Keep It Wild Volunteer Day – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival offers free family fun for everyone! Visitors will have the opportunity to touch live snakes, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test the water, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include a jump tent, food sales, and guided tours of the reserve!
Join in for the unveiling of the Bolsa Chica app (available on iOS)! Have all you ever wanted to know about Bolsa Chica in your pocket! This app is host to information about Bolsa Chica’s natural flora and fauna, from the iconic Great Blue Heron to the vibrant Pink Sand Verbena; this app has it all!
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 3842 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA
More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution, In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests.
In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.
In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them. The 7th annual KelpFest, will be on April 17th, 2016 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.
There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.
Schedule of events:
9:00am Kelpfest begins
9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
10:00am Musical performances begin
Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
Docent led tide pool tours
Arts and crafts for kids
Live musical performances
Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!
When: Saturday, April 17, 2016 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s time for Family Day at the Beall. Children and families of all ages are invited to enjoy free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.
Through Family Day activities, the Beall Center seeks to stir the imagination and motivate young people to delve into the basics of science, computer programming, and visual literacy—skills that will be critical to the next generation’s success in the workplace and in life.
Some of the exhibits from last year’s event included:
Beall Center Exhibition
University Art Gallery Exhibition
Optricks & Optobotics .
OC Mini Maker Faire
CTSA Summer Academies
ANTXplore Demonstrations and displays
Inspire Charter Schools
Design Model Making & Prototyping
Family Day events include hands on art and science activities, art and technology demonstrations, videos and more. A fun-filled day for the entire family.
When: Saturday, April 17, 2016, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: The Beall Center for Art + Technology – Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI campus, Building 712 Arts Plaza – Click here for a campus map
Cost: the event and parking are FREE
Family Day is made possible through the generous support of the Beall Family Foundation.
Today is FREE Cone Day!!! It’s no secret that Ice Cream is one my weaknesses and today it’s FREE! Ben & Jerry’s invites everyone to enjoy a FREE cone. They even encourage you to get back in line for another!
Did you know that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors contain 100% non-GMO ingredients? For maximum effect on Free Cone Day 2016, try one of their fruit-infused flavors, like Strawberry Cheesecake or Cherry Garcia, yum!!!
Since 1979, Free Cone Day is Ben & Jerry’s way of thanking their fans for being awesome! The FREE cone’s start being served at noon today through 8:00 pm – So start thinking about which flavor (or flavor’s) you’re going to get.
Discovery Science Day is a great event offered by Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). Mt. SAC extends an invitation to all 4th – 7th grade students to explore areas of science and math. The theme this year is “SUSTAINABILITY – Keep Calm and Green On“.
On Saturday, May 14th, Join Mt. SAC as they emphasize the use of science and math to preserve our natural resources. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
For just $7.00 kids get a full day with the choice of programming and a T-Shirt!Parents are encouraged to accompany and supervise their children in attendance and will not be charged to attend the event with their kids.
In addition to the programs there will be ongoing Sustainability Demonstrations by Collegewood Robotics Club as well as Sustainability Booths.
An In-n-Out truck will be on-site for lunch, after lunch the entire family can enjoy a tour of the B.J. Meek Museum Tours to visit the large animal collection and tours of the Wildlife Sanctuary.
7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration and t-shirt pick up (T-shirt for all student participants!)
9:00 – 9:30 am
Welcome and Tribute to Dr. Debbie Boroch
9:30 – 10:15 am
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Lawlor, Professor of Anthropology- “Sustainability: Lessons from the Ruins of Past Civilizations”
10:30am – 12pm
Breakout Session Activities: Register for one 90 minute “Rockets” Planetarium activity OR two Break Session activities A & B (once each).
Lunch! By the In-N-Out truck!
1 -2 pm
Family Tours of the Mt. SAC Wildlife Sanctuary and B.J. Meek Museum
Breakout Session Activities:
Planetarium Rocket Building (10:30am – 12pm)
Make, design, build and launch your own rocket at the Mt. SAC-Randall Planetarium. Our rocket experts will teach you how to build a high flying rocket that can go as high as 100 feet. Because our rockets are made of light weight materials they’re safe enough to catch! Rockets can be launched multiple times at the planetarium and at the end of the day you can take your rocket home to keep!
Pick 2 Breakout Sessions A & B (10:30am – 12pm, 40 minute program each)
Animal Science: Aquapotty: Poop in the Water is not Always a Bad Thing! Join us in discovering the sustainable relationship between fish, poop, and growing plants. In this session we will be exploring how fish facilitate the growing of plants and the process to test the water for chemical by-products.
