Month: February 2016

Hike, Bike or Run

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Be at one with nature this weekend! Whether the thought of going on a hike, getting dirty on your bike or going on a trail run makes you happy – OC Parks is giving you plenty of options to  be happy while you #optoutside.

You can choose from one of the family friendly hikes to an advanced hike or advanced mountain bike ride or go on a guided trail run. These events are all guided and FREE, just cover the parking.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride Fremont Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Highly experienced mountain bikers can explore one of the most rugged and remote areas of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks from the trails of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve on this fast-paced advanced ride.  Please note there are multiple very steep climbs, with an approximate elevation gain of 3,500 feet over 19 miles. This hard ride is for expert adult-only riders in excellent physical condition who will be rewarded with the remote wonders of Fremont Canyon.

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series – O’Neill Regional Park
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will motivate you to stay fit during the winter months.
Click Here for more Info
Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Laurel Loop Geology Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area.  The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Family Hike: Round Canyon
OC Parks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon hiking along a fairly flat trail while watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This activity originates in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip, and is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike.

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birding Walk – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Spot 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 Laguna Niguel Regional Park.

  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars.
  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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:  2/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Car Wreck Fitness Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only.

  • 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.
  • For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on very steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather, with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, a hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature 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.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Free Family Nights at Kidspace

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Mark your calender’s it’s almost time for Kidspace Museum’s FREE Family Night. Every month Kidspace Museum offers FREE admission so that families can explore with a special evening of programming which includes performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world.

  • When: Family Night’s are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: FREE
Image from Kidspacemuseum.org
Image from Kidspacemuseum.org

Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Experience a taste of the Holi Festival, a springtime celebration from the country of India. Holi Festival is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. Throw bright powder at one another, design a henna tattoo, and paint with traditional Indian spices! Enjoy a special cultural performance at 6:00 pm.

The Wonderful Life of a Dying Tree

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Discover the hidden life of a dying tree. Join Gillian Martin from The Cavity Conservation Initiative at Santiago Oaks Regional Park as she leads us on an amazing journey of the incredible life of a dying tree.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center
Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center

The program will include a short presentation, nature walk, touch-tables staffed by naturalists, games, and crafts for children.

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Although a registration for the nature walk was required by 2/21/16, you can still join in on the program and go for your own nature walk on one of their many trails. This is one of my girls favorite places to go on a hike. This is sure to be a great event!

  • When: Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Santiago Oaks Regional Park, 2145 N Windes Dr.
    Orange, CA 92869 
  • Cost: FREE

Open House at Tanaka Farms

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My youngest daughter is always asking to go to the farm and pick veggies, she is referring to Tanaka Farms. She’ll be excited to learn that Tanaka Farms has their annual  an open house this weekend.

Come and get free wagon rides around the farm and samples of their fresh produce.

The first 250 families to attend on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free gift! There will also be Strawberry picking for just $10 a person!

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No reservations are necessary for this event. Simply come and enjoy your time at the farm!

  • When: Saturday, February 20 & Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Tanaka Farms is located at: 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA
  • Cost: FREE – Strawberry picking is $10.00

Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLThere’s a good variety of OC Parks guided hikes and mountain bike rides this weekend! You can go a hike and learn some Native American History at the Tale and Characters of Santa Ana Mountains Hike. For mountain bikers there are two rides this weekend, one for beginners and one for intermediate riders. Family friendly hikes include one at Upper Newport Bay or Caspers Regional Park.

Get out there, take in some sun and enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tales and Characters of the Santa Ana Mountains – Irvine Ranch Open Space
On this slow-paced hike through the oaks of scenic Limestone Canyon, join us as we share stories of the Native Americans who once made this canyon their home. The tales will include encounters with grizzly bears, cattle driving vaqueros, early American settlers, bandits, and stagecoach robbers. Come prepared with a spirit of adventure!

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 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:  2/20/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, February 21, 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:  2/21/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness 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.

  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/21/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Moutain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-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. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested.
  • Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/21/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Irvine Park Railroad’s 20th Anniversary

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Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating their 20th Anniversary and to show their appreciation prices are being rolled back to their original 1996 prices.

Enjoy a 12-minute train ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park for just $2.00 per person! Other $2.00 activities included in the anniversary celebration will be carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy.

They will  be some FREE giveaways which will include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

  • When: Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2015, the festivities begin at 10:00 am.
  •  Where: Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking fee to Irvine Regional Park is $5 per vehicle.

Onizuka Space Science Day

El Camino College invites science loving kids to attend Onizuka Space Science Day. This free, hands-on conference is geared for students in grades 5 – 12.

Onizuka Space Science Day is dedicated to the memory of the seven Challenger astronauts, who on January 28, 1986 lost their lives in pursuit of their dreams, including Ellison Onizuka.

