Spending Mother's Day exploring the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks will not only shake up the brunch-and-flowers routine, but will create family memories that Mom will never forget. From the mountains to the sea, opportunities abound for spending time with your Mom -- and Mother Nature -- on Sunday, May 13.
Families interested in easy strolls together have choices on both ends of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. At the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, the “Bird Walk at Freshwater Marsh” will provide views of migratory birds and will be guided by an expert birder. In Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, an easy hike suitable for kids as young as 5 takes the family through oak canopies to Barbara’s Lake. Toward the mountains, in Limestone Canyon, families can take a “Sketch and Connect” hike that will include stops to sketch scenery and learn about the history of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks.
If Mom’s idea of fun is a little more fast-paced, she can enjoy a trail run to The Sinks, known as Orange County’s mini Grand Canyon. Mountain-biking moms can enjoy a wild ride through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, or learn the basics of biking at an adult beginner ride in Limestone Canyon.
You can also choose to explore open space on your own, as many local parks are open 7 days a week. For a variety of trails with stunning views, try Bommer Canyon in the City of Irvine or O’Neil Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon, managed by OC Parks.
Some programs are in areas with parking or usage fees, and have varying minimum age requirements. For programs that require per-registration, participants must register by 4 pm on Friday, May 4. For full details on all of the programs mentioned, please visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.