Tag: getoutthere

2018 National Parks Fee Free Days

ProjectRefinedLife.com

Do have plans for your 3 day weekend? How about a visit one of our National Parks on Monday for FREE!!! There are four days in 2018 that you can visit all National Park Service sites that offer FREE admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

Sequoia National Park

There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.

In addition to the National Park Services Fee Free Days the following Federal Agencies also offer Fee Free Days:

  • Bureau of Land Management: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • U.S. Forest Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 10-11 (Veterans Day Weekend)
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), October 14 (First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day, you must be a veteran, an active and reserve component service member, or a family member to be granted a fee waiver)
  • Bureau of Reclamation: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)

If you have a child in the Fourth grade – Every day is FREE! The Every Kid in a Park Pass provides FREE admission to public lands for your fourth grader and the entire family!!! 

Projectrefinedlife.com
Share

Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service

Image courtesy of nps.gov
Image courtesy of nps.gov

Today marks the 100th birthday of our National Park Service and they are inviting everyone to celebrate with special events and FREE admission to all of the 412 National Parks from today through Sunday, August 28th.

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

Our National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark and attend one of the special events they have planned.

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

We’ve been pretty busy this summer with our summer exploring trips. We’ve visited Sequoia and Kings Canyon as well as two trips to Yosemite. One of which included camping inside Yosemite National Park. The parks are all surrounded with beauty and wonder at every turn.

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

In Yosemite, we were able to go to sleep to the sound of Yosemite Falls in the background and wake up to look up at Half Dome. There is always so much to see and do in our National Parks and never enough time to finish exploring.

JR-Centen-Wood

In addition to their special centennial programs offered through out the country this weekend, the NPS offers their Junior Ranger Program everyday as well as  the special Girl Scout Ranger Program and the Scout Ranger Program for Boy Scouts.

nps-gs-ranger-patch

If you have other plans this weekend – break them and go FindYourPark  (EncuentraTuParque).

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

Don’t forget if you have a 4th grader – your entire family gets into the park for free for a full year with the Every Kid in a Park program.

Every Kid in a Park

Share

Weekend Hikes

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

I thought I’d start the Weekend HIkes post early this week so you could pre-register and plan your weekend. It could be I’m just eager to get out there for some sort of hiking adventures. Remember the OC Parks guided hikes are always free just cover the parking.  Get out there and discover a new trail!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Register Online

Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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.
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Rain will cancel hike.
Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park

Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 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.  $0 $0Hike will be on paved and dirt trails. $0 $0Bring sun protection and water. $0 $0Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center. $0 $0Event is free, registration is not required.  $0 $0
Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 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. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Register Online

Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Sunday, July 3, 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:  7/3/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Share

Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRL

It’s a Hikes & Bikes kind of weekend! Although the list is short it’s a sweet one. No matter what you choose – make sure to get out there this weekend and experience nature.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slower intro-to-cardio hike that incorporates a little more for interpretation along a trail that passes by coastal sage scrub, grasslands and oak woodlands in Weir Canyon.

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


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
California Native Plant Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists 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 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
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.


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, May 15, 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:  5/15/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Share

National Park Week

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

National Park Week is coming up! Find your Park for FREE April 16 to 24, 2016.  Explore trails, open spaces, at one of your national parks!

The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage.

Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park

Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

  • April 16–24: Visit for free!

    Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!

  • April 16: National Junior Ranger Day

    Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids can take part in fun programs and earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger.

  • April 22: Earth Day

    On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.

  • April 23: National Park Instameet

    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

  • April 24: Park Rx Day

    Parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being. (Looking to host your own event? Download A Guide to Planning Your Own National Park Rx Day Celebration [561KB PDF]).

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

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.

Try something new this year. Find your park!
Ranger showing girl insect in creek
Image courtesy of nps.gov

Share

Take a Walk in the Park Day

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

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.

 

Share

Weekend Hikes

WeekendHikes

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.


Online Registration

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
Contact: (949) 923-2210 Add to my iCal: 
Add to my Outlook Calendar: Calendar Sync

Show Event Location on Google Map Map
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
Share

Hike, Bike or Run

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

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.
Click Here for more Info
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
Share

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.


Online Registration

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
Share

Hike, Bike or Run

ProjectRefinedLife.com
ProjectRefinedLife.com

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

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

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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

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


Online Registration

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

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


Online Registration

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

 

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

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


Online Registration

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

 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birding Walk – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile walk through a landscaped suburban parkland setting at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  2/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Car Wreck Fitness Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Long distance, high elevation hike that takes us inside Dripping Cave, up steep Mathis Canyon Trail, then by the old car wreck! Experienced hikers only.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • For ages 15 and up who are capable of an 8-mile, 900-ft. elevation gain hike on very steep and rocky terrain. Be prepared for hot weather, with at least two liters of water, snack, hiking footwear, sunscreen, a hat/sunglasses, and necessary medications.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

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

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation.

  • Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Ages 16 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

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

 

Share