Weekend Hikes

WeekendHikesAre you ready to spring forward with one of these OC Parks Guided Hikes? It’s going to a beautiful weekend, get out there a soak up some sunshine!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Geology and Natural History Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain.

  • For ages 10 and up.
  • 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 3/7/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Redwood Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile 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 9:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!

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

Date: 3/7/2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park

Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date: 3/7/2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, March, 8, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 3/8/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Wilderness Walking Club at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Enjoy a wonderful, moderate 3-mile walk (535-ft. elevation gain) through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Catch views of the canyons and mountain ranges from the ridge top and then walk down to Barbara’s Lake, a hidden jewel and the only natural lake in Orange County.

  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort.
  • 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/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 3/8/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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The Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park

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When you visit a nature park have you ever wondered “Where are all the wild animals in the park?”

Find out when you Explore the Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park on Sunday, March 8, 2105 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am.

Visit a Show and Share Exhibit located next to the O’Neill Park Nature Center and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind.

  • Make a Wild Animal Track Mold!

  • Enjoy Nature Crafts and Games!

O’Neill Regional Park is located at 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678.

Contact (949) 923-2260, with any questions.

Birthday Party at the Zoo!

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Imaga from Santa Ana Zoo Facebook page

It’s a Zoo Birthday Party on Saturday and Sunday March 7th and 8th! The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park will be celebrating their 63rd birthday. Come for birthday cake, miniature train displays by the Del Oro Pacific Railroad Club, live entertainment, western themed crafts for the kids, and much more!

The animals will get special birthday treats and enrichments from our AAZK team, and you can see animal presentations at the Conservation Education Theater Stage.

Ride the Conservation Carrousel for $3.00 or the Zoofari Express Train for $4.00, better yet….the combo package….$6 for both!

  • When: Sautrday & Sunday, March 7th * 8th, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, United States 92701
  • Cost: $10 Adult, $7 Child, $7 Senior, Members are FREE – Parking is FREE

Audubon Bird Walks

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Come to El Dorado Nature Center and enjoy one of the upcoming  Audubon Bird Walks. Whether you’re a new birder or just want to sharpen your skills, join members of El Dorado Audubon for a morning walk through the Nature Center.

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Image from longbeach.gov

  • When:Sundays – March 8, April 12 & May 10, 2015 at 8:00 am 
  • Where: El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815
  • Cost: event is free, parking is $7.00 

Young Field Biologist Series

This Sunday, March 8, 2105 from 8:30 -11:00 am, the Young Field Biologist Series: Animal Evidence at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park assists the park’s Resource Specialist with fun field studies on Wood Creek Trail.

Image from: nsf.gov

Image from: nsf.gov

They’ll check wildlife cameras to see who’s using the park at night, examine the woodrat nests for recent activity, and check for tracks on this highly productive animal trail. This hike is 2 miles (150-ft. elevation gain).

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas, meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • Bring your camera and a notepad to help document and compare your findings.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 9 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Family Nature Explore

Image from OC Parks

Image from OC Parks

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff for Family Nature Explore: A Wild Story at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Find stories in the park, climb into a real cave, walk through the trees, climb a hill, enjoy a story, have a story snack, create your own story with puppets and stamp a story to take home all with an easy half-mile walk.

  • When: March 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 – Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
  • Ages 3 and up.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Event is free, parking is $3 per vehicle.

Online Registration is required.

Make sure you bring: plenty of water, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, have necessary medications, and wear sunscreen and hat!

March – LEGO Mini Build

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It’s time for the LEGO® Store FREE March Mini Model Build. Build your Robot on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only.

To find a LEGO store near you click here.

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National Pancake Day

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Flip for Free Pancakes at iHOP’s nationwide on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

National Pancake DayGuests from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes*. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© ** or other designated local charities.

The Goal this year is $3.5 million for charity!

 Search out your local iHOP and help the cause! If you can’t make to your local iHOP but still want to help, you can donate online.

Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

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I don’t know about you but there are several times every week that my conversations (those that are both out loud and inside my head) contain some sort of seuss-ism. Dr. Seuss has inspired life lessons for more than just children.

