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Events Happening in Orange County: February 23rd – March 1st

Saturday, February 28th

Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

28373 Alicia Pkwy

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as its previous inhabitants – the native Acjachemen people. Earn a Ranger Badge for being an accomplice on the journey. For ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections. Ride runs 8:30am – 10:30am. Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle. Register online.

Irvine Lake View Hike

Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

Lot 15 – Irvine Regional Park

Irvine Ranch

Join us to see beautiful views of Irvine Lake and Fremont Canyon. We will be hiking out and back on the east side of Fremont Canyon via fire roads. We hope to see wildflowers in bloom (assuming rain), and get good workout at same time. Distance is about 7 miles with some steep grades and little or no shade. Pace will be moderate. This free program is suitable for children age 12 and up. Program runs 8:30am – 1:30pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Dig In! Plant with us at the Native Seed Farm

Native Seed Farm

Irvine Ranch Conservancey Office

Irvine Ranch

Want to smell things growing and stick your hands into cool, moist earth? Want to have fun 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 helping us expand the Farm’s impact by planting new plants into our growing fields, and weeding to protect them while they grow. 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 wildflowers, and then we’ll dig in!

Planting and weeding is easy and on relatively level ground, but it requires bending and/or kneeling.  Children 8 years and older are heartily welcome, but please be mindful that some parts of our work day require sustained focus and fine motor skills. Those with allergies, please note: because the Farm has flowers, bees are likely present. This time of year has the fewest, but some may be in or near our work area. Event runs 9:00am – 12:o0pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Beginning Archery Class

Miles Square Regional Park

16801 Euclid St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Join Park Rangers and Volunteers for an introductory archery class at the brand new archery range at Mile Square Regional Park. This one hour class will introduce participants to basics of the exciting sport or archery. Class runs 9:00am – 10:00am. The class is free, parking is $5 per vehicle. Equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Pre-registration is required. Click Here to Register.

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!

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, February 7, 14, & 28 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).

3-Mile Hike into Moro Canyon – Enjoy a guided 3-mile hike into Moro Canyon on Saturday, February 28 at 9am and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the flagpole at the Moro Ranger Station (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the Ranger Station.)  $15 day-use fee.

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.

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.

Lakeshore Learning

Your closest Lakeshore Location

Free Craft Clinic – 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 project is Hats Off Pencil Holder.

Irvine Park Railroad California History Education Program Public Day

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

Participate in one of Orange County’s most educational and fun field trips! This program – created by teachers, for teachers – meets curriculum requirements for 4th grade history/social science content standards for California state public schools. During the field trip, children and parents can go back in time and experience the life of a miner, the history of California, the routes people used to travel to get to California and more. Event begins at 1:00pm. Price:  $14.00 per person (children and adults). Regular train tickets, coupons, special promotions, and other discounts are not available for this program. Picnic tables are available for those that would like to enjoy lunch at Irvine Park Railroad. Lunch may be purchased from the snack bar or you may bring a sack lunch. Call Irvine Park Railroad today at (714) 997-3968 for reservations. Reservations must be paid for in full at the time of booking and space is limited.

Family Hike – Agua Chinon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Agua Chinon 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 program is suitable for children age 8 and up. Program runs 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Discounted Late Night at Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA  90802

Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific with special extended hours.

The entire Aquarium will be open, except Lorikeet Forest. Admission after 5:00 p.m. is just $14.95 for adults and seniors, and children (3-11). Watch the nighttime activities of our animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the Aquarium’s architecture. Please note that Café Scuba may not be open on all nights but the Coffee Cart will be open in those cases.

Campfire Program

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly. Cost: Free. Parking: $5 per vehicle. All ages welcome.

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