From the sprawling vistas of Loma Ridge to the beauty of Black Star Canyon and beyond, the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks offer nature lovers an opportunity to explore the open spaces. Consider gathering friends and family for a day of fresh air and exercise by registering for a program or enjoying self-guided trails on the Landmarks in honor of Veterans Day.
“We’re incredibly appreciative of our vets and their service to our country. Veterans Day weekend is a great opportunity to celebrate their service with loved ones and explore what the Landmarks have to offer,” commented Dave Raetz, Irvine Ranch Conservancy Deputy Director.
An interesting way to experience the Landmarks and all they have to offer is by creating your own adventure. With a variety of self-guided trails, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the natural habitats at your own pace. Self-guided trails are available at any of these Landmarks: Bommer Canyon, Buck Gully Reserve, Crystal Cove State Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park, Quail Hill, Santiago Oaks Regional Park and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. There are numerous trails to explore, each one with something different to offer!
While you may want to explore further into the open spaces on your self-guided adventure, it’s important to remember these natural habitats are home to many plants and wildlife. Please help us preserve the natural beauty of the Landmarks and protect wildlife by staying on designated trails. If you are new to these trails, check out our trail tips to be sure you get the most out of your visit.
Grab your friends, family and a pair of hiking boots and explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks during Veterans Day Weekend and beyond. To get involved and experience the natural beauty of the lands, click the programs below.
Nov. 10: Agua Chinon and Sinks Exploration on Saturday, November 10 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. allows visitors a chance to get out and explore the Agua Chinon wash and the Sinks through this self-guided opportunity. Trail routes varying in distance and level of difficulty will be open for all. Whether traveling by foot or bike, there’s something for everyone to discover. Pre-registration is required due to limited parking.
Nov. 11: Second Sundays Restoration Program on Sunday, November 11 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. will give volunteers the opportunity to work with Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff in enhancing the Bay’s natural habitat for local wildlife. No experience necessary. Pre-registration is required.
Nov. 12: Tai Chi in the Canyon on Monday, November 12 from 9 – 11 a.m. will explore the ancient Chinese exercise renowned for the benefits of its slow, non-stressful physical exercises as well as meditative qualities. The first hour will be dedicated to beginning students and the second hour focuses on advanced students. All participants are welcome to participate or observe both sessions.
Spend time with friends and family enjoying the local lands this Veterans Day and beyond. Grab your closed-toe sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and water and head out to the open spaces for a program or create your own adventure on one of the many self-guided trails. Most activities are free with required pre-registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each event. For more details on programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and how to give back to the land visit www.LetsGoOutside.org.