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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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Weekend Hikes

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Explore a new trial this weekend with OC Parks. They offer hikes every weekend throughout Orange County, the hikes range from family friendly to strenuous.

My pick for this weekend’s OC Park’s hikes is the Redwood Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. This is a family friendly, easy 1.1 mile interpretive hike to the Redwood Grove. Be check to get there a little early and have the kids take a look at the nature center.

Happy Hiking!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Red Rock Canyon Guided Hike
at Whiting Ranch Parks
Come and enjoy a guided 3.6 total miles hike over gentle grade. The hike will encompass the Borrego Canyon trail, a heavily wooded canyon with multiple plant communities. We will hike along the bottom of the canyon as we watch for acorn woodpeckers and mule deer. The hike will transition to the beautiful geological formation know as Red Rock Canyon. Please bring plenty of water, and wear sturdy shoes.
Space limited, Register online.Contact: (949) 923-2245
Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

It’s a Dilley of a Hike
at 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.

Online Registration

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 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

Contact: (714) 973-3160

Date: 2/7/2015
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

Contact: (714) 973-6835

Date: 2/7/2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 Sunday, February 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: 2/8/2015
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.

Online Registration

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Date: 2/8/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Monarch Butterfly Day

Come to Mile Square Regional Park for the 6th annual Monarch Butterfly Day

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OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up close look at the magnificent creatures at the Sixth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day!

  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
  • Event is free.
  • Parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Recommended for children ages 4-12.

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Hikes & Bikes

This weekend, OC Parks provides opportunities to get outside with Hikes and Bikes. Take advantage of these FREE programs to get out there and explore!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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
  • contact (714)973-6835 with any questions
Date:  1/31/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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
  • Call (714)973-6835 with any questions
Date:  2/28/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave at 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 its previous inhabitants- the native Ajachamen people. Earn a Ranger badge for being an accomplice on the journey.

  • 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 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • For ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections.
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required.
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Online Reservations Link

Date:  2/28/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

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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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Weekend Hikes

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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


Online Registration

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.

Online Registration

Date: 1/25/2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
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Weekend Hikes

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This Weekends Hikes are going to gorgeous! We have some great weather conditions this weekend, so take advantage and get outdoors!

My Spolight Hike for this weekend is the Ben Franklin’s Birthday Adventure at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park on Sunday.  Children and their parents  will enjoy an activity-filled 2 mile hike to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday by recreating inventions used by Orange County’s native peoples and Poor “Ranger” Richard will recite from his famous almanac. Sorry, no kites please.

Another hike that sounds very interesting is with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, Karin Klein (author of 50 Hikes in Orange County)  – Edible and Useful Plant Hike OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Saturday. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Contact: (949) 923-2260 with any questions

Date:  1/17/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Edible and Useful Plant Hike
OC Parks – 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).
  • Online reservations required.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $3.
Date:  1/17/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

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: 1/18/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 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 if you have any questions

Date:  1/17/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, January 18, 2015

 

Birding Basics
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn the basics of birding and spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5-mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • No experience necessary!
  • For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars (Limited binoculars available on loan).
  • 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).
  • Online reservations required.
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $3.
Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Morning Walk Around the Lake
OC Parks – 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) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ben Franklin’s Birthday Adventure
OC Parks – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Children, bring your parents on an activity-filled hike to celebrate the birthday of one of our country’s greatest patriots, inventors, and writers. We’ll recreate inventions used by Orange County’s native peoples and Poor “Ranger” Richard will recite from his famous almanac. Leave your kites at home please ;). This is a 2-mile hike with a 150-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 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 1/18/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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Weekend Roundup – January 9 – 16, 2015

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January 9-16, 2015

Be sure to check back as this list is updated through out the week.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Free Day at Nixon Library in Yorba Linda

Night Hike at Peters Canyon in Orange

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jr. Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma locations nationwide

OC Parks Weekend Hike & Bikes  at O’Neill Regional Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve & Irvine Regional Park

2nd Saturday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

2nd Saturday at Ameal Moore Nature Center in Riverside

Drop In and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Campfire Program at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

OC Parks Weekend Hike & Bikes at Caspers Wilderness Park & Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Free Technique Classes  at Williams-Sonoma locations nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Centennial Farm

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Discovery Days at Centennial Farms in Costa Mesa

 

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Weekend Roundup – January 2 – 8, 2015

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January 2 -8, 2015

Be sure to check back as this list is updated through out the week.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Jr. Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma locations nationwide

Young Explorers Academy at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Weekend Hikes at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, O’Neill Regional Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park & Irvine Regional Park

Drop In and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Campfire Program at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

Free Palo Cooking Class at Surfas Culinary District/SOCO in Costa Mesa

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Target First Sunday at Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana and The Children’s Museum at La Habra

Weekend Hikes at Caspers Wilderness Park

Technique Classes  at Williams-Sonoma locations nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Storytime in the Garden in the Great Park in Irvine

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

LEGO Mini Model Build at LEGO stores nationwide

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Campfire Program at Caspers Park

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January’s schedule for the campfire program at Casper’s Wilderness park is set for the following dates: Saturday, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2015.

The campfire 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.

  • The event is FREE, parking is $5.00
  • Saturday, December 3, 24, & 31, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395), San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675/(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207
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