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Acorn Day

Get back to nature with Acorn Day as this awesome event returns to O’Neill Regional Park!

This free, family-friendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age including free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, and acorn and oak tree planting.

Other activities include storytelling, live animal demonstrations, nature activities, face painting, book signing of “How to Draw 60 Native California Plants and Animals: A Field Guide”, and live music from Shadybrook Bluegrass. Refreshments available for purchase.

Additional participants include Orange County Bird of Prey Center, Orange County Fire Watch, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Orange County Animal Care, Southern California Bluebird Society, Inside the Outdoors, The Cooper Center and more.

  • When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10;00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

  • Cost: FREE, parking fees may apply.

For more information: call (949) 923-2260 or email oneillpark@ocparks.com or go to www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks

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OC’s Ancient Wonders

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OC Parks and the Dr. John D Cooper Archeological and Paleontological Center invite you to OC’s Ancient Wonders on Saturday, September 9 at Mile Square Regional Park. This free, educational family event will present Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

The event will feature displays of local fossils and Native American artifacts, educational crafts and hands-on activities for kids of all ages, archery demonstrations, Native American storytelling, guided hikes led by Naturalist for You, a volcano demonstration, and a butterfly tent by Western Monarch Guardians.

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Schedule of events:

  • 11:45 AM – Guided hike by Naturalist for You

  • 12:30 PM – Volcano demonstration

  • 1:15 PM – Native American Storytelling by Jacque Tahuka-Nunez of Journeys to the Past

  • 2:00 PM – Guided hike by Naturalist for You

Archery demonstrations and Butterfly tent available throughout the day

  • When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (The event will be located at the park’s Nature Area and Archery Range)
  • Cost: Event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle
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Sunset Cinema

OC Parks Sunset Movies 2017

Ok, I just noticed that the County of Orange and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series is already under way! I seriously need to do some catching up around here!!!

The Sunset Cinema consists of 12 free movies taking place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park.

Movies begin  around Sunset, so get your blanket and picnic dinner ready and enjoy a FREE movie night at the park.

The next Sunset Cinema will take place this Sunday, June 10th at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as we look out for U.F.O.’s and catch the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

Head over to Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Saturday, June 17 as the series continues with The LEGO Batman Movie.

One of my personal favorites, The Princess Bride at Craig Regional Park on Saturday, June 24.

On Saturday, July 1 at Salt Creek Beach, don’t miss the animated comedy Sing. 

The following week, you’ll be back  at Salt Creek Beach for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, July 8.

Bring the family to Mason Regional Park on Friday, July 14th  bring the kids for a screening of Moana  and Friday, July 21 for an all time favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 

Come to Laguna Niguel Regional Park to see Finding Dory on Friday, July 28. Friday and then come back on August 4  for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. 

The last 2 movies of the OC Parks Sunset Cinema series will take place at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11. They’ll finish the series on August 18 with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.

I’m planning on keeping our summer plans a bit more relaxed this year so that we’ll able to enjoy some family time and take in these FREE movie events. If you don’t have time to bring your picnic dinner, you can grab food from one of the food trucks that will be at every event. FREE parking starts as early as 6:00 pm and show times begin around 8:00 pm. For more information visit ocparks.com.

 

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All About Snakes

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Hiking season is in the air! One of the ways to prepare the kids for upcoming hikes is to make them aware that snakes live in the parks and trails we hike in.

O.C. Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species.

Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

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  • When: Saturday, May 13, July 8 and September 2, 2017 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking fee  is $5.00
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Science in the Park


OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting the 2nd annual  Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family.

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There a fun demonstrations like the volcano demo pictured above, plenty of hands on experiements and informations abvailble. You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.

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The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.

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The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. The OC Zoo will also have various zookeeper chats throughout the day.

  • When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle, Optional OC Zoo is $2.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
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Free Kids Fishing Clinic

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OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Izaak Walton League and Berkley Fishing host the inaugural Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Yorba Regional Park.

The Kids’ Fishing Clinic (for ages 15 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them the opportunity to catch a few. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout or catfish for the clinic.

Fishing experts will be on site to assist kids. Don’t forget your fishing rod! If you do not have your own fishing rod, a limited quantity will be available for loan. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event.

  • When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Where: Yorba Regional Park 7600 E. La Palma Anaheim, CA 92807
  • Event is free! Parking is $5 per vehicle

To register, please call (714) 973-6615 or email yorbapark@ocparks.com.

