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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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

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

Online Registration

Date:  5/9/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Morning Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5-mile hike along the Back Bay with preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center.  The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the upland areas of the bay – with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.

  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
  • Call (949) 923-2275 or
Date:  5/9/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/9/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 5/10/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


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

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

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!), 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

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

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