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Weekend Hikes Dec. 13 – 14, 2014

Be sure to call OC Parks or check the website http://ocparks.com/ for cancellation of any scheduled events due to the rain.wpid-2014-12-10_11.48.27.jpg

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nature Hike  at 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

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  12/13/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Morning Walk at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preseve -Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center, please meet on the patio at 8:45am.  Restrooms and water fountain are available. The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the uplands area of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.  Minimal interpretation, but questions are welcomed.

  •  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register
Date:  12/13/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike @ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate  paced 3-mile hike (535-ft. elevation gain) over steep, rocky and uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  12/13/2014
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 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:  12/13/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, December 14, 2104

Ranger Led Naure Hike at Caspers Regional 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: 12/14/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
A Walk in the Park at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park – Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile, level terrain, leisurely hike (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian (near water) and grassland habitats. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer.

  • 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations

Date: 12/14/2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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Hike off that Turkey

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After a delicious and (hopefully) relaxing day with the family, OC parks has plenty of choices for you to Hike off that Turkey.

Here’s your Hiking opportunities.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Wobble Walk at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Walk off your Thanksgiving dinner on this slow-paced, 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with 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:  11/28/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Orange Friday at Irvine Regional Park – After overeating and hitting up the post-Thanksgiving sales, come out to the park to burn off some extra calories and get in the holiday spirit! OC Parks invites you to the first “Orange Friday” at Irvine Regional Park.Orange Friday is a family-friendly event with something for everyone! There will be three options available:

  • A Santa Cruise for the mountain bikers.
  • A Snowman Stroll for the hikers. There will also be a ranger-led interpretive hike beginning at 3 p.m.
  • A Rudolph Ride for the equestrians.

Costumes are encouraged based on your category. Come dressed to impress, as prizes will be awarded to the best dressed in each category. There will be plenty of giveaways! No one will go home empty handed!

This is a FREE event, parking is $3 per vehicle.

1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Click Here for more Info

Date:  11/28/2014
Time:  2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nature Walk at O’Neill Regional Park – Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn aboutTrabuco 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

30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  11/29/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Intrepretive Hike at 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

1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Date:  11/29/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, November 30, 2104

Ranger Led Nature Hike at 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: 11/30/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

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OC Parks Weekend Hikes before our Thanksgiving Day Feasts.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Let’s Go Hiking at 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.

  • Donation: $2/person.


Online Registration

Date: 

11/22/2014

Time: 

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Nature Walk at 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

O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
(949)923-2260 or (949)923-2256
oneillpark@ocparks.com

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date: 

11/22/2014

Time: 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpetive Hike at 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

    Irvine Regional Park
    1 Irvine Park Road
    Orange, CA 92869
    (714) 973-6835 or (714) 973-3173
    irvinepark@ocparks.com

Date: 

11/22/2014

Time: 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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.

  • Donation: $2/person.


Online Registration

Date: 

11/23/2014

Time: 

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Ranger Led Nature Walk at 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.

Caspers Wilderness Park
33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395)
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Date:

11/23/2014

Time:

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

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Weekend Hikes

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Looking to sneak in some extra exercise before Thanksgiving? Hiking just may be the way to go.

Besides the health benefits, hiking is something the entire family can have fun doing. My girls love going on family hikes and exploring along the way. Hiking doesn’t any require special equipment or any special level of expertise to get started.

The following are guided hikes that range from family friendly to challenging and give you the chance to explore some of our gorgeous O.C. Parks.

 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nature WalkO’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

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Morning Fitness Hike
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, please meet on the patio at 8:45am.  Restrooms and water fountain are available. The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the uplands area of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.  Minimal interpretation, but questions are welcomed.

  •  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register
Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate but fast-paced, steep and rocky, 4.8-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain).

  • Ages 12 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.
  • Donation: $2/person.


Online Registration

Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike
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:  11/8/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Don’t forget the Hoot N’ Howling Night Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park – this is a great family hike with fun activities for the kids. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Fitness Hike
Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Enjoy a fresh, coastal breeze as you get your workout in the park on this strenuous fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (1,100-ft elevation gain). Hike through lush Wood Canyon and up surrounding ridges with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer.

  • 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 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 15 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Online Reservations

Date:  11/9/2014
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Geology Hike at Willow
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 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle. Donation: $2/person.


Online Registration

Date:  11/9/2014
Time:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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Meditating in Nature at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

After a busy week of Halloween events, the adults can relax in nature at Laguna Coast Wilderness Center on November 2, 2014 from 3:30 -5:00 p.m., enjoy walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.

Nix nature center

  • 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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Get Wild Tonight!

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Here’s a line up of some wild events that will get you outside enjoying nature in our great OC Parks tonight.

Sunset Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
6: 00 – 8:00 p.m.Hike with Ranger Adam Martinez as the sunsets over Laurel and Willow canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night. Hear the last bird songs. Light interpretation with questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven.

  • Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, and wear proper hiking shoes.
  • Ages 12 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.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration 

Smiling Rock in Laguna Canyon

Wildlife Walk: Bats – Yorba Linda Regional Park

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Learn some of the myths and truths about these fascinating creatures. Come learn how bats communicate, what they eat and why they are important to our ecosystem. Then we will take a short walk near the lake to see if we can spot some of our resident bats.

All ages welcome
Event is FREE!
Parking is $5 per vehicle

Email to register:
yorbapark@ocparks.com
Please leave your name, phone number, number of participants in your group and ages of participant(s) in your email.

(This event will be outside. Please bring water and dress accordingly.)
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Bats of Orange County – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
7:15 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.Join Park Ranger Brad Barker as we learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join us for a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake as we look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector.Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel.
  • for questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $5/vehicle.
  • Program is free; donations appreciated.
  • Registration encouraged using link below.

Online Registration

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Ranger Led Campfire Program – O’Neill Regional Park
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Join us each Saturday Night at the amphitheater for this Ranger led talk on local animal life, set to the glow of fire light. This event is only open to those camping at O’Neill Regional Park. No access for day use after sunset.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free

(Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions.)

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Campfire Program – Caspers Wilderness Park8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly.

  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • All ages welcome

For information call the park at 949 923 2210

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Nix Nature Center – Daytime Astronomy

OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park presents:

Daytime Astronomy at the Nix Nature Center on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Come to Nix Nature Center between 1:00 – 4:00 pm and be an astronomy in the daytime…How does that work? Get ready to look out into the heavens in the daytime and explore the the Sun. Amateur astronomers will bring their telescopes and solar filters so you can look for sunspots and other features on our closest star. you’ll make your own ultraviolet-detecting bracelet and enjoy other fun-in-the-sun activities!

  • 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!

Click here for online registration

The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center opened to the public March 17, 2007. It serves as the gateway for recreational users to explore a vast network of linked trails throughout Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park and City of Irvine Open Space Preserve South.

The Nix Nature Center offers a location to explore the meaning of parkland through exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. They have interactive displays, a fossil wall, fossil digs, Native American artifacts, hand milling of corn, scavenger hunts to Mary’s Trail ( a short 1/2 mile loop) with the family.

There are FREE fun quarterly wildlife programs featuring live animals, American Indian customs, craft projects, and more.

The nature center’s picture windows frame four main views into the surrounding parkland, challenging visitors of all ages to consider the wilderness from various perspectives.

Visit Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, where you can hike, mountain bike, run trails, or ride horseback through miles of beautiful Orange County natural lands. (Bring your own shoes, bicycle or horse.) Artists, photographers and writers find plentiful inspiration on the trails.

Visitors can hike up Little Sycamore Canyon and enjoy the view or take the trail under Laguna Canyon road to Barbara’s Lake. The lake is the only natural occurring lake in Orange County.

Regularly scheduled guided tours (by foot or bicycle) are available. These tours cover a wide range of interests, from fitness to botany. Guided by volunteer naturalists and park staff, they are a wonderful way to experience the park. Many kinds of tours are offered each month and can be found listed under “Events and Programs” on the park web page.

 

 

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