Sunday, May 31, 2015

OC Parks June 2015 Calendar of Events

Here are some highlights from the OC Parks June 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 June 2015 calendar of events

June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 – Modjeska House Tour
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park. 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.   

June 4 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View   
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderate paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, 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). Hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, ample water and snack are recommended. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

June 5  – 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.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per child
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years. Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

June 6 – Saturday Fitness Hike at Willow  
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous and fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) 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. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).

June 6, 27 – 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 long class will introduce participants to the basics of the exciting sport or archery.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 13042 Old Myford Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-660
Special Instructions: Participants must be at least 12 years old. Pre-registration is required: http://letsgooutside.org/beginning-archery. To allow us to accommodate as many participants as possible please only sign up for one class per person. Equipment is provided.

June 6 – Caspers Park Foundation 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. June 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.

June 6, 13, 20, 27 – 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.

June 7, 14, 21, 28 – 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. For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

June 7 – Geology and Natural History Hike 
8:30 – 11 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: For ages 10 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.

June 7 – Under the Sycamores: Insect and Arthropod Zoo  
1 – 4 p.m.
Dr. Sue Van Vorhis Key, Ph.D., has a zoo full of amazing live insects and other arthropods, from walking sticks to scorpions. Look and learn! You can even touch an insect! Experience an insect scavenger hunt in the shade of the sycamores. Make your own insect! Complete a life cycle puzzle. Join us for Dr. Sue’s talk about arthropods at 2 p.m.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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, 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.

June 9 – California Native Plants Historical 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 tools, food and building materials.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  For ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)


June 10 – Yoga Hike  
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

June 11 – Fitness Hike at Dilley
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over very steep, uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) 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. Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)

June 11, 18, 25 – Bayside Buddies
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
A new Summer program for school age kids! Join us for an activity based hike and then cool off in the Interpretive Center classroom for a craft. Learn about the different habitats of Upper Newport Bay.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5.00 per child
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Designed for parent and child participation. Space is limited. Registration required. Call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.

June 13 – Kids’ Fishing Clinic
7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
OC Parks would like to invite you and your kids to a fun morning of fishing at Clark Regional Park. This Kids' Fishing Clinic (ages 15 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from the lake. The lake will be stocked with catfish and there will be a two-fish limit. Prizes will be available for the largest fish caught!
Location: Clark Regional Park. 8800 Rosecrans Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (714) 973–3170
Special Instructions: For ages 15 and under. Registration is required at the OC Parks.check-in table on the day of the event. Please bring your own fishing pole. If you do not have a fishing pole, a small number may be available for loan.

June 13– 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.

June 13 – California Native Plants & Wildflower Hike   
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist 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).

June 14 – 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: Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)

June 14 – 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. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience.  Appropriate mountain biking equipment required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. This bike ride is not for beginners. Be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)

June 14 – 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. Enjoy Nature Crafts and Games!
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Contact: (949) 923-2260

June 14 – 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
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Space is limited. Service Learning hours are available. Please phone (949) 923-2275 or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.

June 14 – Wilderness Walkers   
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. Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 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.)

June 17 – 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 and reader. Elevation gain 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:  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) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

June 17 – Animal Art II Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme! Come ready to get a little messy! 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 parent included)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth(714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Phone registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 3 to 4 years old. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

June 18 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, 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. Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, 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).

June 18 – What’s For Lunch Preschool Program 
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Find out what the animals in the zoo eat for lunch and dinner! 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 parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Phone registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register.
Ages 3 to 4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

June 19 – 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:  Ages: infant to age 3. Reservations required, 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 & (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

June 20 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: Free for Keep It Wild Volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Register here: 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.

June 20 – 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.

June 20 – Amazing Snakesssss
7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
In the spring, snakes emerge from their winter dens, warm themselves in the sun, and begin to wander the hills in search of prey. They will be active until the weather cools again in the late fall. Join Steve Bledsoe of The North American Field Herping Association to see live snakes and also enjoy a presentation about our local snakes. Bring your curiosity and your questions. Learn to tell the venomous from non-venomous snakes.
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: Reservations encouraged using link: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. Meet at the amphitheater. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

June 21 – 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 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. It’s 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
Contact: (714) 973-6611
Special Instructions: Please call (714) 973-6611 or email us at peterscanyon@ocparks.com to register.

June 21 – Father’s Day Journey
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Bring dad along on the backcountry wilderness hike he's always wanted. Enjoy the oak-filled Wood Canyon and Wood Creek Trails as we search for wildlife and their evidence. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.
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. 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) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

June 21 – 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
Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up. Meet at the Shelter 3 parking lot. Reservations required, online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.html. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

June 24 – 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 (45-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).

June 24 – Under The Sea Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Learn all about animals in the ocean including fish, dolphins, sharks, and more! 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 (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Phone registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 3 to 4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

June 25 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, moderate, 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. Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.)

June 25 – Upcycling Animal Craft Fun Art I
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Make fun crafts out of recyclable materials you have at home!
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth(714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Please bring a large bottle cap and quart-sized plastic jug to class. Phone registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register. Ages 5 to 8 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

June 27 – Long Distance Hike in the Back Country
8 – 11:30 a.m.
Explore the beauty and diversity of Willow Canyon, Bommer Ridge, and Emerald Canyon in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7.2-mile hike (650-ft. elevation gain) over rocky, steep, and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub, and along ridges with beautiful vistas. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances.
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. For you safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Register here: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities.  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road)

June 27 – 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). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by 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: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; 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.

June 28 – Birding Walk
8 – 9 a.m.
Spot native birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: $3 per vehicle 
Contact: (949) 923-22435
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars! Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).

June 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 Acjachamen 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) or dirt trails with some sandy sections. Bike, helmet, water, snack and weather appropriate clothing/shoes 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.

June 28 – Family Science Sunday
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. Short Hike/Activity at 11am and 2pm.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: No registration necessary. Email unbic@ocparks.com for more information.

June 28 – 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).

June 30 – Our Zoo Mammals
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Come learn about the mammals at the OC Zoo! Class includes hands-on learning, fun art projects, 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 (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Phone registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 5 to 8 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.


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