Wilderness Access Days have gained a reputation as “DIY” open space experiences, with the support of friendly volunteers to help you along. However, for those not ready or too young to go it alone, OC Parks is introducing docent-led hikes and kids’ activities during their monthly Wilderness Access Days.
These events are held monthly, switching each month between Limestone Canyon and Black Star Canyon. On Saturday, March 2, the Wilderness Access Day is in Black Star Canyon, beginning at the Baker Canyon Staging Area. These unique outdoor adventures begin with check-in at the staging area, where friendly volunteers from Irvine Ranch Conservancy are on hand to help guide visitors to the right trails for their interest, experience and time available. Volunteers are also stationed out on the trails, to provide assistance along the way.
For younger kids and their parents, OC Parks is taking the nature center concept outdoors, with educational activities and hands-on learning provided by a trained naturalist. These activities will be at both the Limestone Canyon and Black Star Canyon Wilderness Access Days, starting with the March 2 event. The naturalist will also be able to suggest age-appropriate hikes and nature walks for families.
Wilderness Access Days and docent-led hikes are free. And while registration for the access day is strongly encouraged, registration for docent-led hikes is required. Participants can register online at www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities -- registration for Saturday Wilderness Access Days and Saturday’s hikes ends on the preceding Friday at 4 p.m.