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Celebrate National Public Lands Day Outdoors or at Home

PictureHikers enjoying the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

On Saturday, September 25, nature enthusiasts can celebrate National Public Lands Day outdoors or from the comfort of their own home! This year’s theme “More Ways to Connect to Nature” encourages participants to experience nature in a variety of ways, whether it be in person or virtual.
 
Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort, celebrating the connection between people and valuable wildlands. National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity for nature lovers of all ages to show appreciation for the precious wildlands and expand their connection to nature.

This year, Irvine Ranch Conservancy and its partners OC Parks, City of Irvine and the City of Newport Beach are able to resume free activities on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Celebrate National Public Lands Day by exploring Orange County’s open spaces with a guided hike, educational activity or stewardship event. For more information and to register for upcoming activities on the Landmarks, visit LetsGoOutside.org/activities.
 
Visitors can also explore seven-day access trails daily from dawn to dusk including popular Landmark locations in City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon and Quail Hill, Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve, OC Parks’ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Crystal Cove State Park.
 
For nature lovers who want to celebrate National Public Lands Day from the comfort of their own home, Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers a variety of videos that explore the Landmarks and the native species that call local wildlands home. From Wildlife Spotlights to Plant Profiles and the Hike From Home series, you can virtually explore the natural beauty of Agua Chinon, OC Parks’ Fremont Canyon, OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon, the Native Seed Farm and more. Videos can be viewed on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks’ YouTube Channel or Instagram.
 
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) will be hosting a virtual National Public Lands Day kick-off event on Facebook Live. The virtual event will take a brief look at the history and importance of National Public Lands Day with guests from Corazón Latino, Rock Creek Conservancy, US Forest Service, and National Park Service.
 
No matter where you are this National Public Lands Day, we hope you take time to connect with and appreciate native wildlands in Orange County and beyond! For more information about Irvine Ranch Conservancy and the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, visit irconservancy.org or follow on social media using the handle @IRConservancy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.