obama and his family were visiting the park. I thought is was awesome that he was there talking about the program that we were there taking advantage of. Although we didn’t stand in the meadow and wait to see the president, we did see the helicopters and experienced the excitement and security measures of having the President in the park at the same time.

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According to the White House 80% of American families live around cities where children spend more than 53 hours every week glued to their electronic devices. This initiative is a push to get kids and their families outdoors and active and hopefully inspire a love for nature.

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If you’re the parent of a child who just finished up their 4th grade year – get out there and experience our National Parks this summer for FREE. I’ll be writing a post soon about our experience at the parks, where we stayed and any tips that might be helpful for you and your family.  In the meantime, #Findyourpark here. I’m looking at our calendar to schedule some more time at our National Parks this summer!

Movies on the Lawn

Movies on the Lawn

Mark your calenders for this summer’s Movies on the lawn at the Great Park. Watch classic or family movies on the big screen.

Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic, or try some of the yummy eats from one of the food trucks or snack bar. Movies are weather permitting and actual start time may vary pending sunset, approximately 8:15 pm but get there early to grab a good spot!

The Great Park is located at 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618

June 24 – Bringing Up Baby

A potential $1 million dollar donation and a Brazilian leopard named Baby bring together a reserved paleontologist and a wealthy heiress.
Not rated (1938), 102 minutes
Food Truck: Crepes Bonaparte

 

June 25 – The Peanuts Movie

The beloved Peanuts gang is back, as Snoopy and Charlie Brown take on new and epic adventures.
Rated PG (2015), 93 minutes
Food Trucks: Mess Hall Canteen, Crepes Bonaparte and Front Porch Pops & Torch S’more
July 8 – State Fair

In the Frake family, everyone has something to gain when the Iowa State Fair comes to town for the summer.
Not rated (1945), 100 minutes
Food Trucks: The Burnt Truck and Scooter’s Italian Ice
July 9 – Kung Fu Panda 3

Po the panda returns to teach his new students the secrets of kung fu and finds a family he never knew he had.
Rated PG (2016), 95 minutes
Food Trucks: The Cut, The Greasy Wiener, Gyritto, Scooter’s Italian Ice and Torch S’more

Tustin Concerts in the Park

It’s summer time and that means Concerts in the Park! Tustin’s Concerts in the Park series started yesterday, June 21, 2016 and take place every Wednesday through August 10, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Peppertree Tree Park.

Grab your beach chairs and bring your dinner or support some of the non-profit food vendors for a picnic in the park while some enjoying some quality live entertainment.

Peppertree Park in located at 230 West First St., Tustin, CA 92780

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series

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Image courtesy of OCParks.com

The County of Orange and OC Parks welcome back the annual outdoor summer concert series with 10 free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Tri-City Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach. Each concert event will offer free live music under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June 30 through September 1.

The series kicks off on Thursday, June 30 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton with swing revival sensation Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing with Kris Bradley. Then the concert series moves on to Tri-City Park in Placentia with Neil Diamond tribute Diamonds Are Forever and Vic Lazar performing on Thursday, July 7.

The concerts continue at Mason Regional Park in Irvine with the “Lounge King” Phil Shane performing with a full band and Hawkline Monster opening the show on Thursday, July 14. Favorite ‘80s tribute band Flashback Heart Attack returns to the OC Parks concert series performing at Mason Park on Thursday, July 21 with Well Hung Heart performing as an acoustic duo to open the show.

The series will then move to Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley with LA alternative rock group Grizfolkperforming with Robert John and the Wreck on Thursday, July 28. The traditional and contemporary sounds of Ireland will pour through Mile Square Park on August 4 with The Fenians performing live joined by Dano Forte’s Juke Joint Show.

Next stop is in Orange for Saved by the 90s and Gardeners Logic at Irvine Regional Park on Thursday, August 11. Local folk indie favorite, Matt Costa will perform at Irvine Regional Park with David Rosales on Thursday, August 18.