I know of a company that requires their employees to read “Green Eggs and Ham”, a book that is made up of just 50 words to be used as a source of inspiration and persistence.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, knew all to well about not giving up. Dr. Seuss first book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was rejected a total of 29 times before he found someone to publish it. Can you imagine a world without Dr. Seuss books?

Every year we look forward to watching the Dr. Seuss Classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” Musicals are based on his works and the word “nerd” was created by Dr. Seuss in his book “If I Ran the Zoo”. Just yesterday morning, I woke up to the sound of rain and thought “how am I going to keep my girls entertained on this cold, cold, wet day“. Yet another seuss-ism.

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Today, March 2nd, is the 111th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). He wrote 46 children’s books, not including the new book “What Pet Should I Get?”, soon to be to be released on July, 28, 2015. He’s books have made such an impact that his birthday has been adopted by the National Education Association as the annual date for National Read Across America Day.

Here are 30 Dr. Seuss quotes that serve as a reminder of how Dr. Seuss can change your life. This wonderful infographic is from mamiverse.com. The life lessons that come out of Dr. Seuss books are incredible in so many ways, enjoy!

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March Jr. Chef Class Schedule

Williams-Sonoma has a really fun FREE Junior Chef class scheduled for March. Get ready to welcome the Easter bunny with these fun and easy cooking classes. They’ll make some delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tastings along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

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Saturday, March 7th: Stuck in a lunch box rut? Join us for this series of classes where we’ll go beyond the basic PB&J. You’ll learn how to make some fun and tasty lunch foods that will satisfy kids and parents alike. Suitable for ages 5 – 13.

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Saturday, March 14th: Let’s have a pancake party! We’ll make the batter and flip some flapjacks. You can personalize yours with some good-for-you foods like walnuts, coconut and flax. We’ll also teach you how to make a hazelnut-chocolate spread, to top everything off. Suitable for ages 5–13.

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Saturday, March 21st: The Easter Bunny will stop in his tracks when he spies this adorable little cake you’ve baked and decorated in his own likeness! We bet that your parents will ask you to make one for everyone at your holiday table. Suitable for ages 5 – 13.

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Saturday, March 28th: Eggs aren’t just yummy to eat—they’re also good for you! Learn some basic egg-cooking techniques plus eggs-traordinary ways to enjoy those hard-boiled eggs that you’ve decorated. Suitable for ages 5 – 13.
images from Williams-Sonoma.com

Festival of Whales

 

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Image from: festivalofwhales.com

The 44th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales is so big it takes two fun-packed weekends in March to celebrate. Although the whales start their migration in late November, you can see hundreds of them right here in beautiful Dana Point during the Festival of Whales.

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Image courtesy of festivalofwhales.com

This multi-weekend festival draws nearly 100,000 visitors each year. The event is filled with something for the everyone! The festival starts off with a family friendly Parade and a Street Fair on Saturday, March 7th followed by festivities through the day and continues on Sunday, March 8th, Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th & Sunday, March 15th.

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Image courtesy of festivalofwhales.com

In addition to the parade & street fair, you can look forward a Polynesian cultural experience, a Clam Chowder cook-off (you all know how much I love food), art and craft exhibits, vintage boats and classic cars ( I love classic cars), Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild, Art Walks, Concerts by Sea, sailing and paddling opportunities, sand sculpting, movies in the park and selection of whale watching excursions or you can whale watch from breathtaking Dana Point Headlands Conservation Park. .

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Image courtesy of festivalofwhales.com

There’s plenty for the kids too. Kids take part in a free fishing clinic, A kids adventure expo, environmental activities, educational opportunities, storytime, citizen science Programs, interpretive crafts & kids activities and more.

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Image courtesy of festivalofwhales.com

Take a look at the Calendar of Events  for a complete listing of daily activities, including location, time and a short description of each event. You can even print a map to help you navigate through the festivities.

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Image courtesy of festivalofwhales.com

Programs and maps will be available throughout the Harbor and on all of the FREE Festival shuttles that transport you to each and every Festival event. Visit their online store  to shop for your favorite Festival of Whales merchandise or you can buy it at the Festival both weekends.

Bring your refillable water bottles – there will be clean, fresh, available. South Coast Water District will be providing water via it’s Emergency Water Trailer. Visit the trailer, fill up and learn how you can reduce water usage during the prolonged drought. Trailer location for each day of the Festival will be included on the event map. Tips on water savings and California friendly landscaping that reduces water usage will also be available from South Coast Water District staff on site.

