Category: Explore

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

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Yesterday, my girls and I had a wonderful afternoon at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary located in the lovely Modjeska Canyon. The drive through the wooded streets sets the pace for what’s in store.

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 As you pull into the sanctuary, you can immediately feel the charm of this special spot that is tucked away at the end of the end of the road.

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The Nature Science Center is a great combination of exploration, hands on STEM activities, live animals, a gift shop and even has a few snacks available. There is plenty for the little’s to do and the staff is friendly and helpful.

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The sanctuary is a peaceful place to observe, discover and explore. As you walk there is a helpful tips for everyone to get the best results for observation of wildlife and to be respectful of habitats that exist here. There are maps available at the entrance to guide you there the 12 acre preserve.

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The sanctuary has tree lined paved and dirt paths with surprises around every corner. The sanctuary is the home to a 70 year old tortoise named “Henry”. The day was cold so Henry was in hiding when we visited.

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The dirt paths inside the sanctuary were closed as it had just rained but we had a great time exploring the rest of the sanctuary and sitting in the Observation Porch.

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After taking in the beauty of the sanctuary we visited the Sensory Garden and hiked the Chaparral Trail, which is a short but moderate hike. The well maintained dirt trail has a gorgeous natural stairway to some fantastic views and observation spots.

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Be sure to use the spotting scopes at both the Sanctuary and on the Chaparral Trail or bring a pair of binoculars for even better views.

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If you’re looking for a more adventurous hike or a mountain bike ride, try the Harding Truck Trail. This is said to be a challenging trail/ride. Please visit Alltrails.com and MTBproject.com for more details.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting an Open House on December 29, 30 & 31, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. This is a walk-in program and pre-registration is not required for individuals. The open house will include somthing for the entire family to do.

  • Enjoy a guided easy one hour nature walk at 12:00 pm. An Animal Aambassador will tell stories about local history and talk about the wildlife that visits Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Children can make nature themed crafts, such as bird feeders, a sun catcher a reindeer hat and more
  • Sip on FREE Hot Apple cider and cookies in the Nature Science Center (while supplies last)
  • Learn all about the flora and fauna of Orange County from the staff

Although there is no entrance fee to visit the sanctuary, donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested donations is $3.00 per person Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and operated by California State University, Fullerton. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be closed on Thursday Dec. 24 and Friday Dec. 25, as well as New Years Day.

The sanctuary hosts several special events during the year including, Summerfest, Bat Night and a Gray Wolf presentation from Wolf Totem Ambassadors.

Weekend Hikes

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Take a Hike! No really, take a hike this weekend with OC Parks. OC Parks offers FREE guided hikes every weekend. The hikes are always free just cover the parking fee but you can always buy the annual parking pass and wipe out that parking for the year.

Saturday, December 13, 2015

Laurel Loop Geology Hike at 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  12/12/2015
Time:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 12/13/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Sunday Family Fun Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones.

  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.
  • For ages 7 and up
  • Parking: Free
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservation

Date: 12/13/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Hoot’s There Night Hike

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Come see Santiago Oaks Regional Park in the dark! Santiago Oaks has some beautiful trails but here’s the change to have the Park rangers lead you in a moonless night hike where you can listen for the sounds of the night and discover who visits the park after the sun has set.

Activities will include a visit to the Nature Center, a short video presentation and a hike through the wilderness area.

  • When: Friday, December 12, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Santiago Oaks regional Park,2145 N. Windes Dr, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: FREE (parking fees may apply) Registration is required, please register online.

This hike is best suited for children 12+, please keep in mind – this is an outdoor event, dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Sorry, no dogs allowed on the hike.

The next night hike will take place at Peters Canyon Regional Park on Friday, January 8, 2016.

Weekend Hikes

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This weekend OC Parks is providing plenty of guided hikes that range from family friendly to challenging. The hikes are always free, just cover the parking. No excuses, get out there!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. The class will be followed by an easy  2-mile hike on level terrain.  We will cover boots, day packs, poles, clothing and the ten most essential items to have in your pack.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  12/5/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center.

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

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: FREE!

Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or emailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com

Parking: $5 per vehicle

RAIN WILL CANCEL HIKE!

Date:  12/5/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy the trails around it.  The Hike will last approximately one hour-dependent on weather and will be on both paved and dirt trails with some stairs.  No formal program, but we will talk about whatever we discover along the way.  Bring sun protection and water.  We will meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.

