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Events Happening this week in Orange County: June 15th – 21st

Saturday, June 20th 

Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. The entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking from 8 am to 2 pm. This includes the single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Registration is not required for this event. The Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp will be available for parking, but please take note that your vehicle must be removed from the Cattle Camp area by 2 pm.

Exploring Bommer: All About Kids Family Hike

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Hey kids, bring your parents out to this fun, guided hike in the wilderness south of Irvine. We’ll search for animal clues left along the trail and discover what it’s like to be a wild animal kid. This is a short, easy hike suitable for the younger members of the family. Parent(s) or guardian must be in attendance. This program occurs concurrently with the monthly Wilderness Access Day. The trails will be available for self-guided access from 8am until 2pm. This free walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am for ages 4and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Big Canyon Nature Walk

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Big Canyon Parking Lot

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy on behalf of California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs. These interpretive programs, which involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. If a particular theme is not stated, the Naturalist will discuss items of special interest encountered by the group along the way, such as a bird in breeding plumage or a rare plant that is flowering at the time. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am for ages 8 and up. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information, directions, and to RSVP.

Dana Point History Tour

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

This walk explores the history of the area and is approximately 2 hours. History Tours occur on the third Saturday of each month and have rotating themes. It is a docent led tour that covers approximately 1.5 miles in distance. 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. Event runs 9:00am – 11:30am.

Father’s Day Hike

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

28811 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Take Father’s Day out on the trail this year with a two mile hike through oak woodlands and sage scrub. Make some memories by spending time together in nature. Event is for ages 6 and up and runs 9:00am – 11:00am. Register online. Fee is $10/adult and $5/child. RMV resident free.

Harvest Wildflower Seed With Us at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm Parking Area

Irvine Ranch

Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to 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 native Spring wildflowers, like California Poppies and Arroyo Lupines. Tools and training will 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.

Children’s Bug Safaris

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Rd.

Fullerton, CA 92831

Join the Arboretum’s own “Bug Lady,” Cindy Calisher, in the garden and learn how to spot and identify many of the littler critters that inhabit our world. You will have opportunities to spot insects and other bugs! Event runs 9:30am – 10:30am. Cost is $5/person. Suggested age is 5 and up. Maximum is 30 people. Register online.

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!

Family Workshop at Coastkeeper Garden

Santiago Canyon College

8045 E Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

The 2.5 acre Coastkeeper Garden is located at Santiago Canyon College in the City of Orange. This unique, sustainable garden hosts plants from six southern California native habitats as well as drought-tolerant plants. The Master Plan incorporates six California Friendly ® vignettes (garden rooms) into “backyard” landscapes that harmonize with the native plant habitat throughout the Garden. We are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. (The entrance is on East Santiago Canyon Road between Newport Ave and Jamboree). Free parking available in a dirt lot off E. Santiago Canyon Rd.

The Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden is an area within the Coastkeeper Garden where children can enjoy nature in a controlled setting through fun and exploration. The Natural Play Garden includes:

  • Tree stump paths to navigate
  • A deer grass maze for hiding
  • Willow tree tunnels and paths
  • Rocky hill for climbing and navigating
  • Large tunnel built into a hillside
  • Sitting areas for parents

Families are invited to visit the Coastkeeper Garden on the third Saturday of each month.  Workshop begins at 10:00am. Families will explore the Garden together while discovering the diversity and importance of plants and nature.  Workshops are designed to spark creativity and learning and offer families a hands-on opportunity to experience the natural world.  Each Family Workshop focuses on a creative theme and features activities, songs, stories and a whole lot of fun! RSVP for our workshops by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the Coastkeeper Calendar page. Workshops are subject to cancellation due to poor weather.

Chili at the Beach

Main St. and Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach

This is a fun event for Father’s Day with a Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting Contest. Held on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, this event includes a marketplace with vendors featuring products and activities geared towards men’s interests and gifts for Dad, musical entertainment on 2 stages and roving street performers. In addition there will be children’s activities with kid’s games and entertainment, all benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley. Event begins at 11:00am. Attendance is free with unlimited chili and salsa tasting tickets at $10 each ($15 at the gate). See website for details.

