Tuesday, July 30, 2013

OC Parks August 2013 Calendar of Events

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

August 1 – Under the Sea – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn about creatures that live in the ocean! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo 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 adult included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
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.

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 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
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.

August 1 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Boogaloo Assassins and With Strangers
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. Los Angeles-based Latin sensation Boogaloo Assassins will perform alongside With Strangers August 1st at Mile Square Regional Park.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6600

August 2, 7, 14 – Junior Zookeeper
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This unique 3 hour experience will give students a hands-on, behind the scenes view of what’s involved with caring for the OC Zoo animals. Students will have the opportunity to help prepare food, feed the animals, assist in cleaning the exhibits, and help create enrichment “toys” for the animals. Includes certificate, animal related souvenir, and photo(s) with an animal on a USB/flash drive.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $50 per child (one parent ONLY is 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 8 to 16 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Limited spaces available!

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 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
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
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.  

August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 – Redwood Grove Hike
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Join OC Parks' trained staff on an easy 1.1 mile hike to the park's Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the way. The hike begins each Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. from the park's Nature Center. Don't forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages.

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 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
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.

August 3 – Caspers Park Foundation Meeting
9:30 – 11:30 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 volunteer’s 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
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. For information call the park office at (949) 923-2207.


August 3 – Walk in Our Wild Side Nature Walk
10 – 11 a.m.
Join a 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
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. Event conditional upon the weather.

August 3, 17 – Snake Talk  
3 - 4 p.m.
Are you fascinated with snakes and want to learn more about the snakes that call OC Parks home? Now is your chance! Join Park Ranger Carroll as she shares what she has learned about snakes in the last 26 years working out in the field and in the classroom. You will learn how to identify non-venomous vs. venomous snakes; how to react to a snake if you encounter one out on the trail; their importance in the food chain; and how they help to keep our planet healthy! Ranger Carroll will introduce you to Rosita, the park's friendly rosy boa. See you at the park!
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923–2264

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Ranger Led Campfire Program
8 – 9 p.m.
Join us 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
Cost: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions. 

August 3 – Campfire Program – Star Party
8 – 9 p.m.
Come for a grand tour of the universe! Join Volunteer Allan along with other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the ringed planet of Saturn and the wonders of the sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters, double stars and maybe a comet. Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn many myths and facts about the cosmos.  You can bring your binoculars if you want, and feel free to ask questions.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! Note: held only on evening with clear skies (good weather) only! If cloudy, regular campfire program will take place from 8 – 9 p.m. Subject varies.

August 4, 11, 18, 25 – Nature Hike
8 – 9 a.m.
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. If rain, hike canceled.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  For more information, call the park at (949) 923-2210.  Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended. 

August 4 – 1st Sunday Restoration Program at Talbert Nature Preserve 
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Come join us for some R&R at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa as we kick off the first community based Talbert Restoration & Revitalization Project. Learn about the native plants and wildlife of our Coastal zone. We will meet the 1st Sunday of each month 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the corner of 19th St. and Balboa Blvd. in Costa Mesa. Each volunteer will receive a coupon for a free barbecue corn at the Lion's Club annual Fish Fry carnival event! Contact (714) 376-7414 for more information.
Location: Talbert Nature Preserve. 1298 Victoria Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
Cost: Free Parking: Free

August 4 – Nature Center Open 
10 a.m. – 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
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6620
Special Instructions: All ages.

August 6, 10, 20, 24 – 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
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required. Call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations. 

August 7 – Caspers Bird Walk
8 – 11 a.m.
Join Naturalist Diane Etchison on a bird walk at Caspers Wilderness Park. All levels of birders are welcome. As a wildlife sanctuary, the park is home to an abundant number of native species of birds and mamals. Come prepared for a morning of exploring as we watch the birds of Caspers Wilderness Park.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 years and up. Wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes. Bring binoculars, sun protection, and water. Meet at Old Corral Day Use Area. Rain cancels event. For additional information contact the park at (949) 923-2210.

August 8 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Moonsville Collective and D.T. Robbins
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. The music kicks off on August 8 at Irvine Regional Park with roots jug band Moonsville Collective and D.T. Robbins.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973–6835

August 10 – 2nd Saturday Trail Work Day
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Come join park staff and our trail leaders by volunteering to assist with habitat restoration, non-native plant removal and trail work throughout Irvine Regional Park. Please wear jeans and durable shoes or boots. Park provides tools and gloves. Bring sunscreen, hat, snacks, and water.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers 
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 12 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome,call (714) 973-6836 for group registration.

August 10 – “Treat” Marking for the Animals 
10 – 11 a.m.
Come help us create “toys” and “treats” for our zoo animals to play with! Each child please bring 2 empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls to class. Class includes meeting zoo 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) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 5 to 8 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

August 10 – International Starry Night
8:30 p.m. – midnight
Join in the first ever International Starry Night to celebrate the beauty of the night sky and watch a special presentation by world-renowned night sky photographer, Wally Pacholka. Please stay after the program to watch as the Perseids meteors make their annual appearance. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! For non-campers please RSVP – casperspark@ocparks.com. Bring a comfortable chair for star gazing. 

August 11 – Second Sunday 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
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.  

August 15 – 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 zoo animals up close. Come ready to get a little messy!
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) 973-6846
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.

August 15 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Jeramiah Red with Mia and the Moonlight
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. Rock n’ roll blues favorite Jeramiah Red performs with Mia and the Moonlight August 15 at Irvine Regional Park.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973–6835

August 17 – Whiting Ranch Nature Hike Series
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
OC Parks invites you to join a Park Ranger Reserve on this 2.5 mile nature hike exploring the beautiful scenery of Borrego Canyon.

The Borrego Canyon Trail, which parallels the intermittent Borrego Stream, offers a wonderful opportunity to witness an abundance of wildlife while hiking through lush oak woodlands and alongside riparian habitats.

Hope to see you there! Happy trails!
Location: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. 26707 Portola Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92620 
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923–2245
Special Instructions: Limited space available and pre-registration is required. Email limestonewhiting@ocparks.com for free pre-registration. Be sure to include your full name and e-mail address to reserve your spot. Park at Borrego Parking Lot.

August 17, 24, 31 – 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
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! Note: held only on evening with clear skies (good weather) only! If cloudy, regular campfire program will take place from 8 – 9 p.m. Subject varies.

August 18 – 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
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/

August 20  – Haavakam: The Importance of Shell in Gabrielino Tongva Culture
7:30 p.m.
Desiree Martinez & Craig Torres will discuss the extensive use of shell amongst the Tongva.  Shellfish was an important food source for the Tongva and the shells were used for a myriad of purposes.  Shell was used to fashion tools such as fish hooks and shell beads were used in barter, ceremonial reciprocation and for decoration.  In fact, shell decoration was such an important part of the Tongva culture that the tribe was known as the Haavakam (beautiful people, best dressed people) by other Native American peoples in the region.
Location: Old Orange County Courthouse. 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701 
Cost: Free
Contact: (714) 973–6605

August 22 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – The Orquesta Cortez with DJ Hector Waluyo
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. August 22 welcomes Latin super group The Orquesta Cortez and DJ Hector Waluyo at Irvine Regional Park.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973–6835

August 23 – Animals In My Backyard – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn about animals that you can find in your own backyard! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo 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 adult included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
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.

August 24 – 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.

August 26 - 29 – Tot and Me Day Camp
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Join your tot (ages 3 to 5) at beautiful Laguna Niguel Regional Park for a week of activities, environmental exploration, science, songs, movement and fun that will be sure to give them lots to talk about.  Each day will host a different theme some of which may include: 5 Senses, sizes, colors and much more!
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
Cost: $40 per camper (includes 1 parents and 1 child – approx. 3-5 Y/O)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Download additional information and registration form: http://lcf-totcamp2-eorg.eventbrite.com/#. Contact Laguna Canyon Foundation at (949) 497-8324. Meet at Shelter #7.  
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August 29 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Matt Costa with The Blank Tapes
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. The last concert of the 2013 OC Parks Summer Concert Series stops at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach on August 29 with a special performance by local indie rock icon Matt Costa and The Blank Tapes.

All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ's ROQ N' Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Salt Creek Beach Park, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2280  

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