From OC Parks’ geologic wonder, Limestone Canyon, to the City of Irvine’s expansive Bommer Canyon, the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are home to diverse trail systems and natural habitat waiting to be explored by the community. The Landmarks provide outdoor enthusiasts of all ages a variety of opportunities to experience and connect with the lands. Children as young as 8 have the chance to build a lifelong love and greater appreciation for nature through several different hiking, stewardship, and interpretive programs.
In honor of Earth Day, the Boys and Girls Club had the chance to explore nature in their backyard with a field trip to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Sponsored by the Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation, Irvine Ranch Conservancy hosted the field trip to give local 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to learn about habitat, native plants, and wildlife.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers several kid-friendly programs that give the whole family the opportunity to learn about the natural world around them. From hiking and fitness programs, to stewardship and interpretive activities, nature lovers of all ages and interests can find programs they enjoy.
Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon on Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., invites hikers, bikers, and equestrians of all skill and fitness levels to explore the many trails in OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon. This self-guided activity allows families to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery while enjoying the warm spring sunshine. Whether explorers decide to enjoy a 30-minute stroll on the beginner trails or challenge themselves with a cardio trek for 7+ miles, there is something for everyone.
On Wednesday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., volunteers ages 8 and up can roll up their sleeves during the It’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm activity. This program serves as a great way to introduce kids to nature while harvesting seeds from beautiful native wildflowers to benefit the Landmarks. The harvested seeds will help re-grow animal habitat and provide animals with food and shelter.
Families can join the Discover Hidden Canyons: Baker Canyon Meadow interpretive program on Monday, May 14 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. and explore the canyons and trails found on the Landmarks. During this program, visitors will stroll along trails in OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon