OC PARKS JUNE 2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 – After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us every Monday and Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During the spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: This hike travels about 3.5 miles, up to the top of Loma Ridge

and back down. The hike is conducted at about 3-3.5 miles per hour, but you may

travel a bit faster or slower, at a walk, run or jog depending on your comfort level. Most

participants finish the route in about one hour. Because of the paved surface of the

road, you may wear regular running or walking shoes. Trail shoes are fine, but not

required. Please bring adequate water! Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/afterwork.

June 4, 11, 18, 25 – Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

7:30 – 10 a.m.

Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a three, six or eight-mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3 to 3.5 miles per hour.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Walkers should be confident in their ability to hike three, six or eight miles at a steady pace. Ages 16 and up. Registration required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/tuesdaymorningfitnesshike.

June 4 – Twilight Hike in the Canyons: Mesa Loop

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for some after work exercise on the Mesa Loop. The hike will cover close to 3 miles round trip at a moderate pace and will offer us beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding canyons and sunset. Keep your eyes open for any animals starting their nightly routines.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Canyons Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Please bring water and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. A flashlight with a red tinted light is not required but might be nice to have as it will be past sundown when we finish our hike. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/twilighthike.

June 5, 19 – Discovery Hike

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky 5-mile hike (depending on trail choice, up to a 500-ft. elevation gain). While we will stop from time to time, spending moments to “discover,” this hike isn’t for beginners.

Location: Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/discoveryhike.

June 5 – Equestrian Ride: Discover the Natural Wonders of Weir Canyon

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Be prepared to experience the beauty and wonder of Weir Canyon, steeped in history and lore, on this morning equestrian ride. The ride will travel through Weir Canyon, where the trail weaves its way through a beautiful oak woodland inhabited by deer, coyote, bobcat and many different birds. You will travel the route of the Butterfield Stage and see a monument dedicated to the Mexican ox cart drivers. If time permits, we will climb to the Two Tower vista point to look at distant views. This ride travels on wide trails with several easy to moderate climbs. Equestrians who have trail riding experience and their own fit and able horse are welcome.

Location: Weir Canyon Nature Preserve. Staging area is at Irvine Regional Park, Lot 3. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: You will need to transport your horse to the staging area. Owners of unshod horses, please note that footing will include areas of gravel and distances over asphalt pavement. Please bring water on the ride. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.com/equestrainride.

June 6 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced 4.8-mile hike (400 ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: 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).

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: This is a fitness hike. Please be sure you can maintain a 19-minute mile pace. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike.

June 7 – Art at Arden

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Each month, join a professional artist who will guide you through the practices of plein air painting or botanical illustrations. The art sessions will focus on a different artistic medium and expression, but each program will fully enjoy the beauty found on the grounds.

Location: Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens. 29042 Modjeska Cnayon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676

Website: ocparks.com/historic/modjeska

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2230

Special Instructions: Upon registration, a list of materials is recommended for you to bring to this free program. No materials are provided, only art instruction. Art at Arden welcomes all those who are interested and love the arts, from beginners to advanced artists.

June 7 – Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Take a leisurely double loop equestrian ride through beautiful Baker Canyon in the Black Star Wilderness Area, home of oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub. View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area and see some of the wildflowers that are native to our area. You will gain amazing views of the local canyons and Irvine Lake.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Rancho Silverado Stables Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.LetsGoOutside.org/bakercanyonequestrianride.

June 7, 14, 21, 28 – Wild Tales

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Bring your little wild ones to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. Join us for a fun-filled parent and child experience including storytelling, a guided nature walk and arts and crafts.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/parks/newport

Cost: $5 per child

Parking: Free

Contact: Nathan Taxel at (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: Program and crafts are tailored for preschool level (ages 2-5); however all ages are welcome to attend. Trails are sandy/muddy, so wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for outdoors. Strollers are not recommended on the trails. Registration is required, please sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/activities.

June 8 – Kids’ Fishing Derby

8 – 11 a.m.

OC Parks invites families to enjoy the Kids’ Fishing Derby at Clark Regional Park! This free fishing derby is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from our stocked lake. Kids ages 5 to 15 years old are welcome to participate, and trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish caught. Whether casting a pole for the first time or a seasoned angler, the derby gives the community a chance to enjoy a day of fresh air and fishing.

Location: Clark Regional Park. 8800 Rosecrans Ave., Buena Park, CA 92823

Website: www.ocparks.com/kidsfishingderby

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 973-3170

Special Instructions: Please bring your own fishing poles. A limited amount of bait will be provided. The lake will be stocked with 2,000 lbs. of catfish and there will be a five-fish limit. All minors must be accompanied by an adult, and adults will not be permitted to fish until the event is over. Registration is required at the OC Parks check-in table on the day of the event from 7-8:30 a.m. Food will be available for purchase.

June 8 – Keep It Wild: Nursery and Plant Care

8 – 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in beautiful Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and help maintain the nursery. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers!

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). Park and walk up the gravel trail 100 yards to get to the small native plant nursery, just before the trailers.

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Wear closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection. Bring water. Registration is required, sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/events.

June 8, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 – It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Could you use a boost of living colors? Looking for a way to give back to nature?

Then sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine! You will be harvesting seeds from beautiful native spring wildflowers, like California poppies and arroyo lupines. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required!

Location: Native Seed Farm

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Registration is mandatory. For registration, visit www.letsgooutside.org/itsharvesttime.

June 8 – Naturalist Led Bird and Butterfly Nature Walk

9 – 10 a.m.

Join Volunteer Naturalist Mike Clayton for a one-mile nature walk in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. The walk will focus on identifying and learning about the birds and butterflies encountered on the trail. The walk lasts approximately one hour.

Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/caspers

Cost: Free   

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2210

Special Instructions: Suitable for ages 14 and older. Wear closed-toe shoes and sun protection and bring water and binoculars (optional). Rain cancels event.

June 8, 22 – Beginning Archery

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Join Mile Square Regional Park staff for a beginning archery course for first-time archers. This course will include safety instruction and provide you with an introduction to the sport of archery.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Meet at the overflow/gravel lot.

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 973-6600

Special Instructions: All archery equipment will be provided. Rain will cancel event. Registration required. For more information visit http://www.ocparks.com/parks/mile

June 8 – Heritage Hill’s Volunteer Open House

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Amigos de la Colina, Heritage Hill Historical Park’s dedicated volunteer organization, hosts a family-friendly event to share the various volunteer roles and programs provided at the park. Experience Tours led by volunteers include opportunities to: grind corn on a hands-on tour, play “hoop & relay” during recess and other activities on a living history tour, play Acjachemen games during a Native American tour, and learn about the 100 year history of the park on a walk-in tour. During the event, enjoy music and explore what it means to be a docent at a historical park. Donation of non-perishable food items are encouraged and will be donated to South County Outreach: Hunger and Homeless Prevention.

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park 2515. Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630

Website: www.ocparks.com/heritagehill

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2230

June 9, 16, 23, 30 Ranger Led Hike

8 – 9:15 a.m.

Join OC Parks rangers for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. The hike will last approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan

Capistrano, CA 92675. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.

Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers

Cost: Free   

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2210

Special Instructions: Contact park office for hike updates.

June 9 Moderate-Paced Ride: Limestone Canyon via Hicks Haul Road

8 – 10:30 a.m.

This is a moderate-paced ride designed for the intermediate rider who has experience and skills, but sometimes needs to move slower in more technical areas with steep descents/ascents. This program is for very physically fit riders in excellent cardio condition. The ride starts at the Augustine staging area and travels along the Hick’s Haul paved road, continuing to Shoestring, Augustine, The Sinks, Raptor and the adjacent oak woodlands.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Participants must wear a helmet and carry at least 100 oz. of water, snacks and spare tubes and tools (in case of flats). Your bike must be trail worthy, with at least a front suspension, and in good working condition. We do not ride on bike paths, but rather on hazardous rocky, rutted, sandy fire roads and some single track. This is for adult riders only. Motorized recreation vehicles of any class or type are not permitted for recreational use. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/moderatepacedride.

June 9 – Trail Stewardship Day

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you use the wilderness parks for hiking, biking, photography or just relaxing, Trail Stewardship might be right up your alley! Get up close and personal with the trail you use; you’ll see the trails in a whole new way. This is fun, dirty, hard work. Whatever your skill level is, there is a job to do: clearing and improving drains; trimming back brush; spreading native seed; naturalizing impacted areas and caching dirt. We will be using provided tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods. Hiking is part of the experience and depending on the trail work can be 3 – 4 miles.

