While many people enjoy the natural surroundings of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, they may not know that it’s easy to help restore and protect local open spaces. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy maintains a website that shares information and activities available on the land, and now all opportunities for public volunteerism are highlighted on the site for easy access.
Habitat restoration, invasive weed removal, planting and seeding are just a few of the activities that are available for individuals or groups. To find these opportunities, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities and look for activity titles that start with “Volunteer.” This tag will make it easy to scan the available outdoor activities and find opportunities to get involved in restoration programs. Visitors can click on the Event Title to sort alphabetically, then scroll down to find the activities that begin with “Volunteer.”
To make the most of the rainy season, the Conservancy has organized public seeding and planting activities, allowing members of the public to participate in restoration while learning about growing native plants. The Conservancy hosts regular programs at the Native Seed Farm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Kids 12 and over are welcome with parental supervision. For other types of restoration projects, the age limit and level of difficulty vary, but all needed tools and instruction are provided. Individuals, families or small groups can register for scheduled volunteer activities at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.