Heritage Hill Historical Park will host Harvest and Haunt events during October. Autumn Harvest Festival will be on Oct. 6, Haunt on Oct 12 and 13.

Enjoy these January 2020 OC Parks events

January 2 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 7.2-mile hike (1050-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. 

Location: Laguna Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: This is a fitness hike; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. For ages 15 and up. Ages under 18 are welcome with a signed waiver from a parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/fitnesshikeatlittlesycamore.

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Wild Tales
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Bring your little wild ones to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. Join us for a fun-filled parent and child experience that includes storytelling, a guided nature walk and arts and crafts.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: www.ocparks.com/parks/newport
Cost: $5 per child
Parking: Free
Contact: Nathan Taxel at (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: Trails are sandy/muddy, so wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for the outdoors. Strollers are not recommended on the trails. Program and crafts are tailored for preschool level (ages 2-5); however, all ages are welcome to attend. Registration is required; please sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/wildtales.

January 4 – Let’s Go Hiking
8 – 10:30 a.m.

Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a moderate (100-ft. elevation gain) 3.5-mile hike through Canyon and Mariposa trails with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You’ll experience a variety of plant communities, from coastal sage scrub to oak woodland and enjoy a panoramic view of the canyon at the top. You’ll also see one of Orange County’s few natural lakes.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: No experience is necessary, and tools are provided. Be sure to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Ages 5-16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16-18 are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/lets-go-hiking.

January 4 – Keep It Wild – Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
8 – 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks for our habitat restoration stewardship in Aliso and Wood Canyons. We’ll learn and work together to create a healthier home for the park’s native plants and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, volunteers may assist with removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants and/or trash pick-up along the creek.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Park Ranger Headquarters (from Alicia Parkway, turn onto Awma Road, then left into the parking lot). 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: No experience is necessary, and tools are provided. Be sure to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Ages 5-16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16-18 are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.org/keepitwild.

January 4 – Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families, as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of loops offer extended exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7 miles in a strong cardio trek.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Register online at www.letsgooutside.org/wildernessaccessdayblackstar.

January 4 – Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon, Equestrian
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Discover the history found along the trails in beautiful Black Star and Baker Canyons from the back of your horse. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use, where you can reach several peaks to view the local canyon terrain or meander along single tracks though the thick chaparral brush. Riders who have trail riding experience with a fit and able horse will enjoy choosing routes from easy 30-minute walks to strenuous 7-mile loops.

Location: Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Baker Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required, register online at www.letsgooutside.org/wildernessaccessdayequestrian.

January 4, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25, 29 – Dig in! Plant & Protect Wildflowers with the Native Seed Farm
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Want to have fun while giving back to nature? Then come help out at the Native Seed Farm in Irvine! There you can help the Irvine Ranch Conservancy grow and harvest native seeds which will be used to repair wildland right here in Orange County.

Location: Native Seed Farm
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 8 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; to register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/plantandprotectflowers.

January 4 – Modjeska’s Holiday Open House
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The holiday is in full swing at the historic Modjeska House and Gardens. Holiday trees are adorned with dried fruit garlands, with miniature candles and Polish-inspired ornaments adding to the festive flair. Rooms filled with glowing candles and seasoned with pine and mistletoe create a wonderful sense of times gone by. Enjoy the home and gardens this holiday with family and friends. Enjoy hot cocoa and the famous Modjeskas, a caramel marshmallow that Madame Modjeska approved herself.

Location: Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens. 29042 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
Website: www.ocparks.com/modjeskasholidayopenhouse
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2230

Special Instructions: Space is limited. To register, please call (949) 923-2230.

January 4 – Volunteer Led Hike
12 – 1 p.m.

Join Caspers Park Foundation volunteers for a one-mile guided nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area, adjacent to the restrooms.
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers
Cost:  Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210

Special instructions: Contact park office for hike updates and cancellations.

January 4 – Family Hike
3 – 5 p.m.

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve, we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. The hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; sign up at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/familyhike.

January 4 – Sunset Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road: Both Sides of Loma Ridge
4 – 6 p.m.