Location: We will be working on Old Emerald Falls Trail. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Ridge Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for volunteers

Special Instructions: No experience necessary. Registration required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/trailstewardshipday.

June 9 Second Sunday Restoration

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup and Butterfly Garden maintenance.

Location: Upper Newport Bay, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 923-2290

Special Instructions: No experience is necessary; please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Water and tools are provided. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/secondsundayrestoration.

June 9 Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered, “Where are all of the wild animals in the park?” Visit a FREE Show and Share Exhibit located next to the O’Neill Park Nature Center and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Make a wild animal track mold! Complete a scavenger hunt for a prize! Enjoy nature crafts and games!

Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Website: www.ocparks.com/parks/oneill

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2260

June 9 Peep Inside the Bluebird Box

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered who lives in the bird boxes? Join us for a family friendly program about the western bluebirds that live in Mason Park. Our guest speaker, Joe, has been collecting data and taking care of these boxes for more than 20 years. At this special event Joe will be sharing his research and experiences. We will also get a special peep inside a box. Who knows what we’ll see! Program includes a talk and a short walk on grass.

Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive Irvine, CA 92612. Turn left at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot E. Meet at the tables near Shelter #5.

Cost: Free   

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2260 or email masonpark@ocparks.com  

Special Instructions: Please register for the event online at www.LetsGoOutside.org/peepinsidethebluebirdbox. Rain will cancel event.

June 10 – Tai Chi in the Canyon

9 – 11 a.m.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as its meditative qualities. Baker Canyon offers a natural setting as a perfect location for deep breathing of the fresh air, energizing internal energy (Qi) and using it to connect with the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves, then learn and practice the Yang style.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: The first hour will be dedicated to beginning students learning the first set and the second hour focuses on the advanced students to study the second and third sets. All participants are welcome to either participate or observe both sessions as the gate will be closed for the 2-hour duration. Registration is required, sign up online at https://letsgooutside.org//

June 11 Five Ways to Explore Nature Like the Tongva

8 – 11 a.m.

Explore nature like the native Tongva people! Use all five senses to study native habitats in our area and discuss how the Tongva used their senses to survive.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area

Cost: Free    

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Please register for event online at https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2019/06/11/five-ways-to-explore-nature-like-the-tongva/.

June 11 – Cardio Hike: Mesa Loop

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, afternoon cardio hike on the Mesa. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Silverado and Black Star Canyon as well as possible wildlife sightings.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Canyons Staging Area

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: This is a 5 mile cardio hike, completed in 1.5 hours and includes a 650+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. There are no rest stops on this approximately 5 mile cardio hike, and the average 3.5 mile per hour fast-pace can be difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting. Please bring a minimum of 70 oz. water and trail snacks.  Come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed-toed hiking shoes or boots, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for this extreme fast-paced hike in a wilderness area. Each participant must carry his or her own pack and water. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to this program. Registration is required, sign up online at https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2019/06/11/cardio-hike-mesa-loop-5/

June 12 – Yoga Hike: Canyon View Staging Area

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for volunteers

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/yogahike.

June 12 – Keep It Wild: Dilley Preserve

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants.

Location: 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). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Ages 5 to 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students 16 to 18 years old are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild.

June 13 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate). 18751 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: This is a fitness hike; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike.

June 14 – Distance Hike: Limestone Canyon

7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us for a scenic, fast-paced distance hike in the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 10-to-12-mile hike is for physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents on both double and single track trails. The hike offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains as well as possible wildlife sightings and may include a visit to The Sinks and/or Dripping Springs.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/distancehike.

June 14 – Animal Art II Preschool Program

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close!

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for the duration of program. Registration is required, call (714) 973-6846 to register.

June 14 – Zootopia: 2019 OC Parks Sunset Cinema

6 – 10 p.m.

The annual Sunset Cinema film series returns, featuring 14 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 14 – September 13 around sunset. Friday, June 14 welcomes Zootopia (2016) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site.

Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/sunsetcinema

Cost: Free

Parking: Free after 5 p.m.

June 15 – Keep It Wild – Big Bend

8 – 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for our habitat restoration stewardship in Aliso and Wood Canyons. We’ll learn and work together to create a healthier home for the park’s native plants and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, volunteers may assist with removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants and/or trash pick-up along the creek.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park,Big Bend Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 1 mile south of El Toro Rd.)

