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Weekend Hikes

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There’s plenty to do this weekend with all the Spring Flings and Egg Hunts but if you have the chance for a hike with the family – here are a few options.

This is Orange County Parks short but very sweet list of FREE family friendly guided hikes for this weekend. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 26, 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.


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Date:  3/26/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike: Agua Chinon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy a slower-paced gradual-climb hike while watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. This activity originated in the City of Irvine and travels into OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

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


Online Registration

Date:  3/26/2016
Time:  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Sunday, March 27, 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:  3/27/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
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Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars.
  • 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.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/27/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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A Hike for Dodgers Fans

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I know usually focus on hikes in Orange County but this one is so cool I couldn’t help but post it. If you’re a Dodgers Fan – this is the hike for you! Dress in Dodger Blue, get your hiking boots, pack your snacks and plenty of water. Everyone’s Dodgers Hike  has a meetup coming up at Griffith Park.

The hikes are an average of 6 Miles and take approximately 3 Hours. Hikes are at an intermediate level and trail running or hiking shoes are mandatory.

  • When: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 – meet at 6:30 am, hike begins at 6:45 am
  • Where: Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot 1, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Cost: FREE

If you want a nice place to grab a lunch and relax after the hike give “The Trails Cafe” a try.

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This place has such an awesome vibe and they have a great selection of vegetarian and Vegan options, coffees and amazing pie.

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Spring Nature Days

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Come to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as they present “Spring Nature Days”, a fun-filled two-day event that features guided nature walks, arts & crafts and a chance to talk with the staff.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is 12 acre preserve that hosts walking trails, wildlife observations spots including a bird observation porch, creeks, picnic tables, a nature science center, a gift shop and hiking trails.

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Spring Nature Days will feature Guided Nature Hikes at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. The one hour guided nature hikes are family friendly hikes where you can learn about the different types of wildlife that visits Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, while learning local history and visiting their animal ambassadors.

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Children can take part in making nature themed crafts throughout the day, such as a bird feeder, a sun catcher a flower mobile and more.

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There will be FREE lemonade and cookies for the visitors at the nature science center. My girls had such a wonderful time here with hands on exhibits and great little gift shop. My girls bought some very nice hiking sticks at the gift shop that now go along with us on every hike.

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You can meet the staff of Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and share some of your bird sightings throughout the day at the sanctuary while learning about some of the local flora and fauna located within in the sanctuary and in Orange County.

  • When: Thursday, March 31, 2106 and Friday, April 1, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: FREE but donations are gladly appreciated and help to maintain this beautiful facility.
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Adventure Day

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Adventure Day is a fun-filled family event that celebrates the 42nd anniversary of Caspers Wilderness Park. Enjoy a full schedule of guided hikes, arts and crafts, wildlife exhibits, games, and food.

Families and friends of all ages can partake in the numerous activities, including: wildlife-inspired games of ring toss, cowboy lasso, a scavenger hunt and storytelling. Learn about bugs, raptors, conservation, navigation, Native Americans and OC history!

Come to Caspers to not only have an ‘Adventure’ but also “Find a New Adventure” while talking with the exhibitors and exploring the trails. Whether it be buzzing with a Bee Keeper about the life of a bee, or listening to stories about the history of the Native Americans, or learning how to hike…Explore, Dream, Discover!

Some participants include: Reserve of Mission Viejo, OC Bird of Prey Center, Caspers Park Foundation, Inside the Outdoors, Journeys to the Past and more!

  • When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Where: Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Highway San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Cost: FREE
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Hike, Bike or Run

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Hike, Bike or Run the trails this weekend at one of our beautiful OC Parks – there is something for everyone this weekend.

If the idea of walking slowly and learning about local Flora & Fauna, taking part in an Intermediate Mountain Bike ride, running through some trails or mediating in nature on the first day of spring is for you – an Orange County Parks Staff member will guide you through.

As always – these a and activities are FREE, just cover the parking! No excuses – #getoutthere and explore.

