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Prehistoric OC

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It’s time to celebrate the history and roots of Orange County at Prehistoric OC! This FREE annual family fun event that is a joint celebration of: International Archaeology Day (October 18th) and National Fossil day (October 15th).

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My family and I loved attending this event last year! You’ll see an explosive Volcano demonstrations, listen to the captivating storyteller Jacque Tahuka Nunez of Journeys to the Past.

Jacque Tahuka-Nunez
Jacque Tahuka-Nunez

See Native American and natural history exhibitors, take part in a Junior Scientist Camp, demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities, food and tons of FUN!

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Kids learn what it’s like to be a paleontologist or archaeologist. Kids will be able to wear hats and decorate their own field vests. They’ll be able to “dig out” artifacts/fossils in two plastic pools filled with “sand” with Docents on hand to help identify their finds. The area will be set up like a field camp, with tents and photographs of real field localities.

Shell Necklace

Some of the Junior Scientist Camp & other activities include:

  • Make Your Own Fossil: Kids make impressions of shells in clay that will harden so they can take home a souvenir.
  • Make Your Own Shell Necklace (or bracelet): Kids will make a real shell bead necklace or bracelet.
  • Rock Art project: Kids will create their own rock art on sheets of brown paper bags with charcoal. They can be painted will watercolors. Area will be decorated with photos of real Native American rock art for inspiration.
  • Treking the Fossil Beds of Clark Park: Talk A guided walk among the geologic formations that have yielded fossils in Clark Park. Each tour will last about 40 minutes. See schedule of events.

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Make sure to visit Los Coyotes Paleontology Museum as well. The Museum will host guided tours to showcase its extensive fossil collection from Orange County. This dinosaur museum features dinosaurs found in Orange County, it’s absolutely awesome!

  • When: Saturday, October 10, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3: 00 pm
  • Where: Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Cost: The event is FREE, there may be activities which require a minimal fee. Parking is FREE.
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Hikes & Bikes

 

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It’s a Hikes & Bikes Weekend!! I do get so excited about the the mountain bike tours even if I can’t make it. Our wonderful Orange County Parks offer FREE guided hikes and mountain bike tours that range from family friendly to challenging. Lace up the shoes and get out there!

Be sure check the Calender for the other great events happening this weekend like the Kids Fishing Derby at Clark Park  and the Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflowers Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers 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.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  6/13/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

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

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  6/13/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, June 14, 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.

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

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Beginning Mountain Bike Ride – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • Parking: Free.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride – 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.)
  • Parking: Free.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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Wilderness Walkers -Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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

  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Kids Fishing Clinic

Kids  Fishing Clinic-page-001Grab your fishing rod! OC Parks is hosting a FREE Fishing Clinic at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. You and the kids will enjoy a morning of fun learning how to fish. This Kids’ Fishing Clinic  is best suited for kids ages 15 and under. The goal is to teach kids kids how to fish, while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from the lake.

Please bring your own fishing pole. If you do not have a fishing pole, a small number may be available for loan. The lake will be stocked with catfish and there will be a two-fish limit. Prizes will be available for the largest fish caught!

Registration is required at the OC Parks Check-in table on the day of the event.

  • When: Saturday, June, 13, 2015 from 7:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosecrans Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Cost: Free, parking fees apply
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Weekend Hikes

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Welcome this is weeks edition  of “Weekend Hikes”. The hikes featured are courtesy of our Orange County Parks. So whether you’re looking for a family friendly hike or a way to get your heart pumping, there’s something for everyone.

All of these events area free, just cover the parking and your set!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saturday Fitness Hike at Willow – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  •  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:  6/6/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Ranger Led Hike To Redwood Grove – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Date:  6/6/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

 

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

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  6/6/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Contact: (714) 973-6835 Add to my iCal: 

Sunday, June 7, 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.

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

Date: 6/7/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Geology and Natural History Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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

  • For ages 10 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/7/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

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Weekend Hikes

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As a family, we love to get out and explore new trails, discover plants and look for animal tracks. If you’re looking for a nice hike this weekend, Orange County Parks offers FREE guided hikes every weekend. The hikes range from family – friendly to challenging.

Although there are only a few chooses this weekend, they all offer something a little different, get out there and explore.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/30/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 31, 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.

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

Date: 5/31/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.  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: 5/31/2015
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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Celebrate Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional Park

Prehistoric OC is a FREE annual family fun event that is a joint celebration of:

International Archaeology Day (October 18th)

and National Fossil day (October 15th)

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Come and Learn the history and deep roots of Orange County, see Native American and natural history exhibitors,a Junior Scientist Camp, demonstrations, lectures, hands-on activities, food and FUN!

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014

Where: Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618
clarkpark@ocparks.com

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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