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers

Special Instructions: Age Requirements: Ages 5 – 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students 16 – 18 years old are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. The waiver will be sent to you after the online registration form is completed. Register online at www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild.

June 15 – Habitat Restoration

9 – 11 a.m.

Help us enhance Talbert Regional Park by joining our team of volunteers. You and fellow volunteers will restore habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, trail maintenance, planting, and watering. No experience is necessary.

Location: Talbert Regional Park. 1298 Victoria St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. The group will meet at the vehicular gate to the park, located on Balboa Blvd.

Cost: Free

Parking: Free; parking will be street parking at the end of 19th Street in the city of Costa Mesa (19th St. and Balboa Blvd.)

Special Instructions: Minors must have legal guardian present at all times. Sturdy boots, long pants and long sleeves are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/habitatrestoration.

June 16 – Intro Mountain Biking

8:30– 10:30 a.m.

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.

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot)

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Ages 15 and up with signed waiver from parent. Registration required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/intromountainbiking.

June 16 – Intermediate Mountain Biking

8:30– 10:30 a.m.

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 is required.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. From southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into the parking lot.

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Ages 15 and up with signed waiver from parent. Registration required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/intromountainbiking.

June 19 – Under the Sea Preschool Program

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Learn all about animals in the ocean including fish, dolphins, sharks and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Ages 3 to 4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. Registration is required, call 714-973-6846 to register.

June 20 – Fitness Hike

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). 18751 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: This hike is strenuous and fast-paced. Please be sure you can maintain a 19-minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Registration is required. Sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike.

June 20 – The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and the Sinks Equestrian Ride

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub. View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area and see some of the wildflowers that are native to our area. You will also see some of the designated natural landmarks of the area.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/lureandlulloflimestonecanyon.

June 20 – Hard Day’s Night: 2019 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

5 – 8 p.m.

The County of Orange and OC Parks welcome back the annual outdoor summer concert series with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 20 – August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Join us Thursday, June 20 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton for live music featuring Hard Day’s Night with opener Greasy Spoons. Event opens at 5 p.m. for guests to enjoy the beer garden, food trucks, and to save their spot on the grass for the concert! All concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. Concertgoers 21 and over can purchase beer and wine at the beer tent. Bring your family and enjoy live music under the stars with OC Parks this summer.

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/summerconcertseries

Location: Craig Regional Park. 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Cost: Free

Parking: Free after 4 p.m.

June 21 – Tot Walk

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join OC Parks naturalists along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, and birds and explore! Rangers and OC Parks staff may even host a game or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun!

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot)

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Registration required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/totwalk.

June 21 – Baker Canyon Equestrian Ride in Black Star Wilderness Area

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Take a leisurely double loop equestrian ride through beautiful Baker Canyon in the Black Star Wilderness Area, home of oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub.  View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area and see some of the wildflowers that are native to our area. You will gain amazing views of the local canyons and Irvine Lake.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Rancho Silverado Stables Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/bakercanyonequestrainride.

June 21 – Grease: 2019 OC Parks Sunset Cinema

6 – 10 p.m.

The annual Sunset Cinema film series returns, featuring 14 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 14 – September 13 around sunset. Friday, June 21 welcomes Grease (1978) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site.

Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/sunsetcinema

Cost: Free

Parking: Free after 5 p.m.

June 22 – Trail Stewardship Day

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you use the wilderness parks for hiking, biking, photography or just relaxing, Trail Stewardship might be right up your alley! Get up close and personal with the trail you use; you’ll see the trails in a whole new way. This is fun, dirty, hard work. Whatever your skill level is, there is a job to do: clearing and improving drains; trimming back brush; spreading native seed; naturalizing impacted areas and caching dirt. We will be using provided tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods. Hiking is part of the experience and depending on the trail work can be 3 – 4 miles.

Location: Meet at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail.

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for volunteers

Special Instructions: No experience necessary. Registration required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/trailstewardship.

June 22 – Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Let the force be with you when you visit the OC Zoo! Join us for a fun day that includes Star Wars kids crafts, games and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be scheduled animal meet-and-greets throughout the day. All visitors are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars attire/costume. The first 100 children ages 12 & under in Star Wars costume will receive a free gift and a free train ride ticket at Irvine Park Railroad.