  • No fee or reservations required, but recommended for groups greater than four people.
  • Call 949-923-2290 or emailunbic@ocparks.com to register groups
  • No pets please
Date:  12/5/2015
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
HO HO Night Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Our annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.

The Ho Ho Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including:

  • A visit to the Nature Center
  • Hot coca and cookies
  • A live animal presentation
  • A hike through the wilderness area

Parking and the event are FREE!

Space is limited. Please call to register:

(714) 973-3160 or e-mailcarboncanyon@ocparks.com

Date:  12/5/2015
Time:  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Sunday, December 6, 2105

Car Wreck Fitness Hike at 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 or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3/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.
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservation

Date: 12/6/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 12/6/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

International Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Santa_Ana_Zoo_LogoThe Santa Ana Zoo will host their annual “International Day with the Critters” tomorrow, December 5, 2015. Guests will take a “trip around the world” exploring and discovering international stations throughout the Zoo and getting their “passports” stamped. Each station will feature an animal from a different country around the world. Live entertainment, games, storytelling, special children’s crafts and educational activities will take place throughout the day.

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Image courtesy of Santa Ana Zoo Facebook page

Guests of International Day with the Critters will be among the first to experience the Zoo’s “Winter Zoobilation” the zoo is decorated in full winter mode with a frosty theme, fairy lights and falling snow. Winter Zoobilialtion will be on display December 1 – 31, 2015.

Both International Day with the Critter and Winter Zoobiliation are included with regular admission, members get in FREE.

The Zoo is  open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under 3 are free.

You can also purchase tickets for the Conservation Carrousel, rides are $3 each. Zoofari Express Train Rides are $4 each, and combo tickets are $6 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free. Look into the benefits of membership and enjoy free and discounted admission to other local zoo’s. To become a Member of the Zoo, please call (714) 953-8555 x13.

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is located at 1801 Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

Ho Ho Night Hike

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Come to Carbon Canyon Regional Park and see it in a completely different setting – in the dark! We did this hike last year and loved it. Carbon Canyon’s annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.

The Ho Ho Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including: A visit to the Nature Center,
hot coca and cookies, a live animal presentation and a guided hike through the wilderness area.

Space is limited, please email carboncanyon@ocparks.com or call (714) 973-3160 to register.

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Carbon Canyon regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road
    Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: Event and parking are FREE

Introduction to Day-Hiking Skills

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Join the Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in a classroom and an outdoor setting to learn about outdoor hiking skills. This FREE class will be followed by an easy 2-mile hike on level terrain.

They will cover boots, day packs, poles, clothing and the ten most essential items to have in your pack.

The class takes place at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

Online Registration is required or call (949) 923-2235 for more information.

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 8:00 – 11:00 am
  • Where: Nix Nature Center, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Cost: Class is FREE, parking is $3.00 per vehicle

Artisan Marketplace

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Image courtesy of encenter.org

Looking for some unique gifts for Christmas? Environmental Nature Center is giving you the most awesome opportunity to get some shopping done while walking the family friendly trails, enjoy some music and attend a few workshops at their Artisan Marketplace.

Only ENC would give you the chance to walk their gorgeous trails while you shop for handmade gifts from 50 local artisans offering a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable, arts and crafts. If you work up an appetite grab some food from one of the food vendors.

Your friends and family will love that you cared enough about them to think about their planet when you purchased their unique gift. Be a positive part of the local economy!

  • When: Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: $2 entry fee, kids 10 and under are FREE (All fees go directly to the ENC’s environmental education programs)

Family Fossil Day

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Come and explore Ralph B. Clark’s Park’s FREE Family Fossil Day for hands on fun the whole family can enjoy while learning about Clark Park’s rich fossil history.

A certified paleontologist will be on hand to guide the group throughout the three hour program that begins promptly at 9:30 am. The tour starts at the interpretive center followed a hike to the marine fossil site (Must be 6 years and older for hike)

The free family friendly event will be held at The Los Coyotes Interpretive Center, located inside Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, no reservations are required.

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2105 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Where: Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosecrans Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Cost: The Event is FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle

For more information and directions call (714) 973-3170.

Weekend Hikes

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Ok, time to work off that Turkey! OC Parks makes it easy with these FREE guided hikes. Every weekend OC Parks hosts FREE guided hikes, just pay the parking fee, usually between $3.00 – $5.00 or FREE if you have an OC Park Annual Pass.

Get out there!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Let’s Go Hiking! – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes.

  • Ages 15 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  11/28/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 11/29/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 11/29/2015
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 AM

Family Science Sundays

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

Come to the Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center for Family Science Sundays. Once a month, families enjoy FREE activities with a different educational theme to explore inside the Muth Interpretive Center classroom.

 

Muth Interpretive Center

All the activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. The classroom has plenty for your children to explore: live animals, puzzles, games, puppets and the most lovely tree house that the kids adore.

Be sure to ask the front desk about the 12 minute movie in the theater. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

  • When: Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE

Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLGrab your hiking boots and clean your bike, this weekend is the perfect  time to #optoutside with OC Parks for a FREE guided hike or a guided mountain bike ride. Parking is between $3.00 – $5.00 depending on the park. The weather is perfect, have fun!

 Saturday, November 21, 2015

Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy the trails around it.  The Hike will last approximately one hour-dependent on weather and will be on both paved and dirt trails with some stairs.  No formal program, but we will talk about whatever we discover along the way.  Bring sun protection and water.  We will meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.

  • No fee or reservations required, but recommended for groups greater than four people.
  • Call 949-923-2290 or emailunbic@ocparks.com to register groups
  • No pets please
Date:  11/21/2015
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, November 22, 2105

Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Spot native and spring migrating 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 (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block; Dilley is on the right).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 11/22/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 11/22/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 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 or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 11/22/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Storymakery

Images from Storymakery Facebook page
Images from Storymakery Facebook page

My daughter is extremely interested in writing and illustrating her own books. When I told about this place she was jumping up and down. If you have a child who loves to write or draw, don’t miss the grand opening of Storymakery®.

Storymakery®, is described as “the first self-publishing experience designed especially for children”. The experience at Storymakery encourages children to use their creativity, cognitive and artistic expression to help them create a story while being preserved within a tangible keepsake.

Your child can customize their own experience based on their own interest, reading and writing skill levels, and time availability. The time they spend there can range 20-minute to a one-hour visit. Children use the kid-friendly Storymakery technology to complete one or more of the following activities:

·        Design a storybook character

·        Work one-on-one with a staff “Muse” to create a story at the Writing Studio

·        If short on time, design their very own poster

·        Publish the story as a book to take home

·        Save their content and continue writing more stories at home

The Grand Opening event takes place this Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The celebration comes complete with complimentary cupcakes, coffee (that is motivation enough for me), face-painting and balloons. Door prizes will also be on hand for the first 10 customers. The first 25 customers will receive a complimentary goody bag and 25 percent off their purchases.

StoryMakery is located at Irvine Spectrum Center, 825 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA

Visit their Facebook page for their offer to save 25% off a $75.00 purchase. 

More information about Storymakery is available at www.storymakery.com or by calling (949) 396-1840. Storymakery can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Star Party at Caspers

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Come for a grand tour of the universe!  Join our amateur astronomers for a guided tour of the young crescent moon and other constellations.

Learn myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe wonders of the night sky including galaxies, star clusters, and double stars.

  • When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Cost: Event is Free, parking $5.00 per vehicle

Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the Park at (949) 923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information.

Weekend Hikes

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

Are you ready for the Weekend? OC Parks offers some great FREE guided hikes in our OC Parks. Get your hiking boots and try out one of these hikes this weekend.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

California Native Plants and Wildflower Hike at  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with a 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  11/14/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Sunday, November 15, 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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 11/15/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Sunday Family Fun Hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones.

  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike for ages 7 and up.
  • 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 M-F or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.


Online Registration

Date:  11/15/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Morning Walk Around the Lake at Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists.

  • Ages 8 & up welcome
  • Dogs on leashes welcome
  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3)
  • Online reservations required:www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324
  • Parking: $5/vehicle.
Date:  11/15/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Moulton Peak Geology Hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join LCF 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!
  • Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure!
  • Ages 15 and up.
  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: Free.


Online Registration

Date:  11/15/2015
Time:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

2nd Saturday at Ameal Moore

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Image from mysycamorecanyon.com

Join Ameal Moore Nature Center in Riverside for their Second Saturdays event as they go all out for owls!  Owls are some of nature’s most fascinating creatures and in Riverside they’re lucky enough to have several species!

Come into the nature center for a fun owl themed day as we discuss owls and dissect owl pellets!  This event is free and family friendly.  Children’s crafts will be provided.

  • When: Saturday, November `114, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Ameal Moore Nature Center is located at 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (map)
  • Cost: FREE