The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., are cordially inviting kids to participate in Space Science Day 2016 at El Camino College on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

The days events include:

 NASA Astronaut, Capt. Sunita Williams will be in attendance as the keynote speaker and will conduct a question and answer session. Capt Williams spent a total of 322 days in space and holds the record for total spacewalk time by a female astronaut

-Astronaut presentation

-Classroom presentations & demonstrations led by ECC professors, students, and guests from JPL and other institutions

-Hands-on science activities & experiments

-Egg Drop Competition!

SpaceDay 2016

  • When: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8:30 am – 1: 00 pm
  • Where: El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking is $3.00 per vehicle. 

To make reservations, please complete the Reservation Form. For more information, email spaceday@elcamino.edu or call 310-660-3487.   View Event Flyer

Mom’s Night Out

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I got fantastic news last night – the pink door’s of my favorite Children’s Bookstore, Once Upon A Storybook, will remain open!!! If you live in or around Tustin Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange, etc. and you haven’t been here yet – you MUST visit this store! I have never experienced a children’s book store that feels like this.  This place is like a walking into a store that hugs you. I am beyond relieved that our community will continue to benefit from having this lovely place.

Okay, so now that I’ve had a chance to jump up and down. I have to tell about a really neat event just for us Mom’s. Last month, Once Upon a Storybook held their very first Moms’ Night Out–Wine & Coloring night. Apparently is was a huge hit so they’ve decided to put it on the calendar again.

 Tell a friend and make it a girls night! Come ready to color (that’s right I said color), have some snacks, sip on a little bit of wine and shop for some books. This Ladies only event is $25.00 and includes a coloring book, snacks, & wine. For repeat guests the fee is $10.00. Please RSVP – as soon as possible by emailing Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us  or calling 714-669-4377.

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E. 17th Street, #C Tustin CA, 92780
  • Cost:  $25.00 and includes a coloring book, snacks, & wine. For repeat guests the fee is $10.00

Engineers Week at Discovery!

Engineer’s Week at Discovery Cube OC is coming up from February 20, 2016 through February 28, 2016. Engineers and builders of all ages are invited to Discovery Cube OC to celebrate National Engineer’s Week!

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Future engineers will enjoy a week of exploring, creating, and building with hands-on activities in various fields of engineering. Discovery Cube OC will have daily learning  stations  which will include the following:

Parachute Drop – Put your engineering skills to the test as you design, build, test, and modify a parachute to see if you can have the longest hang time!
Catenary Arch – Build a free-standing arch and learn how it can remain standing without additional structural support.
Build Tables – Build the bridge that can hold the most weight, using only paper, paperclips, and simple weights.
Cube Jr. Imagination Playground – Build your own playground out of giant foam blocks!
“Engineer It!” Stage Show – Learn helpful scientific tips to aid you in your creation for the Egg Drop Competition!
Tallest Towers – Figure out how to build the tallest tower using only wood blocks.

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You can look forward to Guest Speakers and Partner Presentations by:

NASA’s Juno probe: Richard Stember
-Saturday, 2/20 | 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. presentations at the 1st Floor Sunstage

AirWolf 3D Printing
-Saturday, 2/20 – Sunday, 2/28
-Sunday, 2/21 | 1:30 p.m. 3D printing presentation

University of California, Irvine PhD Students
-Wednesday, 2/24 – Friday, 2/26 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
-Saturday, 2/27 – Sunday 2/28 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Association of Energy Engineers, Fuel Cell Workshop
-Saturday, 2/20 & Sunday, 2/21 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Monday, 2/22 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
-Tuesday, 2/23 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
-Friday, 2/26 & Saturday, 2/27 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Sunday, 2/28 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Don’t miss your chance to join the annual Egg Drop Competition on February 27th! Bring your homemade ETV (egg transport vehicle) and put it to the ultimate test as it drops from 25 feet in the air. You can Register here, Click here to download Egg Drop Competition rules. 

  • When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 through Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Where: Discovery Cube OC, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA  92705
  • Cost: Adults $17.95, Children (3-14) $14.95,  Children (2 and under) FREE, Senior (62+) $12.95, Discovery Members are FREE

All events and timelines are subject to change without notice. Images and information from Discovery Cube.

Be Refined by Graciousness

Image courtesy of GL stock images
Image courtesy of GL stock images

Happy Valentines Day to all and a huge “Thank you” to Pastor Rick Warren for your message this morning which included this passage: 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love – Ephesians 4:2 

Today, one of the people in my thoughts is focused on the person who helped me through the toughest time of my life. The 6 years spent in court, battling the killer of my son. Her son (who was also killed by a drunk driver) would have been 51 years old today. Every year on Valentine’s Day, I send her a message and let her know my heart and mind are with her.

