Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OC PARKS MAY 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Here are some highlights from the OC Parks May 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 MAY 2017 calendar of events

May 4 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View  
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately 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
Cost: Free     
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike . Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go Northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon.

May 6 – First Saturday of the Month Morning Hike To The Redwood Grove  
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Join OC Parks' trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile early morning 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 trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park's Nature Center.
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 welcome. Small children may have to be carried. To register, please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes. Rain will cancel hike.

May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Walk with a Naturalist
9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Join O'Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Cost: Free    
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Event is conditional to weather.

May 6 – Caspers Park Foundation Monthly Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Caspers Park Foundation host their monthly meeting in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. Please join them for an interactive talk with a special guest.
Location: Ronald W. 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 are welcome. For more information please contact the park office at (949) 923-2210.

May 6 – Bear Awareness Day
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come learn more about bears and have fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include bear crafts for kids, special zookeeper chats about bears, and a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservations, and research, how to "bear-proof" camping, sites, and what to do if you see a bear.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.
Cost: Free with Zoo Admission
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: Reservations are not needed. Activities are free with zoo admission. Zoo Admission is $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free. For more information please contact Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846.

May 6 – Rancho Days Fiesta
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come explore the rich history of Orange County's Ranchos and Native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, and first-person presentations.  All of the historic buildings will be open for tours, courtesy of the Amigos de la Colina Docents.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Cost: $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 is free.   
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2230
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. For more information visit: www.ocparks.com/ranchodaysfiesta.

May 6 – Volunteer Led Hike
12 – 1 p.m.
Join Caspers Park Foundation Volunteers for a 1-mile guided nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.
Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free    
Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee)
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Contact park office for hike updates. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area- adjacent to restrooms. Please contact park office for hike updates and cancellations.

May 7, 14, 21, 28 – Ranger Led Hike
8 – 9:15 a.m.
Join the Park Ranger for a 1-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.
Location: Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free    
Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee)
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area. Contact park office for hike updates.

May 7 – Discovery Hike
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Join our park volunteer and discover new plants and animals and learn about the geologic features of Santiago Oaks Park. Learn about the interesting history of the park and the adjacent Santa Ana Mountains. There will be a short introduction at the Park's Nature Center followed by an easy paced hike approximately 1.75 miles.
Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free     
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714)-973-6620
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Space is limited, registration is required, sign up online: www.letsgooutside.org/activities

May 9– California Native Plants and Uses
8:30 – 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
Cost: Free   
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/californianative. Bring hiking poles if you use them. 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.)


May 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. Please bring a towel and water – yoga mat optional.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free    
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/yogahike . Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area: Begin at Wood Canyon Trail off Canyon Vistas in Aliso Viejo. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go Northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22100 region of Canyon Vistas). Wood Canyon Trail starts as a paved sidewalk between a neighborhood park and tree-lined easement, then becomes dirt trail into the canyon. Hike leaders and participants will meet at the end of the paved sidewalk, entering the canyon.

May 11 – Fitness Hike at Dilley
8:30 – 11 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: Free     
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike 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) 497-8321 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat-Sun.

May 13 – Long Distance Hiking
8 – 11 a.m.
Explore the beauty and diversity Bommer Ridge and Emerald Canyon in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7.2-mile hike (1000-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. 
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road,
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free   
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. Registration is required, sign up online:www.eventbrite.com/longdistance. For your safety and comfort bring 2-3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. 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.)

May 13 – Blessing of the Graves
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ceremonies with family members of those buried at the cemetery.
Location: Historic Yorba Cemetery, Woodgate Park, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Cost: Free   
Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3190

May 14 – Second Sunday’s Restoration Program
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Join preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing Upper Newport Bay's habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash removal and garden maintenance.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 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. Water and tools are provided. Registration is required, sign up online: www.letsgooutside.org/activities. Rain cancels event.

May 18 – Fitness Hike
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
Cost: Free   
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshike. 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). For questions, call (949)-497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949)-923-2200 Sat-Sun.

May 20 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year volunteers will assist with various restoration activities including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants.
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) 923-2200
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

May 20 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day
8 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year volunteers will assist with various restoration activities including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants.
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: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! 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).

May 20 – Geology Hike
1– 4 p.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
Cost: Free     
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: For ages 10 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/geologyhike. 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.)

May 20 – The Costumes of Helena Modjeska
1 – 3 p.m.
In collaboration with Arden, Danielle Nieves, a University of California graduate student in Costume Design, will be presenting on Helena Modjeska's costumes and their lasting impact. Modjeska’s innovative costumes influenced both public fashion and stage design, helping to cement her place as one of the most major stage icons of the 19th century.  Please join us at Arden for a presentation and walk through as we explore Modjeska’s career in costuming.
Location: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens, 29042 Modjeska Canyon Road, Modjeska Canyon, CA 92676
Contact: (714) 973-6608
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Please RSVP at Bradley.flynt@ocparks.com or (714)-973-6608. Limited parking, please carpool. For additional information visit: www.ocparks.com/helenamodjeska.

May 21 – Peters Canyon 3rd Sunday Restoration Day
7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Help the Park Rangers remove invasive and non-native plants to keep native habitat healthy, in turn helping the wildlife thrive.  Please bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks, and closed toe shoes. 
Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park, 8548 Canyon View Ave. Orange, CA 92869.
Cost: Free     
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: letsgooutside.org/activities.

May 28 – Bird Walk
8 – 11 a.m.
Spot local native and resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven, sometimes steep terrain (up to 200-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
Cost: Free     
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: For ages 12 and up (minor must be accompanied by an adult). Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/birdwalk. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon staging area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road.)

May 28 – Family Science Sunday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come join us for a fun day of learning anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Family Science Sundays feature free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. Each month, we will explore a different educational theme. The activities are self-guided and may include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more!
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: All ages welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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