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

Sunday, March 1st

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Guided Tidepool Walk to Reef Point – Enjoy a -0.3 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Reef Point on Sunday, March 1 at 12:00pm. A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Reef Point parking lot near the restroom (PCH coastward at stoplight Reef Point). $15 day-use fee.

Sunset Beach and Bluff Walk – Walk along the beautiful bluffs at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, March 1 at 3:30pm with a volunteer park naturalist through the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community, one of the rarest, and most threatened in the world. Enjoy the bluff top trail and then the beach arriving back at the parking lot as the sun dips into the ocean. Wear sunscreen, a hat and sandals or shoes that will be comfortable both on pavement and sand. Bring a light jacket, plenty of water, a snack, and don’t forget your camera! Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day-use fee.

Ranger Led Nature Hike

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. Hike runs 8:00am – 9:00am. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike.

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Wildflower Walk

The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

28811 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Local wildflower expert Bob Allen will lead an exploration of The Reserve looking for early wildflowers like the Padre Shooting Star. Learn to identify blooms and savor the smells, sights, sounds and breathtaking beauty of late winter. Program runs 8:30am – 11:30am for ages 8 and up. Admission is $10 Adult, $5 Child. Must RSVP online.

Birding Basics

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Explore the diverse bird populations of Upper Newport Bay with naturalists. From seasonal migratory species to year round residents, birders of all ages will enjoy a morning outdoors on these informative, yet fun filled walks. Event runs 9:00am – 11:00am. Meet at the “Constellation Street” park entrance. Pre-registration is required- