Thursday, September 1, 2011

OC Parks September Calendar of Events

Here are some highlights from the OC Parks September Calendar of events, if you are looking for hiking ideas or other outdoor events in the month of September.

September 1 – Fitness Hike at Dilley
8 – 10 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). 

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Tideland Tykes
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join Preserve staff for a fun-filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience! 
Location: Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/unbic/
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: 2 to 8 years.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. 

September 2, 16 – Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy the outdoors and discover the diverse plant life on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions:  Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 8 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).

September 3 – Fitness Hike at Big Bend
8 – 10 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (1185-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Please wear appropriate hiking shoes/hiking poles strongly recommended and be prepared for potential heat out in the canyon. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Big Bend Staging Area (ask for directions). 

September 3 – Mars and Stars: Overloading Our Celestial Circuits 
7 to 10 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back NASA’s Jet Propulsions Laboratory (JPL) for a series of educational public programs showcasing various missions to Mars. The second event in the series takes place at Upper Newport Bay. JPL Solar System Ambassador John Hoot will explain how we communicate with, command, monitor, navigate and return science data from spacecraft over 100 million miles away. While we often marvel at the stunning images from the surface of Mars, Hoot will explain how that information gets here. 
Location: Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/unbic/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: All ages.  Registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2290 or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Some activities will be outdoors, please dress warmly. 

September 2, 16 – Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy the outdoors and discover the diverse plant life on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions:  Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 8 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).

September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Nature Walk
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. All ages are welcome including children. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923 -2256
Special Instructions: Ages 7 and up. Meet at Nature Center just inside the main entrance to the Park.  Please be careful to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor trail activity and bring water and sunscreen as needed. 

September 3 – Mars and Stars: Overloading Our Celestial Circuits 
7 to 10 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back NASA’s Jet Propulsions Laboratory (JPL) for a series of educational public programs showcasing various missions to Mars. The second event in the series takes place at Upper Newport Bay. JPL Solar System Ambassador John Hoot will explain how we communicate with, command, monitor, navigate and return science data from spacecraft over 100 million miles away. While we often marvel at the stunning images from the surface of Mars, Hoot will explain how that information gets here. 
Location: Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/unbic/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: All ages.  Registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2290 or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Some activities will be outdoors, please dress warmly. 

September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Caspers Campfire Program
8– 9 p.m.
Come join a ranger for an hour of fun and learning about Caspers Wilderness Park. The campfire program may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics vary weekly. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Donation: Free Parking: $5
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  All ages. Camping is not required, parking fees do apply. For cancellations due to rain, please call (949) 923-2210.

September 3, 10, 17, 24 – O’Neill Campfire Program
8 to 9 p.m.
Join us each Saturday night as one of the Park Rangers will lead a family oriented talk on the local wildlife.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923 -2256
Special Instructions: for those camping at the park only. Meet in the Amphitheater directly behind the Nature Center.

September 4, 11, 18, 25 – Caspers Nature Hike
8 – 9 a.m.
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. A wide variety of plant and animal life is found in these areas.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  All ages. Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended. If cancellations due to rain, please call (949) 923-2210.

September 6, 20 – Bird Walk
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Join our Naturalists on a nature/bird walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon birds and nature. All levels of birders welcome including beginners. Moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center. We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923 -2256
Special Instructions: Meet at the Nature Center.

September 8 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore
8 – 10 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, up to 4.8-mile hike (700-ft elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west wide of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

September 10 – California Native Plant/Wildflower Hike
8 – 11 a.m.
Learn to identify native plans with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist Nadine Nordstrom (author of the South Coast Wilderness Plant Identification Guide) on this moderate but very fast-paced, steep and rocky, 3.5-mile hike (1000-ft elevation gain)
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html.Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).

September 10 – Easy Early Evening Hike
3 – 5 p.m.
Start your weekend with an easy 2 to3 mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft elevation gain). Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers will lead you through a canopy of oaks and willows to Barbara’s Lake and back. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 7 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR – 133, just north of 73 Toll Road).

September 13 – Exploring Biodiversity Hike
9 – 11 a.m.
Explore the diversity of animal and plant species as you explore our ever-changing wilderness on a 1.5-mile, slow and easy hike over rocky and uneven terrain.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133, just north of the 73 Toll Road).

September 13 – Easy Early Evening Hike
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Come and enjoy a stress-free end to your day on a level and moderate 3 mile hike (100-ft elevation gain) through riparian landscape and open grass land. Along the way discover evidence of bobcat, coyote and deer. Led by Laguna Canyon Volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html For ages 7 and older. Please park on the park side of the street or in the parking lot.  Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1.

September 17 - 30 – Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekends
Irvine Park Railroad’s sixth annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! Activities include train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, face painting (weekends only), picture stands, the OC Zoo and a lot more.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Entrance is free, all other activities vary. Parking: $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends. 
Contact: (714) 997–3968 or (714) 973-3173
Special Instructions: All ages. For additional information and costs, please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com

September 13 – Easy Early Evening Hike
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Come and enjoy a stress-free end to your day on a level and moderate 3 mile hike (100-ft elevation gain) through riparian landscape and open grass land. Along the way discover evidence of bobcat, coyote and deer. Led by Laguna Canyon Volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html For ages 7 and older. Please park on the park side of the street or in the parking lot.  Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1.

September 22 – Fitness Hike at Willow
8 – 10 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 3.5 mile hike over seep and uneven terrain (650-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).

September 25 – Birding Hike
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot the local native birds, including migratory summer residents, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 140-ft elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.  
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 12 and up. Bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of the 73 Toll Road).

September 25 – Cultural Resource Hike
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Learn how Native Americans of this area used various plants on this rigorous, steep and uneven 2-mile hike (700-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 15 and up.  

September 25 – Dilley Loop Hike
9 – 11 a.m.
Get close to nature on this leisurely 2 mile hike (370-ft elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain as you spot plants, animals or maybe their tracks and signs along the way.   
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of the 73 Toll Road).

September 29 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
8 – 10 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast paced, 4.5 mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: www.ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html  

September 25 – Dilley Loop Hike
9 – 11 a.m.
Get close to nature on this leisurely 2 mile hike (370-ft elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain as you spot plants, animals or maybe their tracks and signs along the way.   
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Ages 12 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of the 73 Toll Road).

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