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Fishing Derby

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Image courtesy of Orange County Parks Facebook page

OC Parks, Sport Chalet and local fishing organization Team 57 host the 2nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake.

Kids ages 15 and under fish for free at the Fishing Derby. The lake will be stocked with catfish. Following the derby, a free hot dog lunch will be provided by Team 57 and participating vendors (while supplies last).

Fishing experts will be on-site to assist kids. Don’t forget your fishing rod! There will also be an opportunity drawing for kids to win prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event.

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Registration begins at 8:00 am, Fishing Derby is from 8:00 am -12:00 pm 
  • Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: Kids 15 and under fish for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult, parking is $5.00 
  • To register: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

 

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Hike the Redwoods!

Did you know you can hike the Redwoods 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.

Carbon-Canyon

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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). 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.

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 takes place on the first Saturday of each month. The hike begins at the Nature Center located at the east end of the the park. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. All ages (small children may have to be carried). Reservations are preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

  • When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 8:30 – 10:00 am
  • Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea CA 92823
  • Cost: Hike is FREE, parking is $5.00
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Ho Ho Night Hike

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Come to Carbon Canyon Regional Park and see it in a completely different setting – in the dark! We did this hike last year and loved it. Carbon Canyon’s annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.

The Ho Ho Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including: A visit to the Nature Center,
hot coca and cookies, a live animal presentation and a guided hike through the wilderness area.

Space is limited, please email carboncanyon@ocparks.com or call (714) 973-3160 to register.

  • When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Carbon Canyon regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road
    Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: Event and parking are FREE
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Star Party at Caspers

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Come for a grand tour of the universe!  Join our amateur astronomers for a guided tour of the young crescent moon and other constellations.

Learn myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe wonders of the night sky including galaxies, star clusters, and double stars.

  • When: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Cost: Event is Free, parking $5.00 per vehicle

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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Halloween Zoo-tacular

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Come to the OC Zoo for a Zoo-tacular celebration!

In addition to a great string of events planned for kids including: trick-or-treating*, spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt*, and face painting! (*Kids ages 12 & under) the zoo animals receive treat filled pumpkins throughout the day!

Raccoons get pumpkins filled with berries and mealworms while the black bear will get a peanut butter and honey filled pumpkin. Every 30 minutes, a different animal will get their Halloween treat.

zootacular8The First 100 children in costume (ages 12 & under) receive a free gift!

  • When: Saturday October 31, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: OC Zoo, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92689
  • Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free, Activities are free with paid zoo admission. Reservations are not required.
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Weekend Hikes

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Image from OC Parks

Get your hiking shoes on, grab your water and get to one of these FREE OC Parks guided Hikes this weekend. They are both bright and earlier in morning to be the heat. Remember these guided hikes are FREE, just cover the parking.

Happy Hiking!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflower Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California native plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable, moderate paced 3.5-mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain). Terrain can be steep and rocky.

  • For ages 12 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  10/10/2015
Time:  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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.
  • Subject to cancelation without notice

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

Date: 10/11/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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Bats of Orange County

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Image from wikipedia.org

Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Saturday, August 8th as we learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!

Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join us for a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake as we look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector. Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull!

  • When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
  • Cost: Event if FREE, parking is $5.00
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Weekend Hikes & Bikes

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OC Parks

It’s Hikes & Bikes Weekend!  If you’re looking for a guided Hike or a guided Mountain Bike ride this weekend, look no further! Here’s a list of guided Hikes & Mountain Bike rides through our OC Parks.

Saturday, May 27, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike – 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:  6/27/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 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 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.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

 


Online Registration

Date:  6/27/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Sunday, May 28, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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: 6/28/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Spot native 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).
  • Parking: $3

Online Registration

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave – 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 Acjachemen 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
  • Ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) of dirt trails with some sandy sections
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes required
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short 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).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

 

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Weekend Hikes

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It’s Fathers Day weekend and our beautiful Orange County Parks has a special hike planned for the occasion. My pick of the week is the The “Fathers Day Journey Hike” at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park on Sunday. The hike is in the oak-filled Wood Canyon and Wood Creek Trails. You’ll search for wildlife and their evidence on this 2 mile/150 foot elevation gain hike.

Whatever your skill level, there’s a hike for everyone. Get out there!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike – 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:  6/20/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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: 6/21/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Father’s Day Journey – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Bring dad along on the backcountry wilderness hike he’s always wanted. Enjoy the oak-filled Wood Canyon and Wood Creek Trails as we search for wildlife and their evidence. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.

  • 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
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 6/21/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Morning Walk Around the Lake – 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) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 6/21/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Hikes & Bikes

 

OC Parks
OC Parks

It’s a Hikes & Bikes Weekend!! I do get so excited about the the mountain bike tours even if I can’t make it. Our wonderful Orange County Parks offer FREE guided hikes and mountain bike tours that range from family friendly to challenging. Lace up the shoes and get out there!

Be sure check the Calender for the other great events happening this weekend like the Kids Fishing Derby at Clark Park  and the Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflowers Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with 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:  6/13/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 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 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:  6/13/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – 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: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Beginning Mountain Bike Ride – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • Parking: Free.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-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. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons.

  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
  • Parking: Free.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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Wilderness Walkers -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.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/14/2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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