Friday, August 30, 2013

OC Parks September 2013 Calendar of Events

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

OC Parks SEPTEMBER 2013 calendar of events

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 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. 

September 1 – 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

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Redwood Grove Hike
9:30 – 11 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 morning at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 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. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of the park. Reservations preferred, please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

September 1 – 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.

September 3 – Beginning Fitness Hike
8 – 9:30 a.m.
Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine with this easy 2-mile hike over moderate and uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). A Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist will point out local flora and fauna along the way. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).

September 3, 14, 17, 28 – 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. 


September 4 – Birds and Butterflies Walk   
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join Naturalist Mike Clayton on a bird and butterfly nature walk through the beautiful one-acre butterfly and native plant garden.  As a wildlife sanctuary the garden is home to an abundant number of plants, birds, and mammals.  Come prepared for a morning of exploring as we watch the birds and butterflies.  Meet at the Ranger Station patio.  This will be an easy walk on level trails at a leisurely pace.  Bring binoculars, water, and snacks.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat for sun protection. 
Location: Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923–2264
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up.

September 5 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park 
8 – 10 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
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).

September 5, 12, 26– 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.

September 6 – Explore the Plants on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake
8 – 10:30 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
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Online 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.

September 6 – Animal Art I – Toddler Program 
10 – 11 a.m.
Join us for an hour of fun and creativity with an animal theme! 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.

September 6, 13, 20, 27 – 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.  

September 7, 14, 21, 28 – 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 morning at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 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. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of the park. Reservations preferred, please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

September 7 – A Walk in the Park
8:30– 10 a.m.
Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile level terrain, leisurely hike (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian and grassland habitats. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 7 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Pkwy, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).  For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 7, 14, 21, 28 – 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
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.

September 7 – 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 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.  September speaker – Kimberly Leeds on Coyote mentoring.
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 more information, call the park office at (949) 923-2207.

September 7 – 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. Rain will cancel walk.

September 7 – Hank Conger Visits the OC Zoo 
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
OC Parks and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have teamed up to provide kids and families with a free day at the OC Zoo including a visit by Angels catcher Hank Conger!Come meet some zoo animals, learn first-hand about Conger’s career and take photos with him.
The first 125 people to arrive will be able to see Conger participate in a zoo keeper talk with live animals from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Conger will take photos with children. No autographs.
Free OC Zoo admission AND buy one train ticket at regular price, get the second train ticket free at Irvine Park Railroad (10am-4pm) for all visitors wearing Angels gear (hat, shirt, jersey, jacket, etc.).
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: Free with Angels gear Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847

September 7, 14, 21, 28 – 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: All ages welcome. Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions. 

September 7, 14, 21, 28 – 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!

September 8 – Family Sun Day Fun Day
2 – 4 p.m.
Families are invited to come play, explore, listen and connect with nature and each other. Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist and nature mentor Kimberly Leeds will guide you through nature activities and games to enliven your wilderness awareness. Bring your curiosity!  The terrain will be uneven and steep in some areas; be prepared to get dirty, and get up close and personal with nature! The walk will be a maximum of 1 mile round trip. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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). Wear long pants and closed-toes shoes. Hats and water are a must! For questions call (949) 497-8324.

September 8 – 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.

September 10 – Moderate Fitness Hike
8 – 10 a.m.
Fall is a great time to experience beautiful Aliso and Wood Canyons. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist and registered dietician 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
Cost: $2 donation 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, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 10 – Dilley Loop Nature Hike
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Get close to nature on this leisurely 2-mile hike (370-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain as you spot plants, animals or maybe their tracks and signs along the way.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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 (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  
September 11 – Yoga Hike
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. For ages 12 and up.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free
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.

September 12 – Fitness Hike at Willow
8 – 10 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
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

September 12 – Feathery Friends – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn about birds that can fly and even those that can’t fly! 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.

September 14 – Family Hike at Dilley  
3 – 5 p.m.
Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain).  Families welcome.  You will hike in one of the most diverse areas in the park, 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
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 (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). For questions call (949) 497-8324.

September 14 – California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike
8  – 11 a.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
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).   

September 14 – 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.

September 14 – Saturday Fitness Hike
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 (1,100-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
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 (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 14– Mars and Stars
6:30 – 9 p.m.
OC Parks and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have teamed up to present an educational program showcasing NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt. There will be many activities, including:
  • JPL Presentation by Dr. Marc Rayman, Chief Engineer and Director of the Dawn Mission.
  • Kids’ crafts and activities.
  • Stargazing opportunities with Astronomy 4 You.
Come explore the night skies! Some activities will be outdoors, please dress warmly.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290

September 15 – 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: Free for volunteers
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 16 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome. Call (714) 973-6611 for group registration. Click link for online waivers - http://ocparksforms.com/

September 15 – Morning Walk Around the Lake
9 – 11 a.m.
Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
Cost: $2 per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 8 and up. Meet at the staging area parking lot at Shelter 3, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. For questions call (949) 497-8324.