The summer concert series wraps up on a high note with two dates at Bluff Park overlooking Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Tijuana Dogs and Family Style will take the stage on Thursday, August 25. Indie pop sensation JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) will take the stage with their hit song “Gone” on September 1 with Big Monsta opening the show.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concert Series events take place from 6 to 8 p.m., are free to attend, with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will be serving on-site at each location. Guests may bring their own food, and alcohol consumption by those 21 and over is permitted for the concerts Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

 

2016 OC Parks Summer Concert Series Schedule

(All shows 6-8 p.m., free admission with free parking)

Craig Regional Park

Location: 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Contact: (714) 973-3180, craigpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, June 30

Artist: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Kris Bradley

Tri-City Regional Park

Location: 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd., Placentia, CA 92870

Contact: (714) 973-3180, craigpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 7

Artist: Diamonds Are Forever with Vic Lazar


Mason Regional Park

Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Contact: (949) 923-2220, masonpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 14

Artist: Phil Shane with Hawkline Monster

Date: Thursday, July 21

Artist: Flashback Heart Attack with Well Hung Heart


Mile Square Regional Park

Location: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact: (714) 973-6600, milesquare@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 28

Artist: Grizfolk with Robert John and the Wreck

Date: Thursday, August 4

Artist: Fenians with Dano Forte’s Juke Joint Show
Irvine Regional Park

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869

Contact: (714) 973,6835, irvinepark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, August 11

Artist: Saved by the 90s with Gardeners Logic

Date: Thursday, August 18

Artist: Matt Costa with David Rosales
Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949) 923-2280

Date: Thursday, August 25

Artist: Tijuana Dogs and Family Style

Date: Thursday, September 1

Artist: JR JR with Big Monsta

OC Zoo Star Wars Day

Image courtesy of OC Zoo
Image courtesy of OC Zoo

Let the Force be with you when you visit the OC Zoo on Star Wars Day! Come for family fun that includes Star Wars characters, crafts, games, and photo opportunities.

Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet-and-greets throughout the day.

The first 100 children ages 12 & under in Star Wars costume will receive a special gift AND a free train ride ticket to Irvine Park Railroad!

All visitors are encouraged to come in Star Wars attire/costume. Reservations are not needed and all activities are free with paid zoo admission.

  • When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: OC Zoo, located inside of Irvine regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free, parking is $5.00

Sriracha Factory Tour 2016

Sriracha1Last year, my family and I attended the tour of the Sriracha Chili Factory at Huy Fong Foods – Chili Grinding Open House in Irwindale, California.

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During the self guided tour you get to see the complete production of how Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is made. I was amazed at how efficient the operation’s are.  As you tour the facility there are plenty of friendly staff available to answer any questions you have about production or otherwise.

We were able see the complete process from the trucks arriving loaded with red jalapeno peppers, grinding the peppers, how it’s bottled and to final step where the the bottles are packaged, boxed and ready to ship.

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On the day of our tour the very inspiring founder of Huy Fong Foods, David Tran, was present greeting and taking pictures with the guests.

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This FREE tour comes along some great swag as well (while supplies last). We received a complimentary t-shirt, cups, Sriracha snack sampling that included Sriracha Popcorn, Sriracha Potato Chips, Country Archer Sriracha Jerky, Sriracha caramel, a complimentary 9oz bottle of Sriracha Sauce, and Sriracha soft serve ice cream.

sriracha10I really enjoyed the slight chili taste in the ice cream and since I love Ice cream, it got the best of me so I forgot to take a picture.

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Reservations are a must! click on the link below to reserve your tour.

Tours

  • When: Tours take place in September and October on select Saturdays, every hour on the hour from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.(subject to change) Available tours dates are on September 17th and 24th and October 1, 2016
  • Where: Huy Fong Foods, 800 Azusa Canyon Rd. Irwindale, CA 91706
  • Cost: FREE

Weekend Hikes

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Here’s a list of your guided Weekend hikes in our gorgeous OC Parks. Get out there and enjoy nature!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Although this isn’t a guided hike, this is your chance to explore normally not available. Discover designated trails available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.

Online Registration

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center.


Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Rain will cancel hike.
Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
What’s in Your Backyard? – Irvine Ranch Open Space

Learn about native animals while hiking 3 miles through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.

Online Registration

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park

Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails.

