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Hike, Bike or Run

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

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

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/27/2016
Time:  6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series – O’Neill Regional Park
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will motivate you to stay fit during the winter months.
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

 

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Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLThere’s a good variety of OC Parks guided hikes and mountain bike rides this weekend! You can go a hike and learn some Native American History at the Tale and Characters of Santa Ana Mountains Hike. For mountain bikers there are two rides this weekend, one for beginners and one for intermediate riders. Family friendly hikes include one at Upper Newport Bay or Caspers Regional Park.

Get out there, take in some sun and enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tales and Characters of the Santa Ana Mountains – Irvine Ranch Open Space
On this slow-paced hike through the oaks of scenic Limestone Canyon, join us as we share stories of the Native Americans who once made this canyon their home. The tales will include encounters with grizzly bears, cattle driving vaqueros, early American settlers, bandits, and stagecoach robbers. Come prepared with a spirit of adventure!

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/20/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  2/20/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  2/21/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/21/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Moutain Biking – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

  • This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience.
  • Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested.
  • Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Online Registration

Date:  2/21/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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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
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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.

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Date: 11/22/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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2nd Saturday at Ameal Moore

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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
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Introduction to Mountain Biking

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Would you like an introduction to Mountain Biking? The Laguna Canyon Foundation mountain bike trail assistants will be leading a class to go over mountain biking basics and trail etiquette.

The class will include a 6.8-mile ride will include steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Please bring a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.

  • When: Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • Costs: Event and Parking are FREE

Online Registration is required. Contact (949) 923-2235 with any questions.

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Get Out There!

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

There are more than just a few things to do today, get out there! Visit the calendar to get all the details!

  • Kidvasion @ locations throughout San Diego 
  • Solar Decathlon @ The Great Park
  • Spooky Science @ Discovery Cube OC
  • Star Wars Reads Day @ Locations throughout the nation 
  • Weekend Hikes @ OC Parks 
  • JPL Open House @ JPL
  • Poker Ride @ Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park 
  • Drop In and Draw @ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 
  • Garden Share @ The Coastkeeper Garden 
  • Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch @ Irvine Park Railroad
  • Kids Club Crafts @ Michaels
  • Prehistoric OC @ Ralph Clark Regional Park
  • Discover Nature Family Program @ Oak Canyon Nature Center
  • 2nd Saturday’s @ Ameal Moore Nature Center
  • FREE Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Centers
  • Autumn Festival at Heritage Hill @ Heritage Hill Historical Park 
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