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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.

Online Registration

Date: 1/4/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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Weekend Roundup – Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015

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Welcome to the Weekend Roundup

December 26, 2014 – January 1, 2015

If your looking for even more things to do on New Year’s check out my Family-Friendly New Year’s Events post.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

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

Snow Days at Kidspace in Pasadena

Celebrate Kwankaa at Pretend City in Irvine

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Snow Days at Kidspace in Pasadena

Celebrate Kwankaa at Pretend City in Irvine

Weekend Hikes at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, O’Neill Regional 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

Rose Parade Float Pre-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Saturday Science At Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Campfire Program at Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

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

Garden Beats at the Great Park in Irvine

Snow Days at Kidspace in Pasadena

Celebrate Kwankaa at Pretend City in Irvine

More than Meets the Eye in Buena Park

Rose Parade Float Pre-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Weekend Hikes at Caspers Wilderness Park

Technique Class  at Williams-Sonoma’s – nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Garden Beats at the Great Park in irvine

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Monday, December 29, 2014

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

Snow Days at Kidspace in Pasadena

Rose Parade Float Pre-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Celebrate Kwankaa at Pretend City in Irvine

Noon Years Eve

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Noon Year’s Eve at Discovery Cube OC and LA

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Snow Days at Kidspace in Pasadena

Rose Parade Float Pre-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Celebrate Kwankaa at Pretend City in Irvine

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

Rose Parade Float Pre-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Parent and Me Time at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

Noon Year’s Eve at Discovery Cube OC and LA

Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown at Pretend City in Irvine

Noon Year’s Celebration at Kidspace in Pasadena

New Year’s Noon Party at the Children’s Museum at La Habra

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Party at Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles

Family and Friends New Year’s Celebration in Rancho Santa Margarita

New Year’s Waterfront Celebration in Downtown Long Beach

First Night at Fullerton in Downtown Fullerton

New Year’s Eve in L.A. at Grand Park in Downtown L.A.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thomas & Friends at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Rose Parade Float Post-Parade Viewing in Pasadena

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Free Day at The Autry in Los Angeles

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Weekend Roundup – December 19 – 25, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekend Roundup

December 19 – 25, 2014

Make sure to check back as this list is updated throughout the week.

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 All Month Long

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

Winter Sawdust Festival every weekend in Laguna Beach

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City in Irvine

Holidays at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Las Posadas at Olivera Street

Holiday Classics Storytime at Barnes & Noble nationwide

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Christmas Chalk Walk in Aliso Viejo

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekend Hikes at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, O’Neill Regional 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

The Nutcracker for Kids at the Newport Beach Library

Holidays at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Duck the Halls at the Marketplace in Tustin

Las Posadas in Santa Ana, Garden Grove & Olivera Street

Star Party at Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Christmas Chalk Walk in Aliso Viejo

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekend Hikes at Caspers Wilderness Park, Aliso & Wood Canyon’s Park & Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Technique Class  at Williams-Sonoma’s – nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Holidays at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Holiday Festival at the Muck in Fullerton

Children’s Garden Workshop at the Great Park in irvine

Las Posadas at Oivera Street

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

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La piñata – Diego Rivera

Monday, December 22, 2014

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

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December Star Party

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Come for a Star Party that gives you a grand tour of the universe! Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the marvels of the sky.

Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn the myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • Event – Free
    Parking- $5.00 per vehicle
  • Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395), San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675/(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207

Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the Park at (949) 923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information

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Weekend Hikes Dec. 20 – 21, 2014

Here’s a list of your guided Weekend Hikes in our OC Parks.

Laguna Coast Park

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nautre 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.)

Date:  12/20/2014
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
Date:  12/20/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Family Hike @ Lagua Coast Wilderness Park – Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain).  Families welcome.  You will hike in one of the most diverse areas of the park, through a canopy of oaks, past Barbara’s Lake and back.  Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve 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:  12/20/2014
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bird Walk @ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Spot native and winter resident birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars!
  • 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: 12/21/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ranger Led Nature Hike @ 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: 12/21/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Morning Walk Around the Lake @ Laguna Niguel Regional Park – Come enjoy a wonderful mor http://gty.im/182059809 ning 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
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations

Date: 12/21/2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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: 12/21/2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
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Weekend Roundup – December 12 – 18, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekend Roundup

December 12 – 18, 2014

Make sure to check back as this list is updated throughout the week.

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All Month Long

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Winter Sawdust Festival every weekend in Laguna Beach

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Follow the Star & Creche Event in Rancho Santa Margarita

Moonlight Stroll  at Santiago Oaks Nature Center in Orange – CANCELLED due to rain

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

**Weekend Hikes Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, O’Neill Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park & Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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 Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

Follow the Star & Creche Event in Rancho Santa Margarita

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade in Laguna Niguel

Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest

Christmas at the Zoo at the OC Zoo in Orange

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade in Huntington Beach

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

**Weekend Hikes at Caspers Wilderness Park, Aliso & wood Canyon’s Park & Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Technique Class  at Williams-Sonoma’s – nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Follow the Star & Creche Event in Rancho Santa Margarita

Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest

Las Posadas in Old Town San Diego

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade in Huntington Beach

Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach

A Night in Bethlehem in Newport Beach

Weekend Hikes at Caspers Regional Park and Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Harry Christmas at Tustin Library

Holiday Crafts with Ms. Grace at Orange Public Library & History Center

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Niños pidiendo posadas – Diego Rivera

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Las Posadas in Old Town San Diego

Menorah Lighting at Fashion Island in Newport Beach

Deck the Hulls

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Parent & Me Time at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

Pinecone Crafts at Tustin Library

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade (12/17 -12/21) in Newport Beach

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Wonderland & Crafting Fun at Newport Beach Library

Cookie Decorating at Newport Beach Library

**Before going to any Weekend Events be sure to call OC Parks or check the website http://ocparks.com/ for cancellation of any scheduled events due to the rain.