You will enjoy a gorgeous sunset with panoramic views of Orange County while hiking on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike travels 6 miles, out and back on both sides of Loma Ridge. If you are comfortable with our mid-week after work fitness hike, this is the perfect activity for you to get your workout in and view the sunset.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; sign up at www.letsgooutside.org/sunsetfitnesshike

January 5, 12, 19, 26 – Ranger Led Hike
8 – 9:15 a.m.

Join OC Parks rangers for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. The hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210

Special Instructions: Contact park office for hike updates.

January 5 – Santiago Oaks Guided Nature Hike
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Join us on a moderate 2-mile hike that includes climbing 400 feet above the Santiago Creek watershed as we watch for raptors, birds and other wildlife. Along the way, you will learn about some of the animals that call the park home and how they are dealing with the recent Canyon 2 Fire.

Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 Windes Dr, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: Free
Parking: $5 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Sign up at www.letsgooutside.org/santiagooakshike.

January 5 – January Migratory Bird Survey
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

From October 2019 through March 2020, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host monthly migratory bird surveys open for public participation. We will be tracking the abundance and diversity of the amazing variety of migratory birds who overwinter on the bay. This activity is open to birders at all levels and no experience is necessary.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: Nathan Taxel at (949) 923-2277

Special Instructions: Participants can expect to walk 2 to 3 miles over uneven terrain. Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. To register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/migratorybirdsurvey.

January 6 – The Lure and Lull of Limestone Canyon and the Sinks Equestrian Ride
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Take a leisurely equestrian ride through beautiful Limestone Canyon, home of oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub. View evidence of the old ranch days when cattle once roamed the area and see plants that are native to our area. You will be touring the beautiful Natural Landmarks.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Registration is required. Sign up at www.letsgooutside.com/limestonecanyonride.

January 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 – After Work Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us every Monday and Wednesday night for a fitness-focused hike on the paved Hicks Haul Road. During spring, summer and fall, hikers will enjoy wonderful sunset views and a panoramic overview of Orange County.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 16 and up. Registration is required; sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/afterworkhike.

January 7 – Twilight Hike: Fremont Canyon
2:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Come enjoy a scenic fast-paced twilight hike in the remote Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve. Our hike climbs steeply from the mouth of Fremont Canyon, past an abandoned coal mine, up to the Fremont Weather Station where winds have been clocked up to 100 mph. After enjoying the view, we’ll turn around and hike back the same way to our starting point. This challenging hike involves steep hills and a 1,200 feet elevation change, but the rewards are sweeping views at the magic hour of twilight, just before and after sunset.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 18 and up. Registration is required; sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/twilighthike

January 7, 14, 21, 28 – Tuesday Morning Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
9 – 11:30 a.m.

Ready for a workout? Forget the gym for the day and head outside! Join us for an exhilarating morning fitness walk on the paved Hicks Haul Road. This hike allows you to choose between a three, six or eight-mile route, all of which are conducted at the speed of about 3 to 3.5 miles per hour.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Walkers should be confident in their ability to hike three, six or eight miles at a steady pace. Ages 16 and up. Registration is required; sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/tuesdaymorninghike

January 8 – Yoga Hike
9 – 10:30 a.m.

Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Please bring water, your own yoga mat and large beach towel. Mats will not be provided. For ages 15 and up. Ages under 18 must have a signed waiver from a parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.org/yogahike

January 9 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 6.6-mile hike (1,100-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate). 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: This is a fitness hike; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. For ages 15 and up. Ages under 18 must have a signed waiver from a parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/fitnesshikeatridgepark.

January 9 – Native Plant Nursery at Augustine Staging Area
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Please join us at the Augustine native plant nursery to plant native shrubs and enhance native habitat at the staging area. We will be working in close proximity to the parking area at the Augustine staging area in Limestone Canyon.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; to register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/nativeplantnursery

January 9 – Intermediate Evening Mountain Bike Ride
5 – 7 p.m.

Explore Limestone Canyon by night on this intermediate mountain bike night ride. We will ride out of Augustine, up Loma Ridge, down to The Sinks and along Limestone Ridge or Limestone Valley, depending on the group.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Please plan for a distance between 10-12 miles. Please arrive early as it will get dark quickly. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required; sign up at www.letsgooutside.org/eveningmountainbikeride

January 10 – Distance Hike: Limestone Canyon
7:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Join us for a scenic, fast-paced, challenging distance hike in the beautiful Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 10 to 12-mile hike offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains as well as possible wildlife sightings. Depending on timing, this hike may include a visit to The Sinks and/or Dripping Springs.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Augustine Staging Area
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: This hike is for physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required; sign up at www.letsgooutside.org/distancehike

January 10 – Animal Art II Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close! There will be different crafts than Animal Art I.

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo
Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. Registration is required; call (714) 973-6846 to register.

January 10 – Full Moon Hike
7 – 9 p.m.

Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a walk around the Bay, lit by the full moon. We will see and hear nocturnal animals as the “night shift” clocks in for duty.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2250

Special Instructions: Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Walk-ins are welcome, however space is limited, so registration is suggested. Sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/fullmoonhike.

January 11 – Extreme Cardio Hike: Fremont Run and Hike Loop
6:30 – 11 a.m.

Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning cardio run/hike around Fremont Canyon loop. This is a 16-mile cardio run/hike, completed in 4.5 hours. The first 10 miles are intensely difficult over a 3,500 ft. elevation change.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: This hike is for experienced, physically fit hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents. Those who are not prepared may have to return to the staging area and not complete the hike. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required; to register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/extremecardiohike

January 11 – Hicks Haul Fitness Run: Extended 10K Distance
6:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Join us for a road run in the Irvine Ranch Open Space. We’ll run on the paved Hicks Haul Road, up to a 10k (6.5 miles) distance. We’ll begin with some warm-up exercises before we set off on our run. The route is up and over Loma Ridge, providing both uphill and downhill training on both the out and the back portions. The pace is up to you, but you must finish and be back to the staging area by our designated end time. Besides not having to share the road with vehicles, we’ll enjoy being surrounded by the amazing natural resources of the Landmarks and far-reaching views of the Santa Ana mountains to the north on our way out and then the pacific coastline on our return leg of the run.

Location Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area
Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. To register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/hickshaulfitnessrun

January 11 – King Tide at the Bay
8 – 10 a.m.

King tides are the highest tides of the year and occur during full moons in the winter. They are also previews of how rising sea levels may affect coastal communities. Join us at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a family-friendly program to learn about how and why king tides occur and how anyone can help document their impact through the Coastal Commission’s “California King Tides Project.” All you need is a smartphone or camera!

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: www.ocparks.com/parks/newport
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: Nathan Taxel at (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is suggested. To register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/kingtide

January 11 – Keep It Wild – Nursery and Plant Care
8 – 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in beautiful Laguna Coast Wilderness Park at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers and help maintain the nursery. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers!

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection. Ages 5-16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16-18 are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/keepitwild.

January 12 – Trail Stewardship
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you use the wilderness park for hiking, biking, photography or just relaxing, trail stewardship will be right up your alley! Get up close and personal with the trail you use; you’ll see the trails in a whole new way. This is fun hard work. Whatever your skill level is, there is a job to do: cleaning drains of brush; building “gargoyles” to better define the trail; moving dirt or building an in-slope turn. We will be using tools such as loopers, picks, shovels and McLeods to restore features that protect the trail and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Remember: let’s keep users on the trail and water off the trail to prevent fragmentation of our precious wilderness.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Big Bend Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 1 mile south of El Toro Road). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection. Ages 5-16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16-18 are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/trailstewardship.

January 12 – Second Sunday Restoration
9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup and Butterfly Garden maintenance.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: www.ocparks.com/parks/newport
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: No experience is necessary; please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Water and tools are provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Rain or heat advisories cancel the event. Sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/secondsundayrestoration.

January 12 – Geology Hike
1 – 4 p.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. There will be a brief introduction lecture at the trailhead. This will be a 4-5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area. 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: This hike is not for beginners. Be sure to carry water and wear proper shoes and attire.Hiking poles are suggested. If we have to cancel the event due to weather or other circumstances, we will notify you through your provided email address. Ages 15 and up (with a signed waiver from a parent). Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/geologyhike.

January 15 – Discovery Hike
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky 5-mile hike (depending on trail choice, up to a 500 ft. elevation gain). While we will stop from time to time, spending moments to “discover,” this hike isn’t for beginners.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail. Please wear closed-toe hiking shoes and sun protection and bring plenty of water. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/disoveryhike.

January 16 – Fitness Hike at Willow
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (750-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area. 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: This is a fitness hike and not for beginners; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. For ages 15 and up. Ages under 18 must have a signed waiver from a parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/fitnesshike.

January 16 – Nose, Toes & Ears Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Come find out why some animals have big or small noses or ears and what their toes look like! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close!

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo
Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. Registration is required; call (714) 973-6846 to register.

January 17 – Tot Walk
9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join OC Parks naturalists along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants and birds and explore! Park rangers and OC Parks staff may even lead a game or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun!

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Park Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into the parking lot.
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: If the event is cancelled due to weather or any other circumstance, you will be notified through your provided email address. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/totwalk.

January 18 – Irvine Regional Park Fishing Derby
7 – 11 a.m.

OC Parks would like to invite you and your kids to a fun morning of fishing at Irvine Regional Park! This is a Kids’ Fishing Derby (for ages 15 and under). The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout. Trophies will be given to the participants who catch the largest fish!

Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/parks/irvine
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6835

Special Instructions: Please bring your own fishing pole and bait. Adults will not be permitted to fish until the event is over. Registration is required at the OC Parks check-in table on the day of the event. 

January 18 – Keep It Wild – Big Bend
8 – 11 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks at one of our habitat restoration stewardship events in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park as we learn and work together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection and/or planting of native plants.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Big Bend Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 1 mile south of El Toro Road). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for volunteers
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection. Ages 5-16 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Students ages 16-18 are welcome with a waiver signed by a parent/guardian that is collected at the start of the event. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/keepitwildbigbend.

January 18 – Habitat Restoration
9 – 11 a.m.

Help us enhance Talbert Regional Park by joining our team of volunteers. You and fellow volunteers will restore habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, trail maintenance, planting and watering. No experience is necessary.

Location: Talbert Regional Park. 1298 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa, CA 9262. The group will meet at the vehicular gate to the park, located on Balboa Blvd.
Cost: Free
Parking: Free; street parking will be available at the end of 19th Street in the city of Costa Mesa (19th St. and Balboa Blvd.)

Special Instructions: Minors must have a legal guardian present at all times. Sturdy boots, long pants and long sleeves are highly recommended. All training, tools and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/habitatrestoration.

January 18 – Star Light, Star Bright Night Hike
5:30 – 8 p.m.

Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Park rangers will lead starlit hikes showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night. The night hikes will feature many fun activities, including hot cocoa and cookies, live animal presentations and a hike through the wilderness area to Redwood Grove.

Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823, Parking Lot B
Website: www.ocparks.com/starlighthike
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3160

Special Instructions: This is an outdoor event. Please dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Rain will cancel event. Space is limited, and registration is required; sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/starlighthike

January 19 – Intro to Mountain Biking
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Park Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. From southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, take the first right on Awma Road, then left into the parking lot.
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. The bike ride is not for beginners. Ages 15 and up are welcome with a signed waiver from parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/intromountainbiking.

January 19 – Intermediate Mountain Biking
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Park Ranger Headquarters. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. From southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, take the first right on Awma Road, then left into the parking lot.
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: This is for intermediate riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment is required. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Also, be prepared for varied weather out in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Ages 15 and up are welcome with a signed waiver from parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/intermediatemountainbiking.

January 19 – Introduction to Nature Journaling and Writing
1 – 3 p.m.