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869

Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: 714-973-6846

Special Instructions: Reservations are not needed. Activities are free with paid zoo admission.

June 23 – Peters Canyon Habitat Restoration Event

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Join OC Parks staff and other volunteers in enhancing habitat at Peters Canyon Regional Park! Activities may include planting native plants, watering, removing invasive plants, mulching or weeding.

Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869

Cost: Free     

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: No experience is necessary. Water will be provided. Tools will be available. Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Rain or heat advisories will cancel the event. To register please visit https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2019/06/23/peters-canyon-habitat-restoration-event-3/

June 23 – Bird Walk

8 – 11 a.m.

Spot local native and seasonal resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile walk through a landscaped suburban parkland setting at Mason Regional Park. No experience necessary!

Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 (Exit I-405 at Culver Drive south, turn right (west/south) on University Drive, left at San Joaquin/park entrance – meet at western end of Parking Lot 1)

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/parks/william/

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/birdwalk.

June 23 – Junior Ranger Day at the Bay

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Young nature enthusiasts can earn their Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete a short service project, take the junior ranger oath and earn their OC Parks Junior Ranger Badge. Activities will be designed for learners in the 9-12 age range, but everyone is welcome.

Location: Upper Newport Bay, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2277 or email unbic@ocparks.com.

Special Instructions: Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited so advance registration is encouraged. Registration required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/juniorrangerday.

June 25 – Advanced Cardio Hike: Dripping Springs & Shoestring

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, afternoon cardio hike starting in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. This is a 8.5 mile cardio hike, completed in 2.5 hours and includes a 1600+ foot elevation change. This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/advancedcardiohike.

June 26 – Keep It Wild – Aliso Creek

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for our habitat restoration stewardship in Aliso and Wood Canyons. We’ll learn and work together to create a healthier home for the park’s native plants and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, volunteers may assist with removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants and/or trash pick-up along the creek.

Location: Meet at the Aliso Viejo Community Park at 150 Cedarbrook, Aliso Viejo, CA. The parking lot in front of the soccer fields/playground.

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers

Special Instructions: Ages 5 – 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students 16 – 18 years old are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. The waiver will be sent to you after the online registration form is completed. Register online at www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild.

June 26 – Wildlife Explorers Program – Critters Big & Small

10 – 11:15 a.m.

This program uses curriculum by the National Recreation and Park Association. Join us for fun ways to connect youth to nature by encouraging exploration in Irvine Regional Park with one of our zookeepers. After, we will return to the zoo for crafts and animal fun.

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Cost: $5 per child (one adult included)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Ages 5-10 years old only. Registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register.

June 27 – Trail Running

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers on a 5.5-mile run for intermediate level trail runners. This run, with an elevation gain of 600 ft. on the rugged terrain of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, is a great way to experience the trails. Please come ready to run and have fun.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area Area (west side of the 133, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: You must wear proper shoes and attire, carry water and energy snacks. Ages 16 and up (with a signed waiver from parent). Waivers can be downloaded at  www.eventbrite.com/trailrunning.

June 27 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6.2-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Meet at the Canyon View Staging Area. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas). We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail.

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Please be aware, this is a FITNESS hike; the pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike.

June 27 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: 2019 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

5 – 8 p.m.

The County of Orange and OC Parks welcome back the annual outdoor summer concert series with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 20 – August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Join us Thursday, June 27 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton for live music featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with opener Kris Bradley. Event opens at 5 p.m. for guests to enjoy the beer garden, food trucks, and to save their spot on the grass for the concert! All concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m., free and open to the public of all ages. Concertgoers 21 and over can purchase beer and wine at the beer tent. Bring your family and enjoy live music under the stars with OC Parks this summer.

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/summerconcertseries

Location: Craig Regional Park. 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Cost: Free

Parking: Free after 4 p.m.

June 28 – Thor: 2019 OC Parks Sunset Cinema

6 – 10 p.m.

The annual Sunset Cinema film series returns, featuring 14 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 14 – September 13 around sunset. Friday, June 28 welcomes Thor (2011) at Craig Regional Park. Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site.

Location: Craig Regional Park. 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/sunsetcinema

Cost: Free

Parking: Free after 5 p.m.

June 30 – Crafty Kids Sunday

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come join us for a fun themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Crafty Kids Sunday features free craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Credit: OC Parks.

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