Annual Irish Fair and Music Festival

Eldorado Park

7550 E Spring St.

Long Beach, CA 90815

The Great American Irish Fair and Music Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the Western United States. The Fair highlights 16 entertainment areas featuring the very best in the music, song, dance and sport of the Irish, along with over 100 Irish, Scottish and English import shops and arts and crafts vendors along with sheepherding shows, Irish horse shows, Irish dog shows and one of the largest Irish Step Dancing competitions in California. Event runs 10:00am – 7:00pm both Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015. See website for details and a schedule of events.

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.

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.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Beachside Chat – Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturdays, 6/6, & 6/20 from 11-2pm at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk through the tunnel or take the shuttle.) Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Ancient Volcanoes Hike – Join a park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park & explore several of the parks volcanic features on Saturday, June 20 from 1-3pm. Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park.) $15 day-use fee.

OC Model Engineers Free Public Rides

Orange County Model Engineers

Goat Hill Junction Railroad

2500 Placentia Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Public ride days are conducted on the third Saturday and following Sunday of each month from 10:00am – 3:30pm. The club has a variety of engines and riding cars.  Trains on public ride days are made up of 4 to 6 bench cars that seat 5 to 6 adults and children.  Children need to be old enough to walk (note we may have a height of 34″ requirement). Rides are free; however, donations are welcome and help keep the trains running.

A Day at the Adobe

Ramon Peralta Adobe

6398 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd.

Anaheim, CA 92807

OC Parks and the Orange County Historical Commission invite you to spend a day at the adobe on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Find out what life was like during the Rancho period when the Peralta Adobe was built in the 1870s through fun-filled activities and crafts.

There will be entertainment for the whole family, including brick making, face painting, a photo booth with background images from the adobe’s past, Rancho period music from the Slackjaw Brothers, crafts and more! Docents will be on hand at this free event to guide you through the adobe and explain what daily life was like in the Santa Ana canyon in the late 19th century. Event runs 10:30am – 1:30pm and is free.

Summer Kickoff in the Park

Murdy Community Center

7000 Norma Dr.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Enjoy a fun day with the family at Murdy Community Center! This free event features kid friendly activities such as face painting, relay races, game booths, jump houses, and maybe a fun game of freeze dance or two! Hang out at the picnic benches and enjoy a free hot dog lunch. Information about all summer programs including youth sports, aquatics, summer camps, and more will be available and the Community Center will be open for any registration needs you might have. This event could not happen without the donation of time by many community volunteers and monetary donations by local businesses. Come and spend a few hours soaking up the sun and discover how Parks Make Life Better! Event runs 11:00am – 2:00pm and is free.

Science Saturdays with ExplorOcean

ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard

600 E Bay Ave.

Newport Beach, CA 92661

ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce a new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Science Saturdays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us at noon and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program runs 12:00pm – 3:00pm and is ongoing, weather permitting. Registration is not required.

Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

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. This week the craft is Great Catch! Fishing Pole.

Kids’ Art Studio

Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Kids’ Art Studio is a new hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum. It takes place on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Children and their families create a piece of art, from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages and are presented by members of the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council. Program is free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are not required. For questions or more information, please contact Curator of Education Marinta Skupin at 949.494.8971 x201.

Family Hike – Agua Chinon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Round Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy an early evening family hike on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We hike a gradual climb of 500′ elevation of  as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower-paced gradual climb hike. Hikers should be in good health able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of early evening. This free hike runs 6:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Amazing Snakesssss

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

28241 La Paz Rd.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

In the spring, snakes emerge from their winter dens, warm themselves in the sun, and begin to wander the hills in search of prey. They will be active until the weather cools again in the late fall.  Join Steve Bledsoe of The North American Field Herping Association to see live snakes and also enjoy a presentation about our local snakes.  Bring your curiosity and your questions.  Learn to tell the venomous from non-venomous snakes.  Event runs 7:15pm – 8:45pm. Meet at the amphitheater. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2240 Sat/Sun. Parking: $5/vehicle. Register online.

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