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Your invited to a “Star Party” tonight

That’s right, OC parks invites you to observe the night sky by joining in with amateur astronomers to take a guided tour of the summer constellations.

A meteor streaks across the sky against

(credit: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Look through telescopes to see Mars, Saturn, nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars. Learn myths and facts about the cosmos.

  • The event is FREE, parking is $5.00
  • August 23, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 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
  • The event is subject to clear skies, Call the Park at 949-923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information on this event

Redwood Grove Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

Going to see the Redwoods is one of things on my bucket list but until then there’s an alternative right here in Orange County.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park has a ten-acre grove of Coastal Redwood trees. This grove of redwoods were planted in 1975 with many of the trees standing over 100 feet tall. Not bad being that this is far from their normal growing conditions in Northern California.


image from greenadventures.com

In addition to their most popular hike (to see the Orange County Redwoods) Carbon Canyon Regional Park has an interpretive center, picnic areas, restrooms, fishing, playgrounds, walking and hiking trails.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park is adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, which has 14,000 acres of protected park land (which just happens to have some great mountain biking).

There is a smaller grove of Redwoods in Orange County which is located at UC Irvine. This grove is a result of a former professor’s experiment in tree cloning.

To tour the Redwoods at Carbon Canyon  you can join OC Parks trained staff for an easy 1.1 mile hike to the redwoods. Use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about native plants along the way.

The hike begins each Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. It runs 8:30am – 10:00am. Don’t forget to visit the Nature Center. Remember to bring 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. Reservations preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com. Parking: $5 per vehicle.

Redwood Grove Hike

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.

Brea CA 92823





OC Parks Summer Concert Series

The annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series are a great way to get the family out and enjoy a evening of music. They are held every Thursday from 6 – 8 pm at various parks in Orange County.

Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

We’ve missed the first two but the next concert will be this Thursday, July 10th,  and run through August 28th. 


The concerts and parking are FREE. Food trucks will be at each event. The lineup of bands/artists include No Duh (No Doubt tribute), Flashback Heart Attack, Suburban Legends, Papafish, Stacy Clark, Moonsville Collective, Matt Costa and more.

Pack up your cooler and chairs and get ready for some family fun.