Saturday, February 28, 2015

OC Parks March 2015 Calendar of Events

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

OC Parks MARCH 2015 calendar of events

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Ranger Led 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.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes. Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended. Rain will cancel hike.

March 1 – Birding Basics
9 – 11 a.m.
Explore the diverse bird populations of Upper Newport Bay with naturalists. From seasonal migratory species to year-round residents, birders of all ages will enjoy a morning outdoors on these informative, yet fun-filled walks. The program will meet at the "Constellation Street" park entrance. Come prepared for your birding adventure with binoculars, hat, sunscreen and appropriate footwear.   
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Meet at the “Constellation Street” park entrance. Pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to save your spot.

March 1 – Talbert Restoration and Revitalization
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.
Location: Talbert Nature Preserve. 1298 Victoria Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Website: www.ocparks.com/talbert/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: This program will be cancelled if rainy/muddy conditions are present 24 hours prior or enrollment minimums are not met.

March 1 – Explore California Native Plant Life 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 easy 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
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 8 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 – Modjeska House Tour 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Location: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Cost: $5 per person
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required, call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations. 

March 5 – 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
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 5, 12, 19, 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, storytelling, 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 5 years recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.

March 5 – Full Moon Hike in Wood Canyon
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Seeing Wood Canyon bathed in moonlight and shadows is an enchanting experience. Take advantage of this special occasion because the park normally closes at sunset. Senior Park Ranger Joanne Taylor will lead a relaxing and informative 2-mile (150 ft. elevation gain) hike to explore the canyon as it’s seldom seen.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Ages 7 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 6 – Family Nature Explore: A Wild Story   
9 – 11 a.m.
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff to find stories in the park.  Climb into a real cave.  Walk through the trees.  Climb a hill. Enjoy a story, have a story snack, create your own story with puppets, and stamp a story to take home!  An easy half-mile walk.  
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 3 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 6 – 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 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 5 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

March 7 – Geology and Natural History Hike  
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 10 and up. 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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 7 – CPF Monthly Meeting 
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly volunteer meeting held in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. This is a great opportunity to learn just what volunteers do, as well as meet others who love nature, the outdoors and preserving the park for all. 
General business meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by an informative lecture presented by guest speakers at 10 a.m. March Guest Speaker – to be announced. 
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) 923-2210.

March 7  – Redwood Hike
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks' trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile interpretive 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 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.


March 7, 14, 21, 28 – Guided Interpretive Hike
10 – 11 a.m.
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

March 7 – Campfire Program
7 – 8 p.m.
Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome!

March 8 – Festival of Whales Sand Sculpture Competition
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The contest at Baby Beach is a day of fun, sun and creativity for families, friends and serious sand sculpting enthusiasts. Contestants may choose to make sand creations including whales, ocean creatures, pirates and ships, surfing, tropical island themed creations or patriotic emblems. Sculpting kicks off at 8 a.m. and judging begins at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first through fourth place contestant finalists.
Pre-registration for the Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition is free and available by emailing steve.bonhall@ocparks.com.
Location: Dana Point Baby Beach. 34551 Puerto Place, Dana Point, CA 92629 
Website: http://festivalofwhales.com/events/sand-sculpting-fun/
Cost: Free

March 8 – Young Field Biologist Series: Animal Evidence
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Assist the park’s Resource Specialist with fun field studies on Wood Creek Trail. We’ll check wildlife cameras to see who’s using the park at night, examine the woodrat nests for recent activity, and check for tracks on this highly productive animal trail. This hike is 2 miles (150-ft. elevation gain). Bring your camera and a notepad to help document and compare your findings.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 9 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

March 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. Rain or heat advisories cancels event.

March 8 – The Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park 
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Have you ever wondered “where are all the wild animals in the park?” Visit a Show and Share Exhibit located next to the O’Neill Park Nature Center and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Make a wild animal track mold and enjoy nature crafts and games.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260

March 8 – Wilderness Walking Club
2 – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a wonderful, moderate 3-mile walk (535-ft. elevation gain) through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 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
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort. 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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 10 – California Native Plants: Medicinal Uses
9 – 11 a.m.
Learn about the many fascinating uses of California Native Plants during the pre-mission period, on this 2-mile hike (490-ft elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for medicinal purposes.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up. 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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 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.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. 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. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

March 12 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park
8:30 – 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
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 13, 18, 27 – Bonkers for Bunnies – Preschool Program 
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Come learn all about bunnies and meet some up close! Class includes hands-on learning and fun crafts.
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. Please note the Easter-themed classes fill up quickly! For ages 3 to 4 years old. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

March 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.

