If you’re looking to learn more about local Orange County habitats, then look no further and check out the interpretive activities offered by Irvine Ranch Conservancy and its partners. You’ve probably noticed the different categories while browsing activities on LetsGoOutside.org, and might have been left wondering what exactly an interpretive activity is. Interpretive activities are designed to focus on helping visitors enjoy their time outdoors, while also learning about nature. Led by Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers, some interpretive activities are interactive while others are more of an educational discussion. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s bound to be an interpretive activity for you!
Have you ever wondered what happens on the Landmarks when the sun goes down? Irvine Ranch Conservancy Full Moon Hikes give hikers the chance to experience the trails after sunset, taking in the night sounds and smells under moonlight, while discussing the night sky. These popular hikes are for a range of different ages, so be sure to check the difficulty rating before signing up.
For parents looking to introduce their little wild ones to the great outdoors, they can sign up for Wild Tales, offered every Friday morning from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and led by OC Parks. This hour-long program is guaranteed to be a fun-filled parent and child experience that includes storytelling, a guided nature walk, hands-on activities, and arts and crafts. The activity is tailored for preschool-aged children, however, all ages that enjoy the experience are welcome to attend. Get out and get wild with your little ones during the next Wild Tales adventure!
If you’re looking for an activity for your nature-loving preteen, try OC Parks’ Junior Ranger Day at the Bay program that takes place once a month at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete a short service project and take the junior ranger oath, earning their Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate. Activities are designed for rangers in the 9-12 age range, but everyone is welcome!
Nature enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge before embarking on their spring and summer outdoor adventures should attend a Back to Basics Winter Workshop. These lecture-style workshops, presented by OC Parks, offer a variety of topics including family camping, backpacking, outdoor safety and survival, and more. Field experts will be onsite at each workshop to discuss their tips and tricks, answering any questions you might have. Winter workshops are geared towards adult learners, but all ages are welcome. With these workshops, you’ll be confident and prepared for your next outdoor adventure!
Orange County residents know California has a long history of wildfires, making it important to be prepared when fire season comes around. Fortunately, there are ways to modify your home to be more fire resistant. Firescaping with OCFA, hosted by Irvine Ranch Water District, is an interpretive program designed to help community members prepare for wildfires by firescaping their property. Meet experts from Orange County Fire Authority and learn the basics on topics such as fire-resistant plants.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy and a diverse network of partners continue to provide a variety of interpretive programming as a way for visitors of all ages to engage and learn about the Landmarks. These activities can fill up fast, so head over to our website and sign up for the next interpretive activity! 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 programs, hikes, and other activities visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.