Wednesday, January 2, 2013

OC Parks January 2013 Calendar of Events

Here are some highlights from the OC Parks January Calendar of events, if you are looking for hiking ideas or other outdoor events in the month of January to help fulfill those new years resolutions!

January 3– Fitness Hike at Ridge Park 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and 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. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) 

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Tideland Tykes
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join our preserve staff for a fun-filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, story telling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: Ages 2-8 years recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Program will be cancelled if rainy conditions are present.

January 4 – Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by 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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 8 and up. 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 4, 11, 18, 25 – Wild Tales
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Visit with Preserve staff for story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: 2-8 years.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

January 5– Birding Hike
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot local native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike to the lake on uneven but level terrain 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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring binoculars. 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). 

January 5 – Birding Basics with Ranger Portia
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Join us on our bird walk as we welcome our fall/winter avian visitors back to Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve! Explore the diverse bird populations; from seasonal migratory species to year-round residents, birders of all ages will enjoy a morning outdoors on these informative, yet fun-filled walks. The program will meet at the Constellation Street park entrance at 8:30 a.m. Come prepared for your birding adventure with binoculars, hat, sunscreen and appropriate footwear.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: All ages.  This program will be cancelled if rainy/muddy conditions are present 24 hours prior or enrollment minimums are not met. This program is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to save your spot and receive directions to the Constellation Street entrance.

January 5 – Saturday Fitness Hike at Canyon Vistas 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a fresh, coastal breeze as you get your workout in the park on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain). Hike through lush Wood Canyon and up surrounding ridges with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. 
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the Canyon View Park entrance).


January 5, 12, 19, 26 – Nature Hike
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Join our Naturalist on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park, 30982 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 6 and up. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance.

January 5 – Mile Square Nature Walk
10 – 11 a.m.
Come "Walk in our Wild Side" as you join a Park Naturalist on an easy 1-mile walk in our 15-acre Natural Area. See birds, hawks, insects, butterflies, and native plants. Recommended: Hat, binoculars, drinking water, and comfortable shoes.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/milesquare/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Recommended for children over the age of 4. Meet at the entrance of the Natural Area just located next to parking Lot F.

January 5, 12, 19, 26 –Campfire Program
7 – 8 p.m.
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT. Join us for a campfire program that 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 may vary weekly. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  All ages welcome! For more information call 949-923-2210.

January 5, 12, 19, 26 – Ranger Led Campfire Program
8 – 9 p.m.
Join us each Saturday night at the amphitheater for this Ranger led talk on local animal life, set to the glow of fire light. This event is only open to those camping at O’Neill Park. No access for day use after sunset.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park, 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions. You must be camping at O’Neill to be able to attend the event.

January 6, 20 – Recreational Mountain Bike Ride
8 – 10 a.m.
Catch beautiful coastal canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-ft. elevation gain) with OC Parks Ranger Ed Bridges and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. 
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right on Awma, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

January 6– Edible and Useful Plant Hike 
8 – 11 a.m.
Early pioneers found their uses for local and introduced plants, and now science is finding out about potentially valuable medicines in our wild backyard. Learn about these edible and useful plants during a moderate, but steep, uneven 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalist, Karin Klein (author of 50 Hikes in Orange County).
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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). 

January 6, 13, 20, 27 – Nature Hike
9 – 10 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. Topics may vary and meet at Old Corral Day Use area. If rain hike cancels and for more information call 949-923-2210.
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. Meet at the Old Corral day use area. For additional information call the park at (949) 923-2210.

January 6 – Nature Center Open 
10 am – 2 p.m.
Nature Center open the 1st Sunday of each month. Join a Park Ranger for a tour of the nature center and learn about local history, flora and fauna.
Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/santiagooaks/
Event Fee: Free Parking: $5
Contact: (714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622
Special Instructions: All ages.

January 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 – 5 Senses of Nature
9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Join Josh, one of our trained staff, on a walk to the Redwoods on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Josh will help you use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods and hear the story of these majestic trees and how they came to Carbon Canyon Park. The walks will be every Saturday and Sunday mornings and in the afternoons. You will also get a chance to visit the Nature Center.
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/carboncanyon/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages. Carbon Canyon is located off the 57 freeway, exit Lambert rd and drive toward the hills, once you cross Valencia St.; Lambert turns into Carbon Canyon rd. We are located at Santa Fe and Carbon Canyon rd. The walk begins at the nature center.







January 8 – Easy Nature Hike to the Oaks 
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 (150-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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 12 and up. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). 

January 8 – Moderate Fitness Hike
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Winter is a great time to experience beautiful Aliso and Wood Canyons. Join a registered dietician who's a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer on this moderately paced, 4-mile hike. Enjoy sharing fitness and nutrition information while you exercise (elevation gain 300-ft. on rocky and uneven terrain). Wear a hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes and please bring water, any necessary medications and a snack. 
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 per person Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 7 (from intersection of Aliso Creek Rd and Glenwood Dr, head south on Glenwood Dr [turns into Pacific Park Dr], and turn right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the Canyon View Park entrance. For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

January 9 – 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. For ages 12 and up.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 12 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

January 10 – 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 (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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 11 – Discovery Hike
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its wildlife with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate, but steep, uneven and rocky, 5-mile hike (200-ft. elevation gain).
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

January 11 – A Long Winters Night Hike
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Come see Peters Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting, in the dark! Park Rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night. The free family event will feature many fun activities including: *A live animal presentation *A craft area for kids *Hot cocoa and cookies *A hike through the wilderness area.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park, 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/peterscanyon/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Recommended for ages 7 and up. This is an outdoor event. Please dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. No dogs allowed.

January 12 – Play Day at the Bay – Migration Magic
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for “wild” weekend fun as we explore the amazing ecosystem of the Upper Newport Bay Estuary! This free, family friendly program includes crafts, activities and hands-on demonstrations. 
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: No registration necessary. This program will be cancelled if rainy/muddy conditions are present. 

January 12– California Native Plants & Wildflower Hike
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn to identify native plants 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, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). 

January 12 – Caspers Park Foundation Meeting
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly volunteer meeting held in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. This is a great opportunity to learn just what volunteers do, as well as meet others who love nature, the outdoors, and preserving the park for all. Meeting starts at 9:30 am followed at 10 am by an informative lecture presented by guest speakers. January speaker: Donna Krucki Subject: Mountain Lions.
 Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. Please bring a favorite dish for the potluck.  

January 12 – Family Hike
3 – 5 p.m.
Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Families welcome. You will hike in one of the most diverse areas, through a canopy of oaks, past Barbara’s Lake, and back. Led by 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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 12 – Sunset Hike
4 p.m.
Experience Riley Wilderness Park at sunset by joining a Ranger for a leisurely one-hour hike through Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub and Grassland communities. Enjoy the wide variety of plants and animals that make their home here. Be sure to bring water and wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the evening hike as well as hiking shoes. Please No baby joggers or strollers.
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/rileypark/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923–2265 or (949) 923-2264

January 13– Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
8 – 10:30 a.m.
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. 
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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. 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). 

January 13 – Second Sunday Habitat Restoration Program
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join Preserve staff and other 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. No experience is necessary; water, snacks and tools are provided. 
Location: Upper Newport Bay, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Program will be cancelled if inclement weather is present.  

January 17 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
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 (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. 
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

January 18 – Tot Walk
9 – 11 a.m.
Bring your wee ones (babies to 3 years), to explore our wild backyard on this easy walk with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. 
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 0 to 3 years. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia, first right Awma, left into parking lot). For questions call: (949) 497-8324. 

January 18 – A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy the outdoors and learn about diverse plant life on this leisurely paced, 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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 8 and up. 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 18 –Animal Art II – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Join us for an hour of fun and creativity with an animal theme! Come ready to get a little messy! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

January 19 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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). For questions call: (949) 497-8324.

January 19 – Keep it Wild
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than to join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right on Awma, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

January 20 – Exploring San Juan Hot Springs and Cold Spring Canyon Hike
9 – 11 a.m.
Please join Caspers Park Naturalist Karin Klein on a 3 mile journey through history and nature as we explore the San Juan Hot Springs and Cold Springs Canyon. This hike will take you past the Hot Springs while learning its history and geologic significance, then it's up Cold Springs Canyon where you'll find a wide variety of Milkmaids, Canyon Sunflower, Miners Lettuce and Canyon Pea under this beautiful Coast Live Oak canopy. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 7 years and up. Reservations required. Please contact Office Technician Cindi Morgan at 949 923 2207 or cindi.morgan@ocparks.com Limited spaces. This hike is approximately 3 miles with 400 feet elevation gain. Please bring water, sunscreen, hat and sturdy shoes. Meet at Hot Springs Parking lot on Hot Springs Road, behind Fire Station. 

January 22 – Beginning Fitness Hike
9 – 10:30 a.m.
The new year is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake & back (100-ft. elevation gain. Join LCF volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike.
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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 12 and up. Wear walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 24 –Nose, Toes & Ears – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

January 24 –Fitness Hike at Dilley
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 (900-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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 26 – Let’s Go Hiking
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. We’ll examine a cave, several faults, sandstones from Topanga and Vaqueros formations. You’ll discover laminations in the sandstone, fossil scallops, modern and prehistoric landslides, and huge lava-filled fissures (or dikes) radiating across the landscape. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (650-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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). For questions call: (949) 497-8324.

January 26 – Caspers Trail Work Day
9 – 11 a.m.
Come join Caspers Wilderness Park Rangers and other enthusiastic CPF volunteers for our monthly trail work day. You will work with our Park Rangers and trail leaders in maintaining and brushing Caspers Wilderness Park trails.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. To sign up call Cindi Morgan at 949-923-2207 or email cindi.morgan@ocparks.com. If rain, event cancels. For cancellation or more information, please call 949 923 2210. Please bring water, work gloves, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes.

January 26 – Wieder Work Days
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join park staff and other volunteers with enhancing Wieder Regional Park's natural resources. Located on the coastal bluffs of Huntington Beach, this unique habitat overlooks the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Pacific Ocean. Activities may include non-native plant removal, trail maintenance or trash cleanup. No experience is necessary; water, snacks and tools are provided. 
Location: Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park. 19251 Seapoint Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/wiederpark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2295
Special Instructions: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register. Rain cancels the event.

January 26 – A Walk on the Wild Side
3 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy a peaceful, family-friendly walk through an enclave of pristine wilderness just minutes from freeways! Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this 2.0-mile walk over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) through Coastal Sage Scrub to Barbara’s Lake, the only natural fresh-water lake in Orange County.
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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 8 and up. Bring water, sunscreen and walking shoes. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road)

January 27 – Bird Walk 
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot local and winter migratory birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 150-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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 12 and up. Wear hiking shoes and bring your binoculars. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). 

January 27 – Family Sun Day Fun Day
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Families are invited to come play, explore, listen and connect with nature and each other. LCF volunteer naturalist and nature mentor Kimberly Leeds will guide you through nature activities and games to enliven your wilderness awareness. Bring your curiosity! 
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:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Hats and water are a must! The terrain will be uneven and steep in some areas, be prepared to get dirty and get up close and personal with nature! Enter park and make a right turn at the T intersection. Make a left into the first parking lot and meet at the far end.

January 31 – 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 (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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

January 31 – Scales, Feathers & Fur – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Learn all about the differences between reptiles, birds, and mammals! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

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