Friday, March 1, 2013

OC PARKS MARCH 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Here are some highlights from the OC Parks March Calendar of events, if you are looking for hiking ideas or other outdoor events in the month of March, make sure to check our some of these great events!

OC Parks MARCH 2013 calendar of events

March 1, 15 – 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://ocparks.com/parks/newport/
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

March 2 – Bird Walk
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this slow and easy 2-mile walk through a landscaped suburban parkland setting at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunan/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $5 per vehicle  
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up. Wear biking or walking shoes, bring binoculars! Enter Laguna Niguel Regional Park and make a right turn at the T intersection. Make a left into the first parking lot and meet at the far end. 

March 2 – 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. 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://ocparks.com/parks/newport/  
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
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 email unbic@ocparks.com to save your spot and receive directions to the Constellation Street entrance.

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Nature Walk
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: http://ocparks.com/parks/oneill/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance.

March 2– Wilderness Access Day – Black Star Canyon
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come explore the beauty in Black Star Canyon! Enjoy self-guided access in magnificent Black Star and Baker Canyons. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking, and equestrian use for all you trail lovers! Parking is limited. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. All participants MUST check in and complete their registration at the Baker Staging Area prior to accessing the trail system. If you are found to be on the trails without a day use pass you will be immediately directed back to the staging area. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty. Please plan accordingly. Choices range from easy 30-minute walks to strenuous 7 -mile cardio hikes.
 Location: Irvine Ranch Open Space. Baker Staging Area.
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvineranch
Event Fee: Free Parking: Free  
Contact: (714) 973-6865
Special Instructions: Participants are required to stay on designated trails at all times. Dogs are prohibited. Trail users are allowed to enter the wilderness trails up until 2 p.m., at which time registration will close. Click the link below to register online and receive a map to the staging area and parking, at Black Star Canyon near Silverado. http://www.irlandmarks.org/activities/sign-up.aspx?id=11597

March 2 – Caspers Park Foundation Meeting
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly 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 a.m. followed by an informative lecture presented by guest speakers at 10 a.m. This month, Jeannine Pederson, Cooper Center Archaeologist, will be leading the lecture.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/ronald/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. Please bring a favorite dish for the potluck. To sign up call Cindi Morgan at (949) 923-2207 or cindi.morgan@ocparks.com.

March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 – 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://ocparks.com/parks/carbon/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages.

March 2 – Family Hike
3 – 5:30 p.m.
Come and begin your weekend with an enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain).  Families welcome.  You will hike in one of the park’s 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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).

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/ronald/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  All ages welcome!


March 3, 17 – 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 & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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).

March 3 – Festival of Whales Sand Sculpting Competition
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Presented by OC Parks, this is a great event for teams of every kind – from families and friends to hardcore sand sculpting enthusiasts – join us! The contest is a day of fun, sun and creativity for all participants. No experience is necessary and the event is open to all ages. A complete explanation of materials and tools allowed is included on page 2 of the registration form (click here to download). Advance registration is recommended (10 plots available) or register in person on the day of the event at the OC Parks tent on the sand at Baby Beach (5 plots available). A child play area will be available. Choose one of five categories: Castles, Whales and Ocean Creatures, Pirates and Ships, Woodies and Surfboards, or Patriotic Emblems. Contestants start at 8 a.m., judging begins at 2:30 p.m. with awards to follow. Bring your own buckets and tools, dyes and stabilizers not allowed – all natural. Sand provided free!  Bring a team of family and friends and join the fun!
Location: Dana Point Baby Beach. 34551 Puerto Place, Dana Point, CA 92629 
Website: http://ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=23548
Cost: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: Contact Steve Bonhall (949) 923-2281.  

March 3 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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). 

March 3, 10, 17, 24 – Nature Walk
9 – 10:30 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.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/ronald/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  All ages. Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

March 3 – Nature Center Open 
10 am – 2 p.m.
Nature Center open the first 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/parks/santiago/
Event Fee: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622
Special Instructions: All ages.

March 5, 9, 19, 23 – Modjeska House Tour 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Mailing Address Online: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/modjeskahouse/
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required. Call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations. 

March 6 – Birding Walk 
8 - 11 a.m.
Join Naturalist Mike Clayton on a bird walk at Riley Wilderness Park. All levels of birders are welcome. As a wildlife sanctuary, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park is home to an abundant number of native species of birds and mammals. Trails meander through old groves of Western Sycamore and Coast Live Oaks. The park has many acres of rolling hills with grasslands and Coastal Sage Scrub habitats. Come prepared for a morning of exploring this delightful park and its abundant bird life. Wear shoes with good traction, hat and sunscreen. Bringing binoculars would also be helpful.
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/thomas/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923–2264
Special Instructions: Ages 10 & up. Meet at Nature Center.

March 7 – 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. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Not for beginners. Ages 15 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).   

March 8 – 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 & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
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.

March 8, 14, 20, 29 – Bonkers for Bunnies – Toddler Class
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn all about bunnies and meet some up close! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions. Please note these Easter-themed classes fill up quickly.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/zoo/
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.

March 9 – Introduction Mountain Bike Riding
8 – 10 a.m.
Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette on this 6.8-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) while enjoying canyon views. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd east to end; meet at the gate).

March 9 – 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 (700-ft. elevation gain).
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
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. 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).   

March 9 – Geocaching 101
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Peters Canyon Regional Park will be hosting Geocaching 101, an event to introduce the art of geocaching! All levels of geocachers are welcome! Experienced cachers are encouraged to participate and help the newcomers. The event will include: a Geocaching 101 presentation, sample caches on display, instruction on how to use a GPS for locating caches, locate event caches on the trail and geocaching raffles and prizes. Please bring your own GPS devices. Laptops will be available to transfer waypoints to your GPS devices as needed, please remember to bring your own cable. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome! Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can also obtain their GPS Merit Badge Certification.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/peters/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet in the parking lot near the park offices.

March 9 - 31 –Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekends
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekdays
From Saturday, March 9 through Saturday, March 30, the Easter bunny will be at Irvine Park Railroad for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The Easter Eggstravaganza will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt, where each egg will be filled with candy or a prize. The Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10 a.m. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. There will also be a moon bounce, hay ride, Easter cookie decorating, picture stands, carnival games and face painting.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvine/
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: Please visit http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/content/easter-eggstravaganza for complete details, including times and costs.

March 10 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. 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). 

March 10 – 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://ocparks.com/parks/newport/  
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.  

March 12 – Easy 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
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). 

March 12 – Moderate Fitness Hike
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Winter is a great time to hike the beautiful Aliso and Wood Canyons trails. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietician on this moderate paced 4-mile hike (300-ft. elevation gain) on rocky and uneven terrain while sharing information about fitness and nutrition. Wear a hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes and please bring water and a snack.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
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.

March 13 – 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 & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
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.

March 14 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle  
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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.) 

March 14, 21, 28 – 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://ocparks.com/parks/newport/  
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
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.

March 15 – 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 & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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).

March 15 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
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).

March 15, 22, 29 – 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 Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/newport/
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years old. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275 or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.

March 16 – OC Chili Winter Trail Run
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series will keep you fit and well fed this winter! A beautiful 5-mile run through O’Neill Regional Park, high quality t-shirt, and post-race chili is included in registration!
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/oneill/
Cost: Go to www.bookthatevent.com for more information and registration  Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260

March 16 – Free Kids’ Fishing Derby
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and United Anglers of Southern California host the anticipated annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park. Kids ages 15 and under fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win prizes for finalists and winners in different age groups. The lake will be stocked with over 1,500 pounds of trout for the derby. Fishing clinics will be held on-site and a limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan. A complimentary barbecue lunch will be served to all who attend! This event is hosted by Fish Talk Radio’s Captain Larry Moore.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/mile/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Fishing Derby starts at 9 a.m. Bait is not provided.

March 16 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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).

March 16 – Keep it Wild Volunteer Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! What 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 and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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).
March 16 – Afternoon Geology Hike
1 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views while learning about the geology of this area.  The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments.  Meet at the Nix Nature Center to begin this highly interpretive 3-mile hike (400-ft.) elevation gain), on sometimes steep, uneven and rocky terrain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
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. 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).   

March 16 – Family Hike
5 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy nature with friends and family on a 3-mile level and moderate hike (100-ft. elevation gain) through riparian landscape and open grassland led by Laguna Canyon Volunteers. Along the way discover evidence left by bobcats, coyotes and deer (scat, tracks and other signs).
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 7 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 AWMA, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

March 17 – Sunday Wildflower Hike
8 – 11 a.m.
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on a wildflower hike on this moderate pace 3.5-mile hike (600-ft elevation gain). Terrain can be steep and rock.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
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. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).

March 17 – Restoration Day 
8 – 11 a.m.
Help maintain the park you love by volunteering to help remove non-native brush for fire suppression and re-vegetation of native plantings. Please wear jeans and durable shoes/boots. Park provides tools/gloves/water. Bring sunscreen/hats/snacks.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/peters/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 16 and up. Minors must be accompanies by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome. Call (714) 973-6611 for group registration. Click link for online waivers - http://ocparksforms.com/. 

March 17 – Exploring San Juan Hot Spring 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/ronald/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 7 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, sun protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at Hot Springs Parking lot on Hot Springs Road, behind Fire Station.  

March 17 – St. Paddy’s Day Pilgrimage
10 – 11 a.m.
Calling all ye lads & lassies to participate in a stroll at O’Neill Regional Park with a Park Ranger. Learn a wee bit about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and O’Neill Park’s Irish Heritage. If the luck of the Irish is with us, we may even find the Leprechaun’s pot-o-gold!!
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/oneill/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle  
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at Nature Center. Wear closed toed shoes suitable for hiking, dress in layers, bring water and sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Hike length approx. 2 miles. Please NO baby strollers/joggers.

March 17 – Leprechaun Loop Hike
10 – 11 a.m.
Start your St. Patrick’s Day hiking the “Leprechaun Loop” and end at the Pot O’Gold that will have prizes for participants. Learn about Irvine Regional Park’s history and its Irish connection.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvine/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: All ages welcome.

March 17 – Coastal Clovers
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Searching for that perfect four-leafed clover? Join us on St. Patrick’s Day for a morning outdoors removing pesky non-native clover from our Butterfly Habitat. Perhaps you will find that special lucky charm while helping wildlife, too! Learn more about our beautiful flora and decorate a pot to take home filled with coastal California’s unique Owl’s Clover seeds! Service learning hours available for students. All volunteers under the age of 15 need a guardian present.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/newport/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: All ages welcome (under 15 with guardian). Meet at the Muth Interpretive Center. Wear closed toed shoes suitable for gardening, dress in layers, bring water and sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Tools and gloves provided.

March 17 – Go Green at the OC Zoo 
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your favorite zoo animals! “Go Green” by brining an empty cardboard box and getting free admission! Boxes are recycled as enrichment toys for the zoo’s animals.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://ocparks.com/zoo/
Cost: Free admission for each person with an empty cardboard box Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847

March 21 – 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 (650-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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).

March 23 – 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://ocparks.com/parks/harriett/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Rain cancels the event.

March 23 – Cultural Resource Hike
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn how Native Americans of this area used various plants on this rigorous, steep and uneven 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.     
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities  Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR 133, just north of 73 Toll Road). Online reservations required.  For questions call: 949-497-8324. 

March 24 – Birding Hike 
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot native and winter resident birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars!
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). 

March 26 – Beginning Fitness Hike 
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Fall 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 and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/lagunac/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
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).

March 28 – 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 & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
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).

March 30 – A Morning Hike in the Canyon
8 – 10 a.m.
Enjoy a hike in beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 5-mile hike (200-ft. elevation gain) over undeven and rocky terrain.
Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/aliso/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 7 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).

March 30 – Caspers Trail Work Day
8 – 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: http://ocparks.com/parks/ronald/
Cost: Free  Parking: Free
Contact: (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.

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