Even if the groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter, Orange County experiences favorable weather all year long! Irvine Ranch Conservancy encourages visitors to get outside and experience some of the reoccurring programs offered on LetsGoOutside.org
Participating in stewardship activities gives visitors the opportunity to give back to their favorite trails and open spaces on the Landmarks. Volunteers can sign up for weekly and monthly programs from the coast to the mountains and incorporate volunteering into their routine. Whether participants choose to visit the Native Seed Farm, participate in the Waterworks Trail Restoration in Fremont Canyon, or spend the day on the coast during the First Friday Restoration in Buck Gully, volunteers can find regular stewardship activities throughout the month.
Those looking to get into an exercise routine can join weekly fitness hikes offered throughout the Landmarks. Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike and the After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road offers hikers the chance to walk up to Loma Ridge and enjoy panoramic views of Orange County. Each hike allows participants to choose how far they would like to hike and travel the speed they are most comfortable with. Mid Week Hikes are offered every week on the Irvine Open Space Preserve and allow hikers to challenge themselves with steep climbs and descents.
Wilderness Access Days
Twice a month, hikers, bikers, and equestrians can explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks through self-guided access or during docent-led programs during Wilderness Access Days. The bi-monthly program is offered at OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon and Black Star Canyon and the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon. Visitors can choose their own adventure and explore these open spaces from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. throughout the year.
Yoga & Yiking
Find peace and unity with nature among the trees during yoga and yiking programs. Offered weekly to visitors ages 16 and older, yoga enthusiasts can participate in the Meditative Yoga and Meadow Walk and enjoy 45-60 minutes of guided yoga after starting the morning off with a 1-mile stroll through a local meadow in Bommer Canyon. Visitors looking to step up the cardio can join the bi-weekly Yiking: Cardio Hike and Yoga program in the City of Irvine’s Orchard Hills.
Visit the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and experience reoccurring programs 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. For more details on reoccurring programs, hikes, and other activities visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.