Saturday, September 1, 2018

OC PARKS SEPTEMBER 2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


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OC PARKS SEPTEMBER 2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September 1 – Free Fishing Days
If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. California Department of Fish and Wildlife offer two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try.  
Location: Mile Square Park. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free     
Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (714)973-3197 
Special Instructions: For more information visit: www.ocparks.com/freefishing.

September 1 – Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families, and challenging experiences for seasoned trail users.  Designated trails are available for self-guided access for hiking, biking and equestrian use by connecting various loops to offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7 miles in a strong cardio trek.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6607
Special Instructions: Parking is limited on Black Star Canyon Road and carpooling is strongly encouraged. Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/wad.

September 1 – Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use, where you can reach several peaks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks through the thick chaparral brush. Riders who have trail riding experience with a fit and able horse will enjoy choosing routes from easy 30-minute walks to strenuous 7 mile loops.
Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: There is limited space for equestrian parking along Black Star Canyon Road, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Riders must also have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area. It is first come, first served for trailer parking and therefore pre-registration and early arrival is HIGHLY recommended. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/wadequestrian.

September 1 – Caspers Park Foundation Monthly Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Caspers Park Foundation hosts its monthly meeting in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. Please join for an interactive talk with a special guest.
Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Please contact the park office for more information at (949) 923-2210.

September 1 – Volunteer Led Hike
12 – 1 p.m.
Join Caspers Park Foundation volunteers for a 1-mile guided 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.
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Please contact park office for hike updates and cancellations.

September 1 – Snakes of Orange County
7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
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 found in Orange County.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: Meet at the Nature Center at 7:15 p.m. For more information visit: www.ocparks.com/snakesofoc.

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Ranger Led Hike
8 – 9:15 a.m.
Join OC Parks rangers for a 1-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.
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Contact park office for hike updates.

September 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 3, 6 or 8 mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3 to 3.5 miles per hour.
Location: Limestone Canyon Wilderness Park, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: The road is paved and the terrain is smooth, so this is a great walk for anyone who wants a “wilderness experience” without getting dirty! We will have two fairly steep hill ascents and descents. Along the way, you will have sweeping views of much of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains. Various animals, like hawks, deer and lizards are also frequently seen in this area. Walkers should be confident in their ability to hike 3, 6 or 8 miles at a steady pace. Ages 16 and up. Low interpretation. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/tuesdaymorninghike.

September 4 – Waterworks Trail Restoration: Fremont Canyon
9 – 11 a.m.
Please join Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and volunteers as we work to restore and maintain the land along the new Waterworks Trail in Fremont Canyon! This is a stewardship activity and duties may include removing invasive plants, watering and weeding around existing native plants that were planted earlier in the year or other similar duties.
Location:  Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, Lot 15. Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and preferably wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Participants must also bring their own water as well as wear sunscreen and hats. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/waterworks.

September 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 nights 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 Wilderness Park, 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 1 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.

September 6 Thursday Morning Trek: Limestone Canyon and Dripping Springs
7 – 10:30 a.m.
This week in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, we’ll hike in Limestone Canyon to Dripping Springs. The hike is 7-mile loop hike which includes some hills and descents. In addition to the springs, we will enjoy panoramic views of the wildlands from East Loma.
Location:  Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Please bring water, a trail snack, sunscreen, a hat, and any other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail, and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking boots. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/thursdaytrek.

September 6 – 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 over steep and uneven terrain (700 ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners, pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Please wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water.

September 6 Cardio Hike: Mesa Loop 
6 – 7:30 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.
Location:  Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park. Canyons Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up. 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 the extreme fast-paced hike in a wilderness area.  Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/cardiohike.

September 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. 
Location:  Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Riders should have trail riding experience and a fit and able horse.  They must have the ability to transport their horse to the staging area. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/bakercanyonequstrianride.

September 7 – Moana: 2018 OC Parks Sunset Cinema
6 – 10 p.m.
The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Sunset Cinema film series, featuring 14 free movies at OC parks across the county. The 2018 OC Parks Sunset Cinema series continues with Moana at Buff Park at Salt Creek Beach.
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2280
Special Instructions: Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema and enjoy recent popular flicks and introduce the young ones in your life to beloved classics. 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. For the entire Sunset Cinema calendar visit: http://www.ocparks.com/sunsetcinema

September 8 – Native Plant Nursery
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/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers!
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
Cost: Free
Parking: Free parking passes will be provided at nursery
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Wear closed toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection. Bring water. Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission. A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities. Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/nativeplant.

