Amid the sprawling oaks and blooming wildflowers in Limestone and Baker canyons lurks a prickly menace. An invasive weed called milk thistle threatens native plants and grasses that wildlife use for food and shelter. While widespread, milk thistle is easy to pull, and OC Parks is hosting a family-friendly event that will have kids showing milk thistle who’s boss.
The program will be facilitated by the science and stewardship team from Irvine Ranch Conservancy, who will provide equipment and refreshments. The March 24 event is in Baker Canyon and the March 31 event is in Limestone Canyon. Both areas are part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains near Irvine Lake.
The programs are free, and parents can register up to 5 participants or find out more by visiting www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.