Although the main thought today is mostly of that of a day for celebrating a couple’s love for each other, often we forget the day includes celebrating the love of those most important in your life, your children. I, just like this gracious woman who forever affected my life (whom I will always look up to) is hurting, missing a vital part of her life. So today I ask you to please be humble and gentle today. You have no idea the many hurts that may exist within the hearts and minds of those around you. Be gracious, don’t point out the faults in each other. Instead lets all focus on the greatness and strengths in those around us. Have mercy and extend graciousness to one another this week. I personally needed this reminder in my life this week.

I hope you have a beautiful and  heart filled week with your loved ones – not only today but always. Everyday is a gift, may you be refined by graciousness, hope and love in pleasure of the moments that each day brings.

Love and Peace,

Annette

Free Day at Battleship Iowa

image from Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa facebook page
image from Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa facebook page

Bring the entire family to experience President’s Day aboard the “Battleship of Presidents.” There will be presidential impersonators and famous military reenactors, vintage vehicles. food trucks, and more.

At 10:30 am there will be a special ceremony honoring President’s Day and the 73rd birthday of our ship. at 11:00 am we will serve birthday cake and pastries while they last.

Don’t forget to tour the battleship, enjoy the new Interactive Tour and Vicky scavenger hunt.

  • When: Monday, February 15, 2015 from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Where: Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: The event is Free, Parking fees apply

President’s Day Celebrations

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The Richard Nixon Foundation is hosting their annual Presidents Day Celebration on Monday, February 15, 2016 with FREE admission all day!

Get there early and you’ll have the chance to meet Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln at the front entrance of the Nixon Library starting at 10:00 am (okay so of course it’s not really them but they look like them).

 A fascinating talk with the three presidents will follow in the magnificent White House East Room at 11:30 AM.

If you are among one of the first 250 visitors, you can enjoy a free slice of cherry pie compliments of Polly’s Pies. Click here for .

  • When: Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: The Richard Nixon Library & Museum – 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard Yorba Linda, CA 92886
  • Cost: FREE

During this time the museum galleries are currently undergoing a major renovation and are not open to the public. However, visitors will be able to tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace, the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon, the presidential helicopter, the First Lady’s gardens, and the full-scale replica of the White House East Room.


 

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Image from reagan.utexas.edu

Come mingle with our Founding Fathers during the 23rd Annual Presidents Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2016

This celebration includes fun for the whole family, including crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady lookalikes. Hot dogs, pie, and other all-American food will be available for purchase.

  • When: Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065
  • Cost: Presidents Day activities are FREE and open to the public. Regular Museum admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and the spectacular Air Force One Pavilion. 

Become a Citizen Scientist

image courtesy of crystalcovealliance.org
image courtesy of crystalcovealliance.org

Become a Citizen Scientist at Moro Canyon’s Ecosystem at Field Science Saturday on February 13th!  Study leaf litter microbes, restoration and herbivory, and fuel moisture levels.

This month – kids will be participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count, to help create a global snapshot of the world’s bird populations!

RSVP’s are requested. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:30 am
  • Where: Meet at the Berns Amphitheater in Moro Canyon (Click here for directions.)
  • Cost: The event is free but there is $15 day use fee required per vehicle. If take a stroll to The Beachcomer Cafe afterwards for lunch – you can get your parking validated.

 

Please contact Kaitlin Magliano at kmagliano@crystalcovealliance.org with any questions!

Hikes & Bikes

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It’s a Hikes & Bikes Weekend!!! I always get excited when they have guided bike rides, even if I can’t join in. The guided hikes and bike rides are always free, just cover the parking.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

California Native Plant Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist 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.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/13/2016
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.


Online Registration

Date:  2/13/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, February, 14, 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:  2/14/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join us in beautiful Limestone Canyon on this slow-paced 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 designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to move slower in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. Riders must have a minimum of one year of mountain bike experience. It is very strenuous with difficult terrain and intended as a “hike-a-bike” ride.

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Hummingbird Walk

ENC-hiking_trailLooking for something special and fun for the entire family this Valentines Weekend? Join ENC Naturalist Leslie Helliwell for a walk in the ENC (Environmental Nature Center) to search for hummingbirds and their nests.

Hummingbirds, called  “flying jewels” by the early Spanish explorers hover in space, power dive and fly backwards and sideways!  Learn where these tiny bits of non-stop energy get their fuel, discover how they “broadcast” their color, and learn which plants depend on them for pollination.

  • When: Saturday, February 13, 2016, there are two walks for yout to choose from: the first walk is scheduled from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, a second walk is scheduled from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Where: ENC, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, California, 92663
  • Cost: $6 per guest ($5 for members). Registration at encenter.org required

#Giveadamn

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and it’s a great day to #giveadman about others. Please don’t  drink and drive today. If your hosting a party take the keys away at the door and call uber for your guest if they’ve had too much to drink.

Listen to the wise words of Helen Mirren, she knows how to #giveadman.