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Weeknd Hikes

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 This weekends OC Park Hikes and Bikes features the “Edible and Useful Plant Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This Hike is lead by Karin Klein, Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist and author of Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in Orange County- Explorer’s 50 Hikes (Affilate Link).

This special hike shows hikers the useful plants that can be found locally that are both edibile and serve as valuable medicines, making it my “Pick of the Week”.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Edible and Useful Plant Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Early pioneers found their uses for local and introduced plants, and now science is finding out about potentially valuable medicines in our wild backyard. Learn about these edible and useful plants during a moderate, but steep, uneven 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, Karin Klein (author of 50 Hikes in Orange County)

  • 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.


Online Registration

Date:  3/21/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Guided Interpretive Hike at 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:  3/21/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Just Beyond the Spring Equinox – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy the canyon views, look for wildflowers and find out what “makes the spring” on this interpretive, moderate, 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and OC Parks staff.

  • 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 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  3/21/2015
Time:  2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 22, 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.

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

Date: 3/22/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Birding Walk at 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 (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/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 3/22/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

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Weekend Hikes

WeekendHikesAre you ready to spring forward with one of these OC Parks Guided Hikes? It’s going to a beautiful weekend, get out there a soak up some sunshine!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Geology and Natural History Hike at 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 3/7/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Redwood Hike at 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 9:30 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: 3/7/2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike at 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: 3/7/2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, March, 8, 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.

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

Date: 3/8/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Wilderness Walking Club at 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

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Date: 3/8/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Weekend Hikes & Bikes

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This weekend has a sweet variety of hikes and two mountain biking options, one for beginning and one for intermediate, both of them sound like a blast!

My pick for the week is the Valentine’s Day Walk: Love in the Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This sounds like a fun and challenging hike that would warrant a nice little lunch at one of the Laguna Beach eateries afterwards. Sounds like a perfect way to spend Valentines morning.

Saturday, February 14, 2105

California Native Plants in the Winter at 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 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Walk: Love in the Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy the canyon views, look for early wildflowers and learn about love in the wild on this moderate, 2-mile hike over steep and rocky terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and OC Parks staff.

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


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center.  The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the upland areas of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.

  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required
  • Call 949-923-2275 or email unbic@ocparks.com
Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Guided Interpretive Hike at 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:  2/14/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5 mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.

  • 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.


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 15, 2105

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.

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

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

New Year’s Resolution Beginning Mountain Bike Riding at Aliso & Wood Canyons 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.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • 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) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Winter Morning Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride at Aliso & Wood Canyons 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.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • 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) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 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. Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Meet at the Shelter 3 parking lot.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Slither into Nix Nature Center

Nix Nature Center

It’s almost time the resident snakes at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to stretch out in the sun after their long winter brumation. They will have some live (if not yet lively) local snakes for you to drop in and visit.

You can also enjoy the brand new video about snakes in the park.  Find out what to do if you encounter a snake in the trail…and how snakes are useful to people. Make a snake to take.

  • When: Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where:18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651- 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Cost: Event is Free – Parking is $3  per vehicle.

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Leafing Around

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Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff and be ready to Leaf Around. Explore leaves in their many shapes, sizes and textures.

Enjoy a leaf story, a leaf song, leafing around, a leafy snack and make your own leafy Valentines Day card then go on an easy half-mile walk.

  • Friday, February 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
  • Event is FREE – Parking is $3.00
  • Ages 3 and up with a parent or adult.
  • 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). 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

This event requires Online Registration and will fill up quickly. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.

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Weekends at Nix Center

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Come to “Weekends at the Nix Nature Center” at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for American Indian Stories, Toys and Games.

Jacque Tahuka-Nunez
Jacque Tahuka-Nunez

Join the talented Acjachemen performer, Jacque Nunez, as she transports you into the life and traditions of the Acjachemen people – and into the world of our shared past.  Jacque Nunez’s presentation will be at 2:00 p.m. Make your own American Indian toys, games, and craft items to take home!  Learn to use a pump drill!

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • 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/vehicle.
  • Program is free.


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Weekend Hikes

Image from OC Parks

Image from OC Parks

Rains is on it’s way…at least that’s what the weather prediction is. So just in case it’s true- get out there this weekend and soak up some sunshine on one of these OC Parks Hikes.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Explore the beauty and diversity of Willow Canyon,Bommer Ridge, and Emerald Canyon in the      backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7.2-mile hike (650-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep, and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and along ridges with beautiful vistas.

  •  Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances.
  • For you safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes.
  • Ages 15 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle


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Date:  1/24/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Moulton Peak Geology Hike
OC Parks – 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. Bring a sense of adventure!

  • This hike is not for beginners!
  • Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice.
  • 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 or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 15 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Online Reservations Link

Date:  1/24/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 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 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:  1/24/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike
OC Parks – 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: 1/25/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Meditating in Nature
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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

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Date: 1/25/2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
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Climb Little Sycamore Trail

Image from OC Parks
Image from OC Parks

Climb Little Sycamore trail with your family and friends, elevated by the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., our brilliant and compassionate American hero.

This is a special self-guided hike with inspirational quotes to lift your spirit as you climb. From the ridge, enjoy the view. At the Nix Nature Center, add a person to our wilderness park chain of love and peace.

This moderate 2-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 400-ft elevation gain. Recommended for hikers ages 8 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).

Reservations required. Sign-up online here. For questions call: 949-497-8324.

  • When: Monday, January 19, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Nix Nature Center
  • Costs: FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated
  • Parking: $3:00
  • Difficulty: Variable
  • Minimum Age: 8
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Weekend Hikes – January 3 & 4, 2015

Let’s do this!!! Okay,this may just be my excitement coming through for one of my New Year’s resolutions but really, what better way to get in shape then going hiking!

If your new here, welcome! This is a weekly post of OC Park’s weekend’s hikes. All of these hikes are led by an OC Park Ranger or by a staff member of OC Parks. One of the hikes in this weekend’s edition is the monthly “Carbon Canyon Redwood Hike”, this is a great hike for families. It’s an easy trek that comes complete with the reward of seeing a grove of Redwood trees right here in Orange County. I hope you find a hike that’s inspiring for you. Happy hiking!

Laguna Coast Park

Saturday, January 3, 2015

It’s a Dilley of a Hike
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Raise your spirits as well as your heart rate on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  • Ages 15 and up.
  • 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/vehicle.
  • Contact (949) 923-2235

Online Registration

Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Nature Walk
OC Parks – O’Neill Regional Park

Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

 

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Contact: (949) 923-2260

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Redwood Hike
OC Parks – 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 9:30 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
  • Contact: (714) 973-3160

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 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 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
  • Contact: (714) 973-6835
Date: 1/3/2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike
OC Parks – 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: 1/4/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.

  • Ages 8 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 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

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Date: 1/4/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Take your Little Ones on a Treeventure

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff to explore our local trees and the wildlife that uses them.  Enjoy a tree story, a tree song, a tree-venture, a tree-snack, and decorate your own tree necklace!  An easy half-mile walk.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, this month at 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).
  • Friday, January 2, 2015
  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Ages 3 and up.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle

Online Registration

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