While those living in colder climates might pay more attention to the tradition, residents of Orange County don’t have to worry too much about Phil’s prediction. The brisk cool temperatures and sunny skies make for easy winters in Orange County and an ideal time to help restore and protect native habitats. The wet winter months across the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks can bring much needed rainfall that leads to lush greenery throughout the open spaces.
Relax in the serene outdoors while helping to Nurture the Bommer Canyon Nature Garden on Monday, February 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green thumbs can join in planting native shrubs to enhance the garden and restore native habitat. Participants can also learn about the native plants that are unique to our community.
Spend the morning at the Native Plant Nursery at the Augustine Staging Area to plant native shrubs on Thursday, February 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Care for the charming open space while enhancing the native habitat at the staging area.
For those looking for a fun-filled activity while giving back to nature, visit the Native Seed Farm in Irvine during Dig In! Plant & Protect Wildflowers. Offered every Wednesday and Saturday morning, this stewardship activity lets participants ages 8 and older work together to add new little plants at the Farm! No experience is required, and all gloves and tools are provided.
Give back to nature during the Second Sundays Restoration Program at Upper Newport Bay! Take some time to enhance the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife through activities like plant removal, native planting, watering, trash clean-up and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary, and water and tools are provided.
No matter what Phil’s prediction brings this year, the winter season in Orange County is the perfect opportunity for locals to get connected with nature through stewardship! Join a stewardship activity and visit the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks throughout the year. All activities offered are free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event. Some programs are suitable for children 12 and over, and children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities for more information on stewardship days, hikes, and other activities.