Biology: Eat insects for protein? Discover the nutritional content and environmental sustainability of eating insects as a source of protein. The United Nations has suggested insects as a positive dietary choice everyone in the world should consider. Many countries around the world already do it!
Horticulture: Be Loyal to Your Soil: Compost! Discover the immense value of composting.
Math: Water Balloon Launcher: Projectile Motion In this activity, students will launch water balloons at various containers. Students will investigate what determines how far the water balloon will travel. Come learn how to adjust the path a balloon takes by aiming for water collection containers. How can water be collected after a rain storm? What can we do to collect water at our homes? Come learn about projectile motion and how to recover water.
Biology: Explore the Secrets in Plants!
Did you know that the 1st medicine used to treat disease came from a tree? Come and see what you can make from plants. Many medicines used today come from some part of a plant; flowers, stems, roots, even the bark of a tree. Come learn about how to make medicines from plants. You can make your own soap, tea, lotion and chapstick to take home!
Ocean Sciences: Our Amazing Blue Planet–Where Would We Be Without a Healthy Ocean?
A day at the beach–don’t we all enjoy it? Yikes! Climate change, trash, overfishing and resource exploitation are threatening our oceans. Learn what you can do to be part of the solutions for a healthy planet.
Chemistry: How is “Oil” (Petroleum) Different from “Oil” (Vegetable)? The word oil is generally used for two different substances. Petroleum oil is a non-renewable material commonly used to make fuels such as gasoline and diesel. Vegetable oils, such as olive oil and canola oil, are renewable substances generally used for cooking and eating. Both types of oil are chemically similar. Did you know the oil used at fast food restaurants to cook French Fries can be used to run diesel engines? We will explore similarities and differences between these two types of oil and examine products created from the oils.
Chemistry: Camping, Sunlight and S’mores! Have you ever gone camping or backpacking? What are some essentials that you’ll need in order to stay alive and enjoy the great outdoors? Come and learn how to capture the power of the sun to purify water and cook your food. You will get a chance to see our solar camping truck in action and roast marshmallows over a sustainable fire to make a delicious S’more.
Planetarium Shows Learn more about climate change with our new planetarium show “Dynamic Earth.” Then get a new appreciation for the sun by looking at the sun through a solar telescope. (If cloudy, we will see the planetarium show “Secrets of the Sun” instead.
When: May 14, 2016 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Mt. San Antonio College is located at 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut, CA 91789. Registration at building 13 near Lot G, activities end near Lot B! (see map)
Cost: $7.00 per child, parents are free. Parking is Free in Lot G by Building 13 (Design Technology Center) and in Lot B at the north/east corner of Temple and Grand.
“A Ticket to Explore JPL” is a new approach to that one special weekend a year when JPL opens its doors to the public and display all the ways they are exploring the solar system and beyond.
If they’ve ever attended a JPL you know how overwhelming it can get., due to this JPL is trying a new approach this year. This new approach will provide a safe and enjoyable experience to all attendees.
Tickets for this event are FREE, but limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of tickets per family is five. To enter JPL, you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferrable.
Tickets will be required for entry. In prior years you could RSVP to JPL Facebook page so they could get an idea of the turn out, this is not the cause this year. Tickets will be required and will help with crowd control.
Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100
Don’t forget to check out www.nationalparkweek.org. There you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While you’re there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.
Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the second annual STEAM Carnival on Saturday, April 30th. This carnival puts a creative twist on the traditional carnival. This family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
Pre-sale tickets are available now! Discover, experiment, learn and play as a family with a variety of STEAM activities, games, animal exhibit, live performances, prizes and so much more!
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Market Place, Irvine at the Edwards Courtyard, located at 13782 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
Cost: Tickets are $4 online pre-sale and $5 at the door. The first 350 attendees will also receive a limited-edition tote bag.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ipsf.net/steam-carnival. All proceeds earned from the event goes directly to benefit the schools in the Irvine Unified School District.
The weather is GORGEOUS this weekend. No Excuses….get out there this weekend. Here’s a list of guided hikes provided FREE compliments of Orange County Parks, just cover the parking fee.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center.
Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.
All ages (small children may have to be carried).
Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
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
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block.
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 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
I haven’t been on my road bike in over 11 years (that’s me on the right…just kidding) and I do believe it’s time to dust my beloved road bike and get it tuned up!
