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Saturday, November 21st

Tenth Anniversary Wilderness Access Day in Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Celebrate Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s 10th anniversary with a special Wilderness Access Day in Bommer Canyon. This event will recognize the partnership between the City of Irvine and the Conservancy over the last decade, and visitors will receive a commemorative anniversary pin and Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks keychain. In addition to exploring the many miles of Bommer Canyon trails, the Conservancy will also have a pop-up nature center.

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. Free event runs 10:00am – 11:00am for all ages. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Exploring Bommer: Life on the Ranch

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Come explore the newly renovated corral in Bommer Canyon. We’ll walk along the recently built path and discover what life was like on the ranch, when cowboys and cattle roamed the hills, and round-ups occurred in the Cattle Camp. We’ll also see what the present and future hold for this historic site in the open space. Free event runs 9:00am – 10:30am for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Exploring Nature with a Camera

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Nix Nature Center

18751 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this 2.5-mile hike with no elevation gain, to explore nature through the lens of a camera. Bring your digital camera and a tripod to capture interesting and unique lighting situations, compositions, textures and colors in the fall season. Share your ideas with other landscape photographers! Please wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes as terrain can be uneven. For ages 12 and up. 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). Online reservations required: For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Event runs 8:00am – 10:30am.

Hike to the Backside of The Sinks in Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Augustine Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Join us on this interpretive hike through the beautiful oak woodlands of Limestone Canyon. Our destination will be the strangely eroded rock formation of The Sinks. Along the way we will observe and discuss the native flora and fauna of this protected wilderness area, as well as the habitat restoration efforts currently underway.  (Net elevation gain is 600 feet.) This free event runs 9:00am – 1:30pm for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

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. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:30am. 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!

Holiday Portrait Taken at Pottery Barn Teens

Pottery Barn Teens South Coast Plaza

3333 Bear St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We teamed up with Minted to make your holiday merry, bright and a little bit easier. Have an exclusive holiday portrait taken in-store to create a unique family holiday card or a custom photo gift at Plus, first time Minted customers will receive 20% off their order. RSVP to guarantee your portrait time and avoid waiting in line. Walk-ins also welcome. Portrait times are 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 6:00pm.

Family Workshop at Coastkeeper Garden – Fall Vegetables

Santiago Canyon College

8045 E Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

Did you know? Kids are more likely to eat and enjoy these vitamin packed plants when they have grown and harvested them themselves. Join us at the Coastkeeper Garden to learn all about planting delicious fall veggies. 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.

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

Just B Kause 1st Annual Fall Festival

William R. Mason Regional Park

18712 University Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

Please join us for a wonderful, magical, creative, and exciting time! Just B Kause is having its very first “Fall Festival”. You won’t want to miss out on this fun-filled day and the best part is 100% of the proceeds benefit local programs in your community.

This year’s Fall Festival will be supporting; HB-Helping Hands and Howdy’s Homeless Helpers. There will be the following attractions;

  • Blow up Mazes
  • Bounce houses
  • Carnival games
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Face Painting
  • Crazy hair booths
  • Cotton Candy and popcorn

Also, if you bring an unwrapped toy or Non-Perishable food item you will get one FREE entry into the raffle.

Please email us to RSVP for the Fall Festival as spots are limited. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be purchased ahead of time by pre-registering. We thank you all in advance and can’t wait to enjoy a day full of fun with you and your family. Please come show your support for your community! Admission is free, tickets are $1.00 each, pre-register for discount tickets. Event runs 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Irvine Ranch Heritage Day

Irvine Ranch Historic Park

13042 Old Myford Rd.

Irvine, CA 92602

Come join OC Parks for the official opening of Irvine Ranch Historic Park! Six historic structures were recently fully restored. Learn about the historic significance of these buildings and what a day at the ranch would have been like 100 years ago. The family-friendly day will feature crafts, live music, historic interpretive stations, a petting zoo, photo booth and park tours. Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This is a free event. Food trucks will be on-site. Parking will be available next door at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 51 Market Place, Irvine. Event runs 10:00am – 2:00pm.

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.

Explore the Bay Family Hike

Peter & Mary Muth Center

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

An easy for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy the trails around it.  The Hike will last approximately one hour-dependent on weather and will be on both paved and dirt trails with some stairs.  No formal program, but we will talk about whatever we discover along the way.  Bring sun protection and water.  We will meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center. No fee or reservations required, but recommended for groups greater than four people. Call 949-923-2290 or email [email protected] to register groups. No pets, please. Event runs 10:30am – 11:30am.

ExplorOcean Science Saturday


600 E Bay Ave.

Newport Beach, CA 92661

At ExplorOcean we have designed learning experiences that will ignite the explorer within. Our galleries are loaded with hands-on experiences grounded in the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy. We proudly present the nation’s first Ocean Literacy Center, our esteemed ship collection in the Steele Model Pavilion, and a playground of tools and toys to tinker with in our Innovation Lab.

Science Saturday offers hands-on activities in the Courtyard and Innovation Lab! Event runs 12:00pm – 3:00pm every Saturday and is free. Admission is required to tour the Ocean Literacy Center (Adult $5, Youth 4-12 $3, Children 3 and under Free).

Marcie Rinka Wessels’ Pirate Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

Join author Marcie Wessels for a Pirate Party, as she reads her new book, Pirate’s Lullaby–complete with spyglasses and maps for the little scaliwags. We’ll have storytime with crafts for the wee mutiners, and they can even walk the plank! Marcie will gladly sign any copies of Pirate’s Lullaby that you purchase at the event! This is the perfect event for any pirate-loving kid. No cost. Ages 3+ RSVP requested. Event runs 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Animal Feeding

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA  92649

Our weekly animal feeding is at 12:00pm. 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 Give Thanks! Centerpiece.

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Hike

Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area

Lifeguard Tower #7 at Little Corona Beach

Newport Beach CA

Join the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach on a moderate 1.3 mile low-tide hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.  Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and be prepared to get a little wet!  Hikes are depended on weather and surf conditions and participants must be 13 years and older.  For any questions, please contact: [email protected]. Free hike runs 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Family Hike – Autumn is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Saturday November 21 & Sunday, November 29 at 9am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) $15 day-use fee.

Coastal Geology Walk – Crystal Cove State Park is hosting a geology tour along the coastal section of the park on Saturday, November 21 from 1-3pm. Visit several diverse and geologically outstanding sites which all display a story from a different geologic time. Meet at Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”). Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

Full Moon Hike: Black Star

Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park

Black Star Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Enjoy a full moon hike in Black Star Canyon on Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. We will travel at an easy pace, allowing time to enjoy our surrounding sights and sounds. This program is for participants who would enjoy a slower paced hike, are in good health and can walk on uneven surfaces in a wilderness environment. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells along with the full moon. Free event runs 5:00pm – 7:00pm for ages 8 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Thankfull of Fun Parents Night Out

Environmental Nature Center

1601 E 16th St.

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Join us as the sun goes down for dinner around the campfire and games in the nature center while parents hit the town, all for less than the cost of a sitter and WAY MORE FUN! Together we will eat dinner, learn about campfire safety and build a campfire to roast s’mores.  We will play games in the center and end the night in the museum watching a movie on the big screen! Event runs 5:30pm – 11:00pm. Ages: 7 and up cost: $35 per child – $30 for siblings, members or kids that attended Summer Nature Camp 2015. Cancellation: Any time up to 2 weeks before the program: $5 processing fee, balance refunded. 1-2 weeks notice: 50% refund. Less than 1 week notice: NO REFUND. Register online.

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