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Hikes & Bikes

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If for some reason you can’t make it out to visit one of our National Parks this weekend to celebrate our National Park’s 100th birthday, here’s a few local hikes and a intermediate bike ride you can take part in.

These guided hikes and the bike ride are all courtesy of our Orange County Parks and are all FREE – just cover the parking!

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Intermediate Bike Ride: Shoestring Canyon, Loma Ridge, to the Back Side of The Sinks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a strenuous, extremely challenging early morning mountain bike ride through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Riders will visit the East Sinks Viewing Deck and gain beautiful vistas of Agua Chinon Canyon and beyond.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  8/27/2016
Time:  6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Laurel Loop Geology Hike – 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 per vehicle.


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Date:  8/27/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date:  8/27/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  8/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Bird Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Spot year-round and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven, sometimes steep terrain (up to 200-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, 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 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  8/28/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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All About Snakes

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OC Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species. Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.

  • When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is free event, parking feess apply. .
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From Dinosaurs to People

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From Dinosaurs to People, Reliving Orange County’s Past is a FREE event being held at Heritage Museum of Orange County.

The Cooper Center is joining the Heritage Museum for a full day of archeology, paleontology, history, fossils, kid zone, demonstrations by blacksmith, guided hikes, Native American artifacts, and fun talks!

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Also, don’t miss the wonderful Jacque Nunez of “Journeys to the Past” for one of the most enchanted presentation’s of stories and songs that encourage children’s “environmentalism” and what it means to be “keepers of the earth.”

  • When: Sunday, July 17, 2015 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Heritage House, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, CA
  • Cost: FREE
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Toys and Treats for Animals

wpid-2014-11-25_21.15.11.jpgCome and help create “toys” and “treats” for the animals at the O.C. Zoo. Our zoo friends need toys to play with and treats to eat, be part of this special event and help the OC Zoo.

Each child should bring 2 empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls to class. Class includes meeting zoo animals up close. This event is for children ages: 5-8 years old only.

Registration is required, please call 714-973-6846 to register.

  • When: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 10:015 – 11:15 AM 
  • Where: OC Zoo, located inside Irvine RFegional Park,  1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: Program fee: $5 per child (includes ONE adult), Parking fee: $3
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Weekend Hikes

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I thought I’d start the Weekend HIkes post early this week so you could pre-register and plan your weekend. It could be I’m just eager to get out there for some sort of hiking adventures. Remember the OC Parks guided hikes are always free just cover the parking.  Get out there and discover a new trail!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Let’s Go Hiking! – 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.

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Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning 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.


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
  • Rain will cancel hike.
Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park

Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
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Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

  • 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.

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Date: 7/2/2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  7/3/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
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Hikes & Bikes

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Once upon a time, there lived a girl who couldn’t wait for the weekend to come so she experience outdoor adventures right here in Orange County. These outdoor adventures included hiking and mountain biking. She would travel miles and miles to experience scenic hiking adventures and to ride her bike over dirt and rocks, okay – so maybe she just traveled 50 or 60 miles from the Inland Empire.

That girl was me and now I live here in Orange County, so my drive is much shorter. Although I could find adventure in the Inland Empire, summertime was always 10 -15 degrees cooler in Orange County.

I feel completely spoiled by our gorgeous surroundings and love that Orange County Parks provides guided hikes and biking adventures for FREE! So if you’re a local or traveling from a distant (or not so distant) land be sure to check some of our beautiful parks out this weekend, just bring some money for parking and pack a lunch.

 Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Birds of Weir Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a moderate-paced birding walk through the beautiful oak woodlands of Weir Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Weir Canyon, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  6/25/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn, practice or just enjoy spotting summer and year-round 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).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


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Date:  6/25/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date:  6/25/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Family Hike: Agua Chinon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon while watching for native plants and animals in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking – 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 Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then 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.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – 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 Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then 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.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.

  • 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
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


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Date:  6/26/2016
Time:  5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

 

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series

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The County of Orange and OC Parks welcome back the annual outdoor summer concert series with 10 free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Tri-City Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach. Each concert event will offer free live music under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June 30 through September 1.

The series kicks off on Thursday, June 30 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton with swing revival sensation Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing with Kris Bradley. Then the concert series moves on to Tri-City Park in Placentia with Neil Diamond tribute Diamonds Are Forever and Vic Lazar performing on Thursday, July 7.