The “Women’s Bike Racing for Beginners” event hosted by The Unlikely Cyclist (an awesome specialty bike shop in Costa Mesa) has sparked an interest in me. This is what this blog is all about, things that inspire me, refine my life and hopefully yours too.
The Unlikely Cyclist is a women’s specific cycling boutique. This very unique bike shop that started from a blog (and yet again…I’m feeling inspired) and turned into a shop that specializes in empowering all women regardless of age, size or ability to excel in the sport of road cycling.
This fun event is an introduction to the world of women’s bike racing. This is the perfect way to get women involved and learn (or re-learn) about road racing.
The event will be taught by Priscilla Savord (an actual CAT 1 racer), Priscilla will teach you how to corner safely, distribute your weight effectively, protect your front wheel and more. This is an awesome opportunity to have some fun, learn some new skills or re-kindle some old ones.
When: Friday, April 7, 2016, check in at 5:15 pm. The clinic begins at 5:30 pm and is followed by a “race” at 6:00 pm.
Today is the (unofficial) official “Take a Walk in the Park Day” (any excuse will do for me). That’s right, get out there today and take a walk in the park.
According to Everybodywalk.org going on regular walks has a very positive effect on your overall health and well-being. In fact they also say that walking in natural environments, such as parks, trails, and other green spaces has proven that people enjoy higher levels of health and well-being.
Walking in nature promotes total health, both physical and mental. An example of this can be seen by looking at the body’s relationship with stress after walking through an urban and a green environment. In one study, groups of university students were taken on walks through a forest and the city. Saliva samples taken from the participants before and after each of the walks demonstrated that the experience of walking through the forest reduced the participants’ levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, to a greater extent than did the city walk.
Walking in a natural setting reduces stress, promotes calm & relaxation, helps short term memory and helps the attention span of children with ADHD.
Find a trail at one of your local regional or local parks today. You can help the movement by posting a picture with the hashtag #takeawalkintheparkday.
Make sure you save the date to attend “Imaginology – Full Steam Ahead” as it returns to the OC Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy creates a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more.
There was so much to do last year – we attended 2 days and I still we still missed things. There are hands-on workshops and exhibits, children can discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields.
Explore the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm and develop a green thumb through various gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table. Live demonstrations will include a blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.
Guests of all ages can compete in the free Scarecrow Contest on Saturday and the Sawhorse Contest on Sunday held in Country Meadows. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top entries. Youth Project entries will be on display in the Action Gallery to showcase the talents of local youth in a variety of subjects including fine arts, poetry, science and engineering, fashion design and more.
Local professionals and Imaginology staff will lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, tie-dyeing, painting, sculpting and other crafts. Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.
Attendees can discover some of the oldest inventions in technology and engineering in the Conrado Sanchez Technology Museum such as the first home computer and vintage gaming equipment, cameras, phones and typewriters. Also on display throughout Imaginology will be underwater robots, classic cars, module trains, vintage fire engines and a steam-powered engine.
Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner performer in one of the many performing and musical arts hands-on experiences. For music enthusiasts, karaoke and marimba lessons, xylophone, tuba and a collection of other musical instruments are featured in the Action Gallery. Mini drama classes, aerial arts and horse vaulting are more activities children can see and try.
More free fun includes family-friendly entertainment, giant Jenga and chess, Physical Physics – the Science of Hooping, potato sack races, pretend play at the Pet Vet and Pretend Farm and a variety of hands-on learning experiences with live reptiles, insects and more.
When: April 15-17 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday
Did you know you can hike the Redwoods right here in Orange County? Carbon Canyon Regional Park has a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwood trees. This grove of redwoods were planted in 1975 with many of the trees standing over 100 feet tall. Not bad being that this is far from their normal growing conditions in Northern California.
image from greenadventures.com
Carbon Canyon Regional Park is adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, which has 14,000 acres of protected park land (which just happens to have some great mountain biking). In addition to their most popular hike (to see the Orange County Redwoods) Carbon Canyon Regional Park has an interpretive center, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing, playgrounds, walking and hiking trails.
To tour the Redwoods at Carbon Canyon you can join OC Parks trained staff for an easy 1.1 mile hike to the redwoods. Use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about native plants along the way.
The hike takes place on the first Saturday of each month. The hike begins at the Nature Center located at the east end of the the park. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. All ages (small children may have to be carried). Reservations are preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea CA 92823