Tarantulas are everywhere! These large arachnids can be spotted on trails all over the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks in the late summer and early autumn months. Tarantulas are not aggressive animals and they will happily let you admire them from a distance, so long as they can go about their business. Tarantulas are part of the large and diverse spider family, and thus have eight legs, but they are much larger and thicker than most other spiders that live in the United States. Tarantulas ambush their prey on the ground and are known to eat small vertebrates like lizards and mice as well as large insects and other spiders.
Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy in celebrating the beauty of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks during National Public Lands Day on September 28. Spend the day giving back to the local environment and learn about the direct impact volunteering can have on our natural surroundings.
Held on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. This day brings a unique opportunity for the community to connect with nature through service. Irvine Ranch Conservancy welcomes nature lovers throughout Orange County to participate in a variety of stewardship opportunities to connect with the expansive Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and its partners and volunteers through LetsGoOutside.org.
The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are home to a variety of diverse habitats within Orange County, bringing many opportunities to experience and learn from the wonders of nature! Expand your learning experience with nature while exploring the perfect outdoor classroom. From the beautiful mountains and trails to the unique flora and fauna found across the Landmarks, there are so many fun and exciting features to discover.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy, along with OC Parks, the City of Irvine and the City of Newport Beach, offers a variety of free educational and interactive activities on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks that are sure to enrich every visitor’s experience with nature. Next time you log into LetsGoOutside.org, make sure to explore all of the interpretive activities offered on the land.
Spending time on local trails is a great way to get your family out of the house for a fun adventure. With 40,000 acres of open space, Orange County residents have access to one of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the world, so why not experience it with your children? Introducing little ones to the outdoors and allowing them to experience nature is the best way to grow the next generation of nature enthusiasts, while making life-long family memories.
Taking kids out on trails might seem challenging, but if you’re properly prepared, everyone is bound to have a great time! Before you head out to explore the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks with your kids, Irvine Ranch Conservancy has some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Take the time during Labor Day weekend to unwind in the fresh outdoor air! Many consider Labor Day the final hurrah of summer, so make it a relaxing weekend outdoors before the fall season is here. The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks are the perfect place to enjoy nature during this long weekend. With a variety of scheduled activities and self-guided trails to explore, there’s something for everyone!
Bring your family and friends outside on Sunday, September 1 for an adventurous Nature Walk through the spectacular trails of Peters Canyon Regional Park with OC Parks staff. Beginning at 8 a.m., hikers ages 8 and older will explore the local plants and animals while also learning about the history of Peters Canyon. Remember to bring water, appropriate sun protection and athletic shoes for the 2.5-mile journey.
Welcome to the Irvine Ranch Conservancy "News from the Field" blog. These articles are written by Conservancy staff about activities and projects in and near the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.