The concerts continue at Mason Regional Park in Irvine with the “Lounge King” Phil Shane performing with a full band and Hawkline Monster opening the show on Thursday, July 14. Favorite ‘80s tribute band Flashback Heart Attack returns to the OC Parks concert series performing at Mason Park on Thursday, July 21 with Well Hung Heart performing as an acoustic duo to open the show.

The series will then move to Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley with LA alternative rock group Grizfolkperforming with Robert John and the Wreck on Thursday, July 28. The traditional and contemporary sounds of Ireland will pour through Mile Square Park on August 4 with The Fenians performing live joined by Dano Forte’s Juke Joint Show.

Next stop is in Orange for Saved by the 90s and Gardeners Logic at Irvine Regional Park on Thursday, August 11. Local folk indie favorite, Matt Costa will perform at Irvine Regional Park with David Rosales on Thursday, August 18.

The summer concert series wraps up on a high note with two dates at Bluff Park overlooking Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Tijuana Dogs and Family Style will take the stage on Thursday, August 25. Indie pop sensation JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) will take the stage with their hit song “Gone” on September 1 with Big Monsta opening the show.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concert Series events take place from 6 to 8 p.m., are free to attend, with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will be serving on-site at each location. Guests may bring their own food, and alcohol consumption by those 21 and over is permitted for the concerts Friends and families are invited to come out, bring a blanket and a beach chair and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.

 

2016 OC Parks Summer Concert Series Schedule

(All shows 6-8 p.m., free admission with free parking)

Craig Regional Park

Location: 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Contact: (714) 973-3180, craigpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, June 30

Artist: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Kris Bradley

Tri-City Regional Park

Location: 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd., Placentia, CA 92870

Contact: (714) 973-3180, craigpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 7

Artist: Diamonds Are Forever with Vic Lazar


Mason Regional Park

Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Contact: (949) 923-2220, masonpark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 14

Artist: Phil Shane with Hawkline Monster

Date: Thursday, July 21

Artist: Flashback Heart Attack with Well Hung Heart


Mile Square Regional Park

Location: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Contact: (714) 973-6600, milesquare@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, July 28

Artist: Grizfolk with Robert John and the Wreck

Date: Thursday, August 4

Artist: Fenians with Dano Forte’s Juke Joint Show
Irvine Regional Park

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA, 92869

Contact: (714) 973,6835, irvinepark@ocparks.com

Date: Thursday, August 11

Artist: Saved by the 90s with Gardeners Logic

Date: Thursday, August 18

Artist: Matt Costa with David Rosales
Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949) 923-2280

Date: Thursday, August 25

Artist: Tijuana Dogs and Family Style

Date: Thursday, September 1

Artist: JR JR with Big Monsta

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OC Zoo Star Wars Day

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Let the Force be with you when you visit the OC Zoo on Star Wars Day! Come for family fun that includes Star Wars characters, crafts, games, and photo opportunities.

Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet-and-greets throughout the day.

The first 100 children ages 12 & under in Star Wars costume will receive a special gift AND a free train ride ticket to Irvine Park Railroad!

All visitors are encouraged to come in Star Wars attire/costume. Reservations are not needed and all activities are free with paid zoo admission.

  • When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: OC Zoo, located inside of Irvine regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free, parking is $5.00
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Weekend Hikes

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Here’s a list of your guided Weekend hikes in our gorgeous OC Parks. Get out there and enjoy nature!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Although this isn’t a guided hike, this is your chance to explore normally not available. Discover designated trails available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.

Online Registration

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning 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.


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
  • Rain will cancel hike.
Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
What’s in Your Backyard? – Irvine Ranch Open Space

Learn about native animals while hiking 3 miles through Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.

Online Registration

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park

Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Event is conditional on the weather.

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails.

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails.
  • Bring sun protection and water.
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center.
  • Event is free, registration is not required.
Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

  • 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
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/4/2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  6/5/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

 

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hikesnBikesPRLHike it or bike it this weekend with plenty of options for both. Take advantage of these great guided hikes & mountain bike rides while you discover our beautiful Orange County Parks & Trails.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalist 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.

  • All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking
OC Parks – 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 Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then 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.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – 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 Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then 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.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Evening Family Beginner Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon to The Sinks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slow-paced, family-oriented ride through sycamores, oaks, and native habitat in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 9-mile ride takes visitors to The Sinks, Orange County’s own “mini Grand Canyon.”

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Meditating in Nature
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
 Location:  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.  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 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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