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails.
  • Bring sun protection and water.
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.
  • Event is free, registration is not required.
Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  6/5/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

 

SummerFest

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is set to host “SummerFest”, a celebration of Nature, Art, Food, Wine and Music this weekend.

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SummerFest is a two day event filled with nature hikes, arts & crafts, kids activities, food, wine tasting a native plant sale, live music and vendor booths.

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  • When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 and Sunday, June 5th, 2016 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for Children & Seniors, Children under 5 are free – visit Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary‘s website for a coupon good for $2.00 off. 

Parking is limited however there will be shuttles available from on offsite parking site of Modjeska Canyon.

Bugs & Butterflies

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OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about bugs and butterflies! Come tour Riley Wilderness Park’s butterfly garden at this free, family-friendly event. Learn all about unique and unusual insects and how to attract bugs and butterflies to your own garden.

Additional activities include entry into the butterfly tent, children’s face painting, park tours, games and an arts and crafts table. Food will be available for purchase from the Ninjas with Appetite food truck.

Participants include: Reserve of Mission Viejo, OC Fire Authority, Rock it Racing, Monarchs Forever, Tree of Life Nursery, OC Fire Watch, Sea and Sage Audubon and Dr. Sue’s Bug Zoo.

  • When: Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 10:00 am -3:00 pm
  • Where: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
  • Cost: Event and parking are free.

Free Day on the Queen Mary

Enjoy historic programming in the Queen’s Salon, Royal Salon and Verandah Grill. Space is limited for each presentation. Seats available on a fist come, first serve basis.

Queen’s Salon: Film screenings – “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (1 – 2pm), Queen Mary Voices Special Presentation with June Allen & Commodore Everette Hoard (2:15 – 3:15pm), “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (3:30 – 4:30pm), “Our Relations” Laurel & Hardy, 1936 film (4:30 – 5:45pm), “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (6 – 7pm), “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (7 – 8:15pm).

Royal Salon: Live lecture series – Lord Alan Watson + book signing (2-3pm), Commodore Warwick (4-5pm), Commodore Everette Hoard  (6-7pm).

Sports Deck: Deck games available for guests to enjoy from 10am – 6pm – Shuffleboard, Quoits, Badminton, Ping Pong. Equipment is limited, all rentals available on a first come first serve basis.

Additional Tours & Attractions Include: All Queen Mary day tours and Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibit will be available for just $10 and don’t miss out on the Special 80th Anniversary Tour for $12. All tour ti mes and reservations available at the Tour Center on Promenade Deck Forward, you can also enjoy The Queen Mary 4-D Theater for just $6 per show. If you want to go all out – start your day with a reservation at the 80th Anniversary Brunch in the historic Grand Salon. CLICK HERE for Brunch Tickets.

  • When: Saturday, May 27, 2016, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: Entering the Queen Mary is FREE for this event, some attractions may include fees, parking is at the special rate of $12 (when entering between 10AM – 8PM). 

Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLHike it or bike it this weekend with plenty of options for both. Take advantage of these great guided hikes & mountain bike rides while you discover our beautiful Orange County Parks & Trails.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalist on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking
OC Parks – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Evening Family Beginner Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon to The Sinks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slow-paced, family-oriented ride through sycamores, oaks, and native habitat in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 9-mile ride takes visitors to The Sinks, Orange County’s own “mini Grand Canyon.”

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Meditating in Nature
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
 Location:  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.  No experience necessary.

  • Ages 16 and up.
  • 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).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
Contact: (949) 923-2235

All About Snakes

Snake

OC Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species. Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County. All About Snakes will be offered on two different dates, May 21 and July 23. The same program will take place on both dates.

  • When:Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678. Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Park at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking fees may apply.

Reservations are not required!

Hikes & Bikes

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It’s a Hikes & Bikes kind of weekend! Although the list is short it’s a sweet one. No matter what you choose – make sure to get out there this weekend and experience nature.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slower intro-to-cardio hike that incorporates a little more for interpretation along a trail that passes by coastal sage scrub, grasslands and oak woodlands in Weir Canyon.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
California Native Plant Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
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.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants – the Acjachemen people.

  • For those who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) on dirt trails with some sandy sections.
  • Children ages 8 and up, or younger if peddled by an adult.
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required.
  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/15/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM