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Events Happening This Week in Orange County: July 27th – August 2nd

Saturday, August 1st

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Start your weekend off by exploring the endless opportunities found throughout magnificent Limestone Canyon. Designated trails will be open for self-guided trail use in OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space. Trail routes vary in distance and level of difficulty with choices ranging from easy one-hour walks to strenuous 15-mile cardio treks. Whether traveling by feet, hooves or wheels, Wilderness Access Day in Limestone Canyon is a treasure waiting to be discovered by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers alike. Event runs 8:00am – 2:00pm. All participants are requested to check-in and complete their registration at the Augustine Staging Area prior to accessing the trail system. The highly popular “The Sinks” is a 9-mile round trip hike over moderate terrain and can take the majority of the designated event time.

Wilderness Access Day: Limestone Canyon, Guided Walk

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Join an exploratory hike through the beautiful Limestone Canyon. This month on the guided walk, we will offer hike through nature by enjoying Shoestring Single Track Trail. Discover the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, its history and nature along this refreshing 2-mile hike. After our trek, you are welcome to enjoy the trails during Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon. To help speed along the registration/check-in process, you are encouraged to also register for Wilderness Access Day – Limestone Canyon. Free walk runs 8:30am – 10:30am for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Ranger Led Hike to Redwood Grove

Carbon Canyon Regional Park

4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.

Brea, CA 92823

Join OC Parks’ trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile interpretive hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the trail. The hike begins at 8:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too! Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.

  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: call (714) 973-3160 or email [email protected]
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

Back Bay Drive Nature Walk

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Join a Naturalist starting at Shellmaker Island for a walk along Back Bay Drive.  There are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl, and other birds while learning about this important estuary. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am. Please call 949 923-2269 for reservations which are encouraged, and directions.  Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them.

Monthly Wildlife Walk

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

5 Riparian View

Irvine, CA 92612

Join us at 9:00am on the 1st Saturday morning of each month for an easy hour and a half wildlife walk to witness the varied interactions among plants, insects, birds, and wildlife. The walks are for everyone, young and old alike, and they’re free!

Harvest at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

Want to smell the sun-dried sweetness of summertime? Want to feel the crunch of crispy golden brown pods?  Come and refresh your senses while giving back to Nature!

Sign up to help behind the scenes at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s one-of-a-kind Native Seed Farm in Irvine!  You will be harvesting seeds from our quirky native Summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushions and Heart-leaved Beard Tongue. Tools and training with be provided, and no experience is needed.  After a quick ride to the Farm-site in an open-air safari vehicle, you will get introduced to some of our beautiful native plants, and then we’ll get to work! Event runs 9:00am – 12:o0pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Dana Point Nature Tour

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

This walk explores the ecology and natural history of the area and is approximately 2 hours.  Nature Tours occur on the first Saturday of each month.  It is a docent led tour that covers approximately 1.5 miles in distance. The walk begins at 9:00am. This walk requires RSVP to either [email protected] or (949) 248-3527, and has a maximum capacity of 10 individuals.  Please call the Nature Interpretive Center at (949) 248-3527 for more information.

Drop in and Draw

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

3321 Hyland Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92262

Held most Saturdays from 9:30am – 12:30pm. It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult.) Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Join us and let you and your children’s inner Picassos shine!

Ocean Institute Celebrates Richard Henry Dana’s 200th Birthday

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Celebrate our city’s namesake with maritime activities and birthday cake. The Pilgrim will be open on Sunday from 10am – 3pm. Activities are included with general weekend admission.

Modjeska House Tour

25151 Serrano Rd.

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds. Tour runs 10:00am – 12:00pm. Cost is $5 per person. Advance reservations required, call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations.

Guided Interpretive Hike

Irvine Regional Park

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Hike runs 10:00am – 11:00am for all ages. Hike is free but parking is $5/vehicle. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

Public Tour and Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

Public tour runs 10:00am – 12:00pm. Then join us for an animal feeding at 12:00pm. Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding, we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Feeding is free and runs 12:oopm – 1:00pm. Animal feedings open to the public occur EVERY Saturday.

Lakeshore Learning Free Craft Clinic

Your closest Lakeshore Location

Children are invited to your closest Lakeshore Learning Store for a free craft clinic from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Lakeshore will provide all the supplies. For ages 3 and up. Today’s craft is Friendship Day Keepsake.

Family Hike

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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. Hike runs 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle. Register online.

Buck Gully Reserve Upper Loop Evening Hike

Buck Gully Reserve

Newport Coast Community Center

Newport Beach, CA

Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully, for the first mile and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail.

PLEASE NOTE: Poison oak grows in abundance throughout the entire Buck Gully Reserve trail system. If you are susceptible to poison oak, please plan accordingly. Event runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Cypress Concerts on the GreenThe Springsteen Experience

Cypress Civic Center Green

5275 Orange Ave.

Cypress, CA 90630

Presented by the Cypress Recreation & Community Services Department. All concerts are free. Festival seating, picnics and lawn chairs are encouraged. Light refreshments are available for purchase. Arts and Crafts will be available for children starting at 5:30pm. Alcohol and smoking of any kind are prohibited. Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.

La Palma Concerts in the ParkThe Strolling Stones (Tribute to the Rolling Stones)

Central Park Amphitheater

7821 Walker St.

La Palma, CA 90623

The City of La Palma and the Community Activities and Beautification Committee proudly presents Concerts in the Park. This summer series of musical concerts and fun invites you to gather family and friends, bring a picnic, relax, and enjoy the music. Concert runs 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

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