As we dive into the summer season, outdoor enthusiasts can lace up their hiking boots and prepare for the ultimate summertime adventure on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Whether southern California residents are just discovering the Landmarks or consider the open spaces their second home, there is always something new to learn about the nearly 40,000 acres of protected land. Trail blazers can enjoy the natural habitat while connecting with the land by registering for an interpretive program.
Birds are often hidden from sight, but can be identified by their calls and songs. Those looking to learn more about birding can join the Better Birding Basics: Birding by Ear in Agua Chinon interpretive program on Friday, June 15 from 8 – 11 a.m. During this program visitors can join other birders to learn how to spot birds and monitor which populations increase over time in the newly restored Agua Chinon Canyon.
Understanding the effects wildfires have on nature and how we can help prevent them is critical for southern California residents. On Saturday, June 16 from 8 – 10:30 a.m. visitors can join the Too Many Fires are Not Cool program for an informative and energizing hike in Limestone Canyon. During this program, participants will learn about both the positive and negative effects wildfires like the Canyon 2 fire has on wilderness areas. There will be several stops on the hike, including a stop highlighting the restoration progress of native grasses and other plants on the Landmarks that help the area be more fire resistant.
On Thursday, June 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. hikers can learn more about OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon during the Shhh…Hike, Look and Listen program. Visitors can take time away from their busy schedules to quietly walk through the calming canyons of the Landmarks. Nature lovers can take a moment to see red-tails hawks, listen to birds chirp, and smell the aroma of fresh sage. This “slow walk” into Baker Canyon will promote mindful thinking and help participants be aware of the nature around us.
Visitors can take advantage of the warm summer nights during the Stories of the Stars program on Friday, July 6 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. During this interpretive program in OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon, night-owls ages 6 and older will learn about the story behind famous constellations among the night sky. Hikers will travel 2.5 miles before hearing stories from different cultures about the stars above.
Join an interpretive program today to learn and connect with the local lands and protected open spaces! Most programs are free with required registration, which closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to the event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. For more details on these activities or to register, click the titles above, or visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.