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Weekend Hikes Dec. 13 – 14, 2014

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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

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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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A Moonlight Stroll

 

 

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UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to rain

Explore the amazing nocturnal world at Santiago Oaks Regional Park under the wintery night sky during their Moonlight Stroll Night Hike.

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Santiago Oaks Nature Center is tucked away in the back of residential neighborhood. You would never guess there’s this amazing 1.25+  acre regional park  back there. The park is one of the most pristine nature park I’ve been visited. Visiting a this park for a Moonlight Stroll would be delightful.

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The Moonlight Stroll will feature a visit to the Nature Center, hot cocoa and cookies, and a Park Ranger guided hike to a scenic lookout for a panoramic view. Do not miss the opportunities to visit the park at night.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center
Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center

This hike is approximately 2 miles and is of moderate difficulty. This is an outdoor event, so please be sure to dress warmly, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

  • Where: Santiago Oaks Regional Park, 2145 N. Windes Drive
    Orange, CA 92869
  • When: Friday, December 12, 2014
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Free
  • Recommended for ages 6 years and up.
  • No dogs allowed.
  • Space is limited, please call (714) 973-6620 or emailsantiagooaks@ocparks.com to register.
  • This event will not be rescheduled if cancelled. Event is subject to weather conditions.
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Weekend Roundup – December 5 -11, 2014

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Welcome to the Weekend Roundup

December 5 – 11, 2014

Make sure to check back as this list is updated throughout the week.

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All Month Long

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Winter Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach

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Image from visitlagunabeach.com

Friday, November 28, 2014

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

December Nights at Balboa Park in San Diego

Hospitality Night at Laguna Beach

Tustin Tree Lighting Ceremony in Tustin

Community Christmas Celebration in Orange

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

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

Jr. Chef/Technique Class  at Williams-Sonoma’s – nationwide

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

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Free Archery Class at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley

Storytime in the Garden at the Great Park in Irvine

STEAM Maker Festival at Del Mar Fair Grounds

Pearl Harbor Day at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego

A Christmas Carol Performance at the Aliso Viejo Library

Christmas at the Beach at Balboa Village in Newport Beach

Holiday Gifts for the Animals at OC Zoo in Orange

Deck the Cove at Crystal Cove State Beach in Laguna Beach

Christmas at the Mission at San juan Capistrano

Community Christmas Celebration in Orange

December Nights at Balboa Park in San Diego

Campfire Program at Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

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Community Christmas Celebration

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekend Hikes at Caspers Wilderness Park, Aliso & wood Canyon’s Park & Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Technique Class  at Williams-Sonoma’s – nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Pearl Harbor Day at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego

A Christmas Carol Performance at the Cypress Library

Community Christmas Celebration in Orange

Target First Sunday at Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana & Childern’s Museum at La Habra

Family Fun Days at San Elijo Nature Center in Cardiff

Free Boat Rides with Santa at Dana Point Harbor

Legacy of the Carols at Calvary Church in Santa Ana

Christmas Walk in Corona Del Mar

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Parent & Me Time at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

Tamale Festival & Las Posadas in Old Town Placentia

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Weekend Hikes – December 6 -7, 2014

Weekend Hikes at OC Parks for the weekend of December 6-7, 2014

Redwood Hike at Caron Canyon Regional Park
Redwood Hike at Caron Canyon Regional Park

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Redwood Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park – Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first and third 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 8:30 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: 12/6/2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 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

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date: 12/6/2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Geology Walk 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: 12/6/2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 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 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: 12/6/2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Birds of Mason Regional Park at Mason Regional Park – Join us on one or both of these dates!  Led by an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher, this is a beginner-friendly program about the birds of William R. Mason Regional Park.  On an easy walk of 1/2 mile around Mason, we will view and discuss a variety of birds that use the park.  We’ll check for different types of ducks, geese, and grebes in the ponds.  We’ll look and listen for songbirds on the trees and bushes.  We may also spot shorebirds and hawks.

  • Water, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Bring your binoculars to get a better view of the birds!
  • Turn left at the stop sign after the entrance gate and park in Parking Lot B. We will meet at the picnic table near the Ranger Office by the park entrance.
  • Rain will cancel event.

http://letsgooutside.org/activities/2014/12/06/birds-mason-regional-park-3/


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Date:  12/6/2014
Time:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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: 12/7/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Sunday Fitness Hike at 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: 12/7/2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Exploring Nature with a Camera at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Explore nature in the fall – using a digital camera.  Bring your camera, learn some photography tricks, and search for interesting compositions, shapes, organisms, lighting situations, and colors.  Enjoy the glow of early evening as you hike to the ridge and back.  Share your ideas with other nature and photography enthusiasts!  Hike 2 miles over some steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain).

  • For ages 12 and up.
  • 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:  12/7/2014
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

 

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