March 14 – Fitness Hike 
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5-mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff. Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center. The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.
This hike explores the upland areas of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to save your spot.

March 14, 28 – Beginning Archery Class
9 – 10 a.m.
Join Park Rangers and Volunteers for an introductory archery class at the brand new archery range at Mile Square Regional Park. This one hour class will introduce participants to basics of the exciting sport or archery.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Pre-registration is required: http://letsgooutside.org/activities/2015/03/14/beginning-archery-class-mile-square-regional-park-11/.

March 14 – California Native Plants & Wildflowers  
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn about the seasonal life of California native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5-mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 14 – Family Hike
3 – 5 p.m.
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 14 – Astronomy Night 
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Come for a grand tour of the universe! Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn the myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the parks for weather/sky updates or additional information.

March 15 – Restoration Day 
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Want to enjoy the outdoors and help take care of park ecosystems? Join us for Restoration Days at Peters Canyon Regional Park every third Sunday. Recommended to bring water and snacks, have sunscreen, and wear pants, long sleeve shirts and boots.
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Please register by calling (714) 973-6611 or emailing peterscanyon@ocparks.com.   

March 15 – St. Paddy’s Day in the Garden
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Be the lucky ones to find a frolicking leprechaun’s pot of gold! Explore the Native Garden for evidence of other woodland creatures. Wear your favorite green shirt and we’ll make useful eco-green crafts to take home.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Ages 3 to 7. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 15 – Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
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. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 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. Dogs on leashes welcome.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3. Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 18 – Book Hike in the Wilderness
9 – 11 a.m.
Join us for a wonderful 4-mile hike in beautiful Aliso & Wood Canyons while we share and discuss our favorite books. Come prepared to contribute a title or two and leave with the anticipation of some great new reads as well as a relaxed and exercised body. Led by a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist & reader. Elevation gain of 300 ft. on terrain that can be uneven and rocky.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. A hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, water and snack are recommended. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, 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 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 18 – Birds of Mason Regional Park
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Led by an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher, this is a beginner-friendly program about the birds of William R. Mason Regional Park. On an easy walk of 1/2 mile around Mason, we will view and discuss a variety of birds that use the park. We'll check for different types of ducks, geese, and grebes in the ponds. We’ll look and listen for songbirds on the trees and bushes. We may also spot shorebirds and hawks.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle   
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: Water, sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes are recommended. Bring your binoculars to get a better view of the birds! Turn left at the stop sign after the entrance gate and park in Parking Lot B. We will meet at the picnic table near the Ranger Office by the park entrance. Rain will cancel event.

March 19 – Fitness Hike at Willow  
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike (568-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 20 – Tot Walk
9 – 11 a.m.
Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso's wild backyard. We will 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
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 21 – Mile Square Kids Fishing Derby
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles host the anticipated annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park.
Kids ages 6-15 fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win prizes.
The lake will be stocked with trout and catfish for the derby. Fishing clinics will be head on-site and a limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event. Event will be held at the North Lake near the intersection of Edinger and Euclid.

March 21 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day 
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! What better way to start a Saturday morning than to join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal an/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for native wildlife and for ourselves.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free Parking: Free for Keep It Wild Volunteers 
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

March 21 – 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
Cost: Free Parking: Free for Keep It Wild Volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore 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 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 21 – Edible and Useful Plant Hike   
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Early pioneers found their uses for local and introduced plants, and now science is finding out about potentially valuable medicines in our wild backyard. Learn about these edible and useful plants during a moderate, but steep, uneven 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, Karin Klein (author of 50 Hikes in Orange County)
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 21 – Just Beyond the Spring Equinox   
2:30 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy the canyon views, look for wildflowers and find out what “makes the spring” on this interpretive, moderate, 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and OC Parks staff.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 21 – World of Wolves
7 – 8 p.m.
Wolf Haven International will present World of Wolves II, a family friendly educational program about wolf behavior, biology and social structure. 
The program will discuss the history of wolves in North America and specifically the history of wolves in California, the future of wolves in California, and the infamous OR-7 (aka Journey), the first documented wild wolf in California in over 90-years!
The program includes engaging video footage of both wild wolves and wolves at Wolf Haven International, plus hands-on portions with animal skulls, tracks and antlers.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Contact: (949) 923-2260