September 19 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
8 – 10 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: $2 donation 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, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 20 – 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
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 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.

September 20 – Tot Walk
9 – 11 a.m.
Join Ranger Zak with your young ones to explore Aliso's wild backyard. We'll see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun!
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 0 to 3 years. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 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. 

September 20 – Mason Movie Nights Under the Stars
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Come out to Mason Regional Park and watch a movie under the stars. This free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be showing “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Come dressed as your favorite character (optional) and follow the yellow brick road to grab a seat on the green in Mason’s amphitheater.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612.
Website: www.ocparks.com/masonpark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free 
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! You’re welcome to bring your own picnic, we will have popcorn and bottled water available. There will also be fun craft activities for the kids! 


September 21 – 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 email address to reserve your spot. Park at Borrego Parking Lot.

September 21 – California Coastal Cleanup Day
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Looking for a way to give back? Join thousands of volunteers throughout the State of Californai for this annual cleanup of our beautiful waterways and beaches. Space is limited to 400 volunteers. Water based cleanup efforts are coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information about water cleanup, please visit http://backbaysciencecenter.org/.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Pre-registration is required for this event. Please email nicole.crussell@ocparks.com to register or for more information. Space is limited so sign up today!

September 21 – Coastal and Inland Waterway Cleanup Day
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join us for California's largest annual volunteer event, Coastal and Inland Waterway Cleanup Day. Bring your family and friends to the park to assist with the cleanup of trash and debris along Santiago Creek.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: ((714) 973-6835
Special Instructions: Pre-registration is required for this event. Please email nicole.crussell@ocparks.com to register or for more information. Space is limited so sign up today!

September 21 – Casual Mountain Bike Ride
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us on this beautiful, moderate mountain bike ride as we travel under a canopy of trees and shade on much of the trail. This 10-mile ride will be over uneven terrain with a 200-ft. elevation gain. Information and respect for the natural habitat will be included. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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 Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right on Awma, left into parking lot). This event is designed for the moderate mountain bike rider. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, and water. For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 22 – Bird Walk 
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot local and winter migratory birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike to the lake on uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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. 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). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 26 – Fitness Hike at Dilley
8 – 10 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
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activitiesAges 15 and up. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).

September 26 – “Climate Change in Southern California”
7 – 9 p.m.
Join us for a special panel presentation on climate change, and how it will affect our lives in Orange County. Panelists include Dr. Matthew Kirby of CSUF, Dr. Jere Lipps of the Cooper Center, and Linda Marsa of Discover Magazine. Learn about what is happening with climate change and sea level rise, and how it will affect our water supply and health in the future.
Location: Old Orange County Courthouse. 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701 
Cost: Free Parking: Metered parking is available
Contact: (714) 973–6605

September 27 – Wilderness Walking Club
2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Enjoy a wonderful, moderate 3-mile walk (535-ft. elevation gain) through diverse coastal sage-scrub and riparian environments. Catch views of the canyons and mountain ranges from the ridge top and then walk down to Barbara’s Lake, a hidden jewel and the only natural lake in Orange County.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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 10 and up. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). Hat, water and a snack are recommended for your comfort. For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 28 – 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.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. For questions call (949) 497-8324.

September 28 – Family Hike in the Canyon
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a hike with your family in the beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring it's wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.  Ages 7 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

September 28 – 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.

September 28 – Mars and Stars
6:30 - 9 p.m.
OC Parks and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have teamed up to present an educational program entitled Climate Change Overload: Reconnecting with Planet Earth. There will be many activities, including:
  • JPL Presentation by Laura Faye Tenebaum, Innovator in Science Communication and a member of the Earth Science Communications Team.
  • Kids’ crafts and activities.
  • Stargazing opportunities with Astronomy 4 You.
Come explore the night skies! This is an outdoor event, please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.
Location: Augustine Staging Area.
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvineranch  
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6865
Special Instructions: Pre-registration is encouraged, please visit www.ocparks.com for more information.
  
September 29 – Introduction to Mountain Bike Riding  
8:30 – 10:30 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. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free  
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.  

September 29 – Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride  
8:30 – 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
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free  
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, do you have any recommendation for easy trails that I can hike with a stroller? Thank you!

    JT

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    1. JT, what type of stroller one that is meant for pavement or one that could go on a dirt trail. A good bet for a paved trail would be the Aliso Creek Trail which is paved. Hope that helps!

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