Tag: Laguna Niguel Regional park

Spiders of Orange County

SpidersOfOrange CountyPlease join the spider-man Jim Ortiz at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as we learn about the fascinating world of spiders. Jim will lead a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation.

Jim has researched spiders for 46 years. He has written and contributed to several books about spiders including Urban Wild and Araneomorph Spiders of Joshua Tree National Park. He is currently gathering material on spiders in the Mediterranean Sea Islands and Eastern Islands of the West Indies.

Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at display items.

  • When: Saturday, September 26, 2105 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
  • Cost: Event is FREE, Parking is $5 per vehicle.
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Bat Night at the Amphitheater

Image courtesy of Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschauer
Image courtesy of Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschauer

Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park to 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 in on a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake, 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.

  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road
    Laguna Niguel, CA
  • When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Cost: The event is FREE. parking is $5 per vehicle.

Click here to register for the event, space is limited.

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Bats of Orange County

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Image from wikipedia.org

Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Saturday, August 8th 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!

  • When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
  • Cost: Event if FREE, parking is $5.00
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Amazing Snakes

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Snakes play an important role in the South Coast Wilderness. In the spring, snakes emerge from their winter dens, warm themselves in the sun, and begin to wander the hills in search of prey. They will be active until the weather cools again in the late fall.

Steve Bledsoe of The North American Field Herping Association will bring live snakes to the park and provide a presentation about our Orange County snakes. Bring your curiosity and your questions. Learn to tell the venomous from non-venomous snakes. This program is Recommended for ages 8 and above.

  • When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Meet at the amphitheater.
  • Cost: FREE, parking is $5.00

Reservations are encouraged. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun.

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Weekend Hikes

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

This edition of “Weekend Hikes” brings you a very special way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Surprise her with a hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park. On this family friendly hike, you’ll play nature themed games while learning about how mothers in the wild care for their babies.

Pack a lunch or a snack (don’t forget the card) and enjoy the newly renovated staging area afterwards.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflowers Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/9/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Morning 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 emailunbic@ocparks.com
Date:  5/9/2015
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:  5/9/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 10, 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: 5/10/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Mother’s Day in Nature at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Show your mom how much you love her by leading her on a walk, playing nature themed games, and learning about how mothers in the wild care for their babies. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the newly renovated staging area or garden benches. This is a children’s themed event.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!), 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
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 5/10/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Meet the Raptors

Image from Orange County Park facebook page
Image from Orange County Park’s facebook page

Visit Laguna Niguel Regional Park and meet the raptors of the Orange County Bird of Prey Center. Peggy Chase, a long-time volunteer with the center, will introduce you to the birds and share their stories with you.

  • When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Beach, California 92677
  • Cost: Program is FREE, parking is $5.00

This program is funded and sponsored by the County of Orange and the Laguna Canyon Foundation. Online reservations encouraged:www.lagunacanyon.org/activities

For more information, call 949.923.2240 or 949.923.2235

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Weekend Hikes

Image from laguna-beach-info.com
Image from laguna-beach-info.com

For this weekends edition of “Weekend Hikes” the pick of the week is the “Fitness Challenge for All at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park”. Any mention of a hike with an ocean view is a winner in my eyes. This hike is considered a challenging hike as it is a 5-mile hike with a 900-ft. elevation gain.

The hikes are always FREE, just cover the parking fee – or buy a OC Parks parking pass and enjoy our gorgeous parks for the entire year.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

It’s a Dilley of a Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Raise your spirits as well as your heart rate on this great, 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/2/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Fitness Challenge for All at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Cardio on a treadmill or cardio with an ocean view? Push your personal workout goals and never get left behind as we cater to a range of fitness levels. It’s a great chance to see wildlife and learn all about Aliso and Wood Canyons from park staff. This is a 5-mile (900-ft. elevation gain).

  • 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 Link

Date:  5/2/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 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:  5/2/2015
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:  5/2/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 3, 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: 5/3/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake at 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 5/3/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Weekend Hikes

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With all the fantastic Earth Day events going on this weekend, the hikes this weekend are at a minimum. Both of the hikes available are family friendly, easy and FREE, just cover the parking and your set.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional ParkJoin 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:  4/18/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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)


Reservations Link

Date:  4/19/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

 

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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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Weekend Hikes

 wpid-2014-11-13_23.11.01.jpgHere’s your family-friendly hikes in Orange County for the weekend of November 15-16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

O’Neill Regional Park

Date:  11/15/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike – Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine 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

Date:  11/15/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Family Hike in the Canyon – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Enjoy a hike with your family in the beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, 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
  • Hike: Free
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Online Reservations

Date:  11/16/2014
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Morning Walk Around the Lake – 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 parking lot closest to Shelter 3.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F & (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Donation: $2 per person
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

 

Online Reservations

Date:  11/16/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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