September 8, 15, 29– It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Want to stand knee deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving 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 quirky native summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushion and California Wishbone Bush. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required! The seeds you will pick has a direct impact on our local wildlife. It will be used out in the wild to re-grow animal habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The types you’ll help harvest were specially selected by our ecologists to provide animals with food and shelter, and also to buffer the negative impacts of floods and wildfires, which affect people too. Come help us harness the special traits of these plants to heal the wildland within the Landmarks!
Location: Native Seed Farm
Cost: Free     
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/harvesttime. Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website: All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.

September 8, 15, 22, 29 – Walk with a Naturalist
9 – 10:30 a.m.
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.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678. Meet at Nature Center Patio
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: Event is conditional on weather.  

September 8 – Family Fossil Day
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Family Fossil day is a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils The three-hour program will introduce you to the fossil history of Orange County. Participants age 6 and older will also be able to visit Clark Regional Park's marine fossil site.
Location: Clark Regional Park. 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621. Meet at interpretive center.
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3170
Special Instructions: Event is rain or shine. Pack a picninc lunch and stay for the day at the park following the program. For more information visit: www.ocparks.com/familyfossilday.    

September 8 – Geology Hike at Dilley
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Step back 25 million years in Orange County's history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300 ft elevation gain.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
Cost: Free                                           
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: For ages 15 and up. Bring water, hiking shoes (hiking poles suggested), snacks, the field guides of your choice, and a sense of adventure! Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/geologyhike.

September 9 – Second Sundays Restoration Program
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Join preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing Upper Newport Bay's habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash removal and garden maintenance.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. No experience is necessary. Water and tools are provided. Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Rain cancels event. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/secondsunday.

September 9, 30– Beginning Archery Class
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Join Mile Square Park Staff for a beginning archery course for first time archers. This course will include a safety instruction and provide you with an introduction to the sport of archery. All archery equipment will be provided. Park in the overflow parking lot near the archery range. 
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Event and parking are both free. Rain will cancel event. Ages 12 and up. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required, sign up online at https://letsgooutside.org/beginningarchery.

September 9 – The Mysterious World of O’Neill Park
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Have you ever wondered, "Where are all the wild animals in the park?"  Visit a Show and Share exhibit next to the Nature Center at O'Neill Regional Park and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Make a wild animal track mold. Enjoy nature, crafts and games. Show and Share exhibit activities from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Scavenger Hunt 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: Meet at the Nature Center Patio. For more information visit: www.ocparks.com/mysteriousworld.

September 10 – Discover Hidden Canyons of OC: Baker Canyon Meadow
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Discover the hidden canyons and trails found on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. These seldom hiked trails offer fantastic vista views, secluded oasis of oaks or rising rocky outcrops. Come take a stroll along the trails to discover the hidden gems of Orange County. We will listen to tales about how the geology was formed underfoot to tales of the plants and animals that call these protected habitats home.
Location:  Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Special Instructions: Ages 13 and up. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for our hike as well as bring proper sun protection and water. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/discoverhiddencanyons.

September 10, 17, 24 – 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 our internal energy (Qi) and using it to root ourselves to the land. The class will perform gentle warm up exercises directly associated with many of the moves and we will 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 www.letsgooutside.org/taichi.

September 11 – California Native Plants and Uses
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period on this 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road, make U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
Cost: Free    
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Online reservations required at www.eventbrite.com/canativeplants. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday

September 11, 18 – Evening Hike in the Canyons
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Come 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. Also, 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 shoes. A flashlight with a red tinted light is not required but might be nice to have as it will be dark out when we finish our hike. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/evninghike.

September 12 – Restoration Stewardship Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of habitat restoration work in the Pecten Reef area of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the park their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various restoration activities including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 17 and up (must have waiver signed by parent). Lunch and refreshments served. Trail to be determined closer to event and notification will be sent to those signed up. We will be meeting at the Aliso Viejo Community Park on the opposite end of the middle school. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/trailstewardship.

September 12, 26 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). We will stop from time to time, spending moments to discover.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. 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 (22100 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. This hike isn't for beginners.
Please wear closed toe hiking shoes, sun protection and bring plenty of water.

September 12 – Yoga Hike
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: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. 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 (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon. Hike leaders and participants will meet at the end of the paved sidewalk, entering the canyon.
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-220
Special Instructions: For ages 12 and up. Please bring a towel and water, yoga mat optional. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday to Friday or (949) 923-2200 Saturday and Sunday. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/yogahike.

September 13 – Fitness Hike at Willow
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. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 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: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online at www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. Please wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Remember: This hike is stenuous and fast-paced. Please be sure you can maintain a 19-minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early