The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks span across nearly 40,000 acres of open spaces that stretch from expansive canyons to oak woodlands and picturesque shorelines. One of the world’s bio-diversity hot spots, the Landmarks are home to biological treasures and unique geological features where hundreds of species of plants and wildlife thrive. Protecting and preserving the lands is a unified effort that involves the dedicated work of many who help support, preserve and restore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
A diverse network of partners contribute to the preservation of the Landmarks, helping protect and restore tens of thousands of acres of natural habitat. The Landmarks span open spaces in the City of Irvine, City of Newport Beach, OC Parks, and beyond. The collaborative efforts of landowners and managers ensure visitors have an opportunity to connect with nature in meaningful ways.
Partnerships are the key to the long-term health of the Landmarks, creating opportunities for stewardship and restoration that result in thriving habitats fit for recreational programs. Thanks to the efforts and contributions of the many partners and managers of the lands, the community can experience, enjoy, and participate in the Landmarks and all they offer.
Visitors to the lands can enjoy self-guided trails or docent-led programs to connect with the bio-diversity hot spots that make up the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Click the programs below to register for an activity today!
- Seasoned hikers can join the Fitness Hike in Bommer Canyon in the City of Irvine on Tuesday, April 10 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a fast-paced evening hike along 3 miles while raising their heartrate by climbing over 700 ft. of elevation.
- Spot local plants and wildlife during After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road in OC Parks Limestone Canyon on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Fitness enthusiasts are welcome to join the docent on the hike or enjoy the trek at their own pace.
- Nature lovers can join the Flora and Fauna of Buck Gully- OASIS Shuttle Service Route program in the City of Newport Beach on Friday, May 18 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Explore and learn about the vibrant diversity of native flora and fauna in the Buck Gully Reserve while traveling 3.5 miles mostly downhill.
Most programs on the Landmarks are free with required pre-registration, which closes 4 p.m. the day prior to each activity. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Difficulty levels and age requirements vary from program to program, so make sure to check out each activity description to learn more. For more information on events, or to register, click the titles above or go to LetsGoOutside.org/activities.