Remember, the goal is to keep the Festival of Whales “clean and green” – click here to learn more.

Kip Noschese Book Signing

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Kip Noschese the author of Otto & Grand Prix Bees will be at my favorite children’s book store, Once upon a Storbook for a book signing today!

Kip Noschese is a former Jim-Henson-animator and Fox-Television-animator. According to Susie, the owner of Once upon a Storybook, Kip’s book, “Otto & the Grand Prix Bees is one of the best picture books I have ever seen”. You’ll hear the book, do a bee craft, and take pictures with this awesome author!

Come dressed in black & yellow, like a bee! Ages 3+

  • Once upon a Storybook, 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

OC Zoo Spring Preschool Program

wpid-2014-11-25_21.15.11.jpgThe OC Zoo Spring Preschool Program is ready for registration! This program is geared for children ages 3-4 years old, the fee is $5.00 which includes the program and the entrance to the zoo for one child and their adult/guardian.

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The program includes crafts and hands-on learning as the staff introduces OC Zoo animals to the children. The children are all given a chance to touch (almost all) the animals while providing the children with animal facts. After the preschool program you can enjoy the zoo and storytime under the beatiful trees.

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Arrive at the zoo gate by 10:00 am to purchase your ticket as the program begins promptly at 10:15 am and are an hour in length. Parents must accompany their children for the entire program.

Spring Preschool Program line up: 

Bonkers For Bunnies
Dates: Fri, March 13th; Wed, March 18th;
Fri, March 27th; & Thurs, April 2nd
*Please note these Easter-themed classes and it fills up quickly!

Animal Art I
Dates: Wed, March 25th & Thurs, May 7th

Down On The Farm
Dates: Fri, April 10th & Wed, May 20th

Magnificent Mammals
Dates: Wed, April 15th & Fri, May 15th

OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Pk, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Park entrance fee of $3.00 does apply.

PHONE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register for a class call (714) 973-6846.
*Please call to cancel no later than 1 week prior to class so that we can allow someone from
the waiting list to attend instead.

Easter Eggstravaganza – Giveaway!!!

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza GIVEAWAY

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza GIVEAWAY

Are you ready for Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza? The Easter Bunny is hoping into Irvine Park Railroad from Saturday, March 14th through Saturday, April 4th.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad

Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

You can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park and children ages 2 through 12 can go on an Easter egg hunt. Each egg is filled with candy or a prize.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad

Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring your Easter baskets but no need to worry if you forget  – Irvine Park Railroad will have Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt.

Please visit http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad

Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Children can meet the Easter Bunny and have their pictures taken for $10.00 (this includes a complimentary photo that will be taken by Irvine Park Railroad staff) If you’d like additional prints of the same photo, you can buy them for $6.00. Photos will be printed in a few short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad

Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

There will be other activities to take part in during the Easter Eggstravaganza including hay rides, a moon bounce, Easter cookie decorating, carnival games, face painting, picture stands and more. Please visit http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com for full details including costs.

The park entrance fee – charged by the County of Orange – is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends and it not included in the giveaway.

Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 am and is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad

Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Now for the fun part – Project Refined Life has a giveaway compliments of Irvine Park Railroad. Here are the details:

One Reader will be given chosen randomly to receive the following giveaway** consisting of the following:

  • 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)

  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park deuce coupe bike rental

  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

The approximate value of the Giveaway package is $55.00! Enter to win this fun giveaway in the form below. You can begin entering tonight, February 28, 2015 at midnight through 3/7/2015 at midnight.

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**No purchaseis necessary to enter. The winner will selected by Rafflecopter and will receive an email notification. Please make sure to respond within 48 hours of notification otherwise another winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will receive tickets that will be mailed directly to their home (or mailing) address from Irvine Park Railroad. This giveaway applies to US Residents Only.

Disclosure: Although ProjectRefinedLife.com has received complimentary admission to this event, all opinions are strictly my own.

Final Weekend of Engineer’s Week

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Image from discoverycube.org

Don’t miss the final weekend of Engineer’s Week at the Discovery Cube OC and LA.  We took some time out this week to take part in some the excellent activities offered at the Discovery Cube OC for Engineers Week.

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Although there was so much to do with Lego Travel Adventure and National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibits, we decided to make the main focus of our visit the Engineer’s Week activities.

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The girls had such a fun time making their parachutes and trying them out. After you build your parachute, it’s taken up on a pully to someone on the second floor where they drop it and time it on the way down. Whoever gets the best “hang time” for the day wins a return visit and whoever gets the best “hang time” over the entire week wins a one year membership to Discover Cube!

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Although, we didn’t win, the girls had a great time building their parachutes and watching them fly down.

wpid-2015-02-26_16.50.15.jpg We’ve been lucky enough to take part in the Forces of Motion show before you can always learn something new, so we took in this show again and enjoyed it just as much as the first time we heard it.

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My oldest daughter has a snap circuit set at home but she doesn’t have the snap circuit set with the “Flying Saucer” so she was very happy to put that circuit set together.

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After spending a little bit of time in exploring we were able to get in on the Colors of Light Workshop presented by UC Irvine.

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 Both of my girls where very intrigued and had a great time learning about light and builting a Spectrometer.

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If your kids like to tinker or build, don’t miss this event. This is an awesome opportunity to create and learn with hands-on activities in various fields of engineering.


Discovery Cube OC activities include:

  • 3rd Annual Parachute Competition: Build and test a parachute, daily prizesfor the longest “hang-time”
  • The Color of Light Workshop presented by UC Irvine (check the front desk for daily showing times) – Discover light’s amazing, mysterious properties alongside UC, Irvine college students!
  • Daily showings of the Forces & Motion stage show
  • Design and build a block tower
  • Snap Circuit building

Egg Drop Competition
Don’t miss your chance to join the annual Egg Drop Competition on February 28th, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm! Bring your homemade ETV (egg transport vehicle) and put it to the ultimate test as it drops from 20 feet in the air.

To view the Egg Drop Competition guidelines, please click here.

Guest Speakers & Presentations

Saturday, February 28, 2015: 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Richard Stember, from NASA, will be conducting a presentation and Q&A regarding the Orion Launch that took place in early December 2014.

Visit the Discovery Cube OC for more information


Discovery Cube LA activities include:

  • Parachute Competition: Build and test a parachute, daily prizes for the longest “hang-time”
  • Daily showings of the Forces & Motion stage show
  • Design and build a block tower
  • Snap Circuit building
  • Prototype building

Egg Drop Competition

Don’t miss your chance to join the annual Egg Drop Competition on March 1st, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm! Bring your homemade ETV (egg transport vehicle) and put it to the ultimate test as it drops from 20 feet in the air.

For competition guidelines: click here.

Guest Speaker

Sunday, March 1, 2015: 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Richard Stember, from NASA, will be conducting a presentation and Q&A regarding the Orion Launch that took place in early December 2014.

Visit Discovery Cube LA for more information

Hikes & Bikes

OC Parks

OC Parks

Well, it doesn’t look as if our fabulous weather will keep up this weekend but we really need the rain, so for that – I am thankful!

BUT…if for some reason the rain gets in late and you you have the chance to get outside this weekend, try to enjoy some OC Parks guided hikes or how about a guided mounatin bike ride to Dripping Cave at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park, which also happens to be my pick of the week.

 “Dripping Cave”, also known as “Robbers” cave, is a historic landmark and Aliso & Wood Canyons Park’s largest rock-shelter.

Dripping Cave was once used as a temporary refuge by Native American hunter-gatherers, and later the shelter was reportedly used by the infamous Juan Flores “gang” as a hide-out from which to rob the San Diego and Los Angeles stagecoach. Nowadays the shelter gets its name from rainwater dripping from the upper lip of the sandstone rock.

Dripping Cave - Image from ocparks.com

Dripping Cave – Image from ocparks.com

Saturday, Februay 28, 2015

Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave at 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 its previous inhabitants – the native Acjachemen people. Earn a ranger badge for being an accomplice on the journey.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) of dirt trails with some sandy sections
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes required
  • Reservations Required – Online Reservations Link
Date:  2/28/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  2/28/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 Sunday, March 1 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 3/1/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.

  • Ages 8 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/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 3/1/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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