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve presents Introduction to Nature Writing and Journaling. Join us for a classroom workshop followed by time in the field where participants will get an introduction to nature journaling, learn some basic nature observation techniques and explore the art of creative writing and sketching.
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200
Special Instructions: No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but this program will be geared toward adult learners. Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Walk-ins are welcome; however seating is limited, so registration is suggested. To register, visit www.letsgooutside.org/intronaturejournaling.

January 20 – Reach for the Heights with Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hike up the Little Sycamore trail with your family and friends, elevated by the words of our brave, brilliant and compassionate American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drop in between 10 and 2 p.m. to hike on your own, reading inspirational quotes along the path to lift your spirits. From the ridge, enjoy the view of the canyons.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: This moderate 2-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 400-ft. elevation gain. Hiking poles are recommended. Recommended for hikers ages 9 and up. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/reachfortheheights.

January 23 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6.2-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (800-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail. For ages 15 and up; ages under 18 must have a signed waiver from parent. Registration is required; sign up at www.lagunacanyon.org/fitnesshikeatcanyonview.

January 25 – Trail Stewardship
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

If you use the wilderness park for hiking, biking, photography or just relaxing, Trail Stewardship will be right up your alley! Get up close and personal with the trail you use; you’ll see the trails in a whole new way. This is fun hard work. Whatever your skill level is, there is a job to do: clearing drains of brush; building ”gargoyles” to better define the trail; moving dirt or building an in-slope turn.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: We will be using tools such as loppers, picks, shovels and McLeods to restore features that protect the trail and/or build new features to improve trail sustainability. Remember: let’s keep users on the trails and water off the trail to prevent fragmentation of our precious wilderness. Snacks will be provided. Expect to hike up to 4 miles during our morning. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and sun protection. Bring plenty of water. The location will be determined closer to the date. Register online at www.lagunacanyon.org/trailstewardship.

January 26 – Bird Walk
8 – 11 a.m.

Spot local native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (up to 100-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: For ages 12 and up; minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. All ages are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; sign up at www.lagunacanyonfoundation.com/bridwalk.

January 26 – Junior Ranger Day at the Bay
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Come earn your Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete a short service project and take the junior ranger oath. Activities will be designed for learners in the 9 to 12 age range, but everyone is welcome to attend.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2250 or email [email protected]

Special Instructions: Minors ages 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event. Registration is required, sign up online at www.letsgooutside.org/juniorrangerday.

January 29 – Discovery Hike
8:30 – 11 a.m.

Explore beautiful Wood Canyon and discover its native flora and fauna with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this steep, uneven and rocky 5-mile hike (depending on trail choice, up to a 500 ft. elevation gain). While we will stop from time to time, spending moments to “discover,” this hike isn’t for beginners.

Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. 28373 Alicia Pkwy, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. From Pacific Park/Canyon Vistas intersection, go northwest on Canyon Vistas. Park legally (note street signs) on or near Canyon Vistas, preferably between Coastal Oak and Madia (22144 region of Canyon Vistas).
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: We will meet on the paved sidewalk easement leading toward Wood Canyon Trail. Please wear closed-toe hiking shoes and sun protection and bring plenty of water. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/discoveryhike.

January 30 – Trail Running
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers on a 5.5-mile run for intermediate level trail runners. This run, with an elevation gain of 600 feet on the rugged terrain of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, is a great way to experience the trails. Please come ready to have fun.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Staging Area. 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Be sure to wear proper shoes and attire, carry water and snacks. Ages 16 and up are permitted with a signed waiver from parent. Registration is required; sign up online at www.lagunacanyon.org/trailrunning.

January 30 – Fitness Hike at Dilley
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (650-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost: Free
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: This is a fitness hike and not for beginners; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. For ages 15 and up with a signed waiver from parent. Registration is required; sign up at www.lagunacanyon.org/fitnesshike-dilley.

January 30 – Scales, Feathers & Fur Preschool Program
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Come learn all about animals covered with scales, feathers or fur! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close!

Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park). 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo
Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. Registration is required; call (714) 973-6846 to register.

This article was released by OC Parks.