March 22 – Birding Walk  
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-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
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up (minor must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. 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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 25 – Beginning Fitness Hike  
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2.5-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 12 and up. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring water. 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 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 25 – Animal Art I – Preschool Program 
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join us for an hour of creativity and fun 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: For ages 3 to 4 years old. PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

March 26 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 6-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
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, 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 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 27 – Documentary Movie Night – Mile…Mile & A Half
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
OC Parks invites you to watch a documentary film screening of Mile... Mile & A Half. In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous US). Their goal to complete the 219-mile journey in 25 days, while capturing the amazing sights and sounds they encounter along the way.
Inspired by their bond, humor, artistry and dedication, the group continues to grow to include other artists, musicians and adventure seekers. Before they all reach the summit, hikers and viewers alike affirm the old adage -- it’s about the journey, not the destination.
Location:
Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions:
Please RSVP to Park Ranger Nicole Bengtson at nicole.bengtson@ocparks.com. The film will be shown indoors at the Soda Fountain Pavilion near parking lot 19. Please note, this is not a children’s film. No dogs.

March 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
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack and wear proper hiking shoes. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

March 28 – Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as its previous inhabitants- the native Ajachamen people. Earn a Ranger badge for being an accomplice on the journey.
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 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. Bike, helmet, water, snack and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

March 28 – Peralta Adobe Antique Automobile Show
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
OC Parks invites you to come see vintage antique cars of the 1930s and 1940s from the Antique Automobile Club of America at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site on Saturday, March 28. Docents will be on hand at this free event to guide you through the adobe and explain its history as the Canyon Cafe from the 1920s to the 1960s. Members of the automobile club will display original cars from this storied period of the adobe’s cafe past, and will explain and answer questions on automotive history. Come and receive exclusive offers from Slater’s 50/50, located a minute’s walk from the adobe, and enter a drawing for a chance to win special merchandise and coupons. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Orange County Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Slater’s 50/50 and Tarbell, Realtors. Location: Peralta Adobe. 6398 E. Santa Ana Canyon, Anaheim, CA 92807
Cost: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3190

March 29 – Persian New Year Celebration
7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, March 29from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. members of the Persian community and their guests will gather at William R. Mason Regional Park to celebrate the Persian New Year (PNY) “Sizdeh Bedar.” The event historically attracts thousands of people, which will result in periods of severe traffic and increased public pedestrians on public roadways (carpooling is strongly encouraged). It is suggested to make alternate arrangements to park in other “legal parking” locations in the area; for example, University High School will have event parking available for a fee.  The Parking Fee at Mason is $15 per vehicle, per entry for this event, and 2015 Annual Passes will be accepted. Parking within Mason Regional Park is limited to 600 vehicles, (RV’s and/or other over-sized vehicles will not be allowed into the park), and will be strictly enforced.  Once on-site parking fills to capacity, the park entry gate will be closed and no additional vehicles will be admitted; the entry gate will remain closed for the remainder of the day. Park exit gates will remain operational for the duration of the day. To ensure the enjoyment of this event at Mason Regional Park, we request all park visitors make a concerted effort to remind their community participants that the following regulations and County Ordinances are enforced for their personal safety and protection. Failure to comply may result in citation, eviction, or both. Vehicles are not permitted on the grass and sidewalk areas; also, curbside parking or stopping is not permitted at any time. Do not drive to a picnic shelter to unload and/or load supplies (this may result in vehicle eviction). Picnic shelters will be on a first-come first-served basis, provided someone remains at the shelter to hold it.  Roping off an area to “reserve” it is not permitted.  Alcohol is not allowed anywhere in the park.  Visitors may have small personal radios or “boom boxes”, provided they keep the volume at courteous levels – this will be at the discretion of the park rangers. No other amplified sound of any type will be permitted; this includes car stereos and karaoke machines. Both the City of Irvine and the County of Orange join in wishing the Persian community a very happy New Year. We are committed to making this event safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: Free Parking: $15 (per vehicle – per entry)   
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: All ages welcome.

March 29 – Family Science Sundays 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each with a different educational theme to explore. The activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside activities, crafts and more. Storytime at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Email unbic@ocparks.com for more information. 

March 29 – Meditating in Nature
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.  No experience necessary.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions:  Ages 16 and up. Online reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

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