Saturday, March 19, 2106

The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series – O’Neill Regional Park
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will keep you motivated to stay fit during the winter months.
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Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Geology Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 4-mile geology hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. Hike through the oak-filled woodland of Wood Canyon and continue to the park’s highest peak. We will pass by rock formations that tell of ancient floods, landslides and the building of a great shell-filled limestone reef. This hike is not for beginners!

  • 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 water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure!
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • For ages 15 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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:  3/19/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Flora and Fauna of Weir Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Hike through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, a protected wilderness area home to a wide variety of wildlife including mule deer, bobcat, coyotes, red-tailed hawks and more. Learn about the native flora of the canyon that sustains the native wildlife.

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


Online Registration

Date:  3/19/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Sunday, March 20, 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:  3/20/2016
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.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road, east to end, meet at the gate.
  • 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) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness 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.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area. Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Road, east to end: meet at the gate.
  • 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) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

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


Online Registration

Date:  3/20/2016
Time:  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Queen Mary – Free After 3

The Queen Mary is celebrating their 80th Anniversary of the Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage and to kick off the celebration, they are offering free entry to the ship on March 24th after 3:00 pm.

They will be will be offering enriching historical tours for just $5 and although it’s full on the 24th, they will launch “The Salon Series” a monthly evening of entertaining public programming for guests of all ages.

In the new “The Salon Series” guests will enjoy curated entertainment situated in the elegant design and classic sophistication of one of the Queen Mary’s historic salons – Queen, Royal and Grand – unrivaled in their beauty and comfort.

The Salon Series will present a collection of films, musical performances, lectures and more designed exclusively for the series.

March 24th FREE After 3 will feature:

  • FREE ACCESS to the Queen Mary from 3PM until closing*
  • Movie screening in the Queen’s Salon. Limited seating for the film screening. (SOLD OUT)
  • $5 ship tours all evening
  • $5 4D-Theater Experience
  • Discounted Parking – $10 flat rate parking after 3PM

The Queen Mary is located at: 1126 Queens Hwy Long Beach, CA

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Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLWith the rain coming in I don’t how likely it is that any of these events will happen….but here’s the information on the slim chance that they do.

There’s only one hike scheduled but there’s a great choice of mountain bikes rides this weekend. Whatever the the weather, have a great one!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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:  3/12/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday March 13, 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:  3/13/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Slow-Paced Mountain Bike Ride: Weir Canyon and Santiago Oaks Regional Park – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slow-paced docent-led mountain bike ride – designed for the intermediate rider who is in excellent shape but needs to move slower in more technical areas – beneath a canopy of coastal live oaks in the historic Weir Canyon Nature Preserve.

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


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Date:  3/13/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Moderate-Paced Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road and Loma Ridge – Irvine Ranch Open Space
This moderate-paced ride – designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills but needs to move slower in more technical areas – climbs approximately 1,600 feet over an 11- to 14-mile journey in 2.5 hours. Participants must wear a helmet and carry water, snacks, spare tubes and tools. Your bike must be trail-worthy and in good working condition.

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


Online Registration

Date:  3/13/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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The Mysterious World of O’Neill 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, arch 13, 2016 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.

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Fishing Derby

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OC Parks invites kids to participate the 2016 Mile Square Park Fishing Derby.

Children ages 15 and under will enjoy a lake that has been freshly stocked with more than 1,000 lbs. of fish just for the derby. Kids can take part in fishing clinics that will be hosted throughout the event. A limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan….and a complimentary barbecue lunch will be served to all who attend!!!

This FREE event is a friendly competion and multiple prizes will be awarded to top competitors in different age groups.

  • When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Derby Registration is from: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Where: Mile Square Regional Park, North Lake, 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
  • Cost: Free, parking is $5.00 per vehicle

For more information, call OC Parks at (714) 973-6600 or (714) 973-3197.

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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.
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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.


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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.


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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

 

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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
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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.

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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
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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.


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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
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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
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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

 

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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
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