Tuesday, April 2, 2013

OC PARKS APRIL 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

OC Parks April 2013 calendar of events

April 2, 13, 16, 27 – 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. 

April 4 –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
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

April 4, 11, 25 – 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
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 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.

April 5 – 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
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.

April 5 – Animal Art I – 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.


April 5, 12, 26 – 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
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years recommended. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

April 6, 13, 20, 27 – Nature Walk
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Join our Naturalists 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
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance.

April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 – 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 Regional 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 welcome.

April 6 – Family Hike
3 – 5 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. Along the way discover evidence left by bobcat, coyote and deer (scat, tracks, and other signs). Led by 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 per person Parking: $3
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For ages 7 and older. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right Awma, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

April 6 – 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. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. Please bring a favorite dish for the potluck.

April 6 – Walk in Our Wild Side Nature Walk
10 – 11 a.m.
Join our Park Naturalist on an easy walk approximately 1 mile long in our 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: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Meet at the entrance of the Natural Area,located next to Parking Lot F.

April 6, 13, 20, 27 – 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 Regional 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. 

April 6, 13, 20, 27 – Campfire Program
8 – 9 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 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  All ages welcome!

April 7, 21 – 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.

April 7 – 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/santiagooaks/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6620
Special Instructions: All ages.

April 9 – James Dilley Preserve Nature Hike  
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for some time out in the wilderness on this leisurely 2-mile loop 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
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). For questions, call (949) 497-8324. 

April 9 – Moderate Fitness Hike
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Spring 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.

April 10 – Yoga Hike
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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.

April 11 – 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: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
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, hiking poles suggested. 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).   

April 11 – Down on the Farm – Toddler Class
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn all about barnyard animals including pigs, goats, sheep, cows, chickens, and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close.
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.

April 12 – 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.

April 13 – 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: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Go to www.bookthatevent.com for more information and registration.  Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260

April 13 – 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: 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. 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).   

April 13 – Irvine Park Railroad’s Fourth Grade California History Education Family Day
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., take a trip back in time with Irvine Park Railroad’s (located inside Irvine Regional Park) Fourth Grade California History Education Program Family Day. Usually only offered for school field trips, Irvine Park Railroad will open the program up to the public for one day only. Created by teachers, for teachers, this hands-on learning experience meets the State of California curriculum requirements for fourth grade history. Six different stations make up the program: a ride on the Irvine Park Railroad train, an authentic mine shaft, miner’s camp, water wheel that runs a replica sawmill and a historic old west building complete with a jail cell and saloon. Visitors can also pan for gold just like the 49’ers did during the gold rush.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: $14 per person Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: Recommended for children 7 to 12 years old. For more information, please visit: http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/content/california-history-education-program-public-day.  

April 13 – Wilderness Walking Club  
3 – 5 p.m.
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this peaceful, easy 2.0-mile walk over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) through flowering 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
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 8 and up. Please bring water, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road). For questions, call (949) 497-8324. 

April 14 – 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
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.  

April 18 – 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
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.) 

April 18 – Magnificent Mammals – Toddler Class
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn all about animals covered with fur! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close.
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.

April 19 – 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
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).

April 19 – 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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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. 

April 20 – 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
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. 

April 20 – 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: 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. 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. 

April 20 – Moulton Peak Geology Natural History Hike
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and climb the park’s highest peak. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers on this strenuous 5-mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain. Wear lug soles and bring hiking poles. Bring your GPS, binoculars, water and lunch/snacks.   
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For ages 15 and older. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 7 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood and right on Canyon Vistas to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

April 20 – Earth Day at the Bay!
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come to Upper Newport Bay for our annual Earth Day celebration and see how you can make Earth Day - every day! Explore environmental exhibits, science discovery booths, live animal demonstrations and conservation films courtesy of the Newport Film Festival. Enjoy family fun with face painting, arts and crafts, food trucks, a scavenger hunt just for kids and a special Earth Day mega-mural for us to color together! There will also be live music by Danny Maika.
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
Special Instructions: Please bring a refillable water bottle. Food will be available for purchase.

April 21 – 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 Pkwy, first right on Awma Rd, left into parking lot).

April 21 – 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/peterscanyon/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
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/. 

April 21 – Exploring San Juan Hot Springs and Cold Springs Canyon Hike
9 a.m. – 12 p.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 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 7 and up. Space is limited, reservations required. Please contact Office Technician Cindi Morgan at (949) 923-2207 or cindi.morgan@ocparks.com. This hike is approximately 3 miles with 400-ft. elevation gain. Please bring water, sun protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at Hot Springs Parking lot on Hot Springs Road, behind Fire Station. 

April 23 – Beginning Fitness Hike 
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Now 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. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. 
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
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).

April 25 – 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
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).

April 27 – Caspers Trail Work Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come join Caspers Wilderness Park Rangers and other enthusiastic Caspers Park Foundation 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) 923-2210
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.

April 27 – Let’s Go Hiking
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes.
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
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection). For questions call: (949) 497-8324.

April 27 – 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, 6.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-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).

April 27 – 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
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.

April 28 – Weed Warrior Work Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come join Caspers Park Rangers and other enthusiastic Caspers Park Foundation volunteers for our monthly trail work day. You will work with our Park Rangers and trail leaders in maintaining and brushing Caspers Park trails. Please bring water, work gloves, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes. Lunch will be on us.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Donation: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 and up. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Cindi Morgan at (949) 923-2207 or emailing cindi.morgan@ocparks.com. If rain, event cancels. For cancellation or more information, please call (949) 923-2210.

April 28 – Bird Walk 
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot local and winter spring 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. 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).

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