Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, so consider trading the typical brunch and expensive flowers for an adventure with mom on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Visitors can celebrate Mother’s Day with the sweet smells and sights of nature while making lasting memories with the whole family. Whether registering for a hiking, interpretive, or stewardship program, there are several opportunities to celebrate mom and Mother Nature all week long.
Continue the celebration with moms who love to stay active during the Self-Paced Fitness Hike on Hicks Haul Road program on Thursday, May 10 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Gather the whole family and head to the City of Irvine’s Hicks Haul Road for a 3.5 mile hike to scenic Loma Ridge. Whether participants walk, jog, or run, everyone will enjoy panoramic views of the Orange County skyline.
The Animal Tracking in Fremont Canyon program is the perfect way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend for the moms that love to learn. On Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. families can visit OC Parks’ Fremont Canyon to study the evidence animals leave behind in nature like tracks, fur, bones, homes and more. You never know what you may find when tracking evidence from the animals that call Fremont Canyon home!
Families can continue learning about their natural surroundings while extending the Mother’s Day celebration during the Discover Hidden Canyons: Baker Canyon Meadow on Monday, May 14 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. This family-friendly activity invites visitors to discover the hidden canyons and trails found in OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park while learning about the plants and animals that thrive in the canyon and listening to stories about how the geology was formed.
Change things up this Mother’s Day and celebrate mom all week long! Most activities are free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event. Some programs are suitable for children 8 and over, and children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. For more details on fitness programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.