Imagine walking with your family along a trail, enjoying the outdoors together. The path is clear, yet you feel immersed in the surrounding plant life. Then imagine telling your family how, just last week, you helped work on this trail to make sure that families like yours could enjoy it.
Trail work in the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is a rewarding volunteer effort. Not only do you get to enjoy some time in Orange County’s only National Natural Landmark, but your work benefits the land and enhances the wilderness experience for all visitors. Irvine Ranch Conservancy hosts regular trail work volunteer programs, as part of their stewardship work for landowners such as OC Parks, City of Irvine, and City of Newport Beach.
This project will offer a better way for visitors to experience this significant piece of Orange County history. Conservancy staff has already done some of the heavy lifting on the monument itself, and is now seeking public volunteers to help with the fine tuning of the trail edges and manicuring of the viewing area around the historical marker. Next month, the Conservancy sets its sights on Shady Canyon in Irvine. They will work with public volunteers on general trailside trimming and maintenance of the paths in this scenic area.
Trail work activities are free volunteer programs, usually with a 16-and-over age requirement. No previous experience is necessary, and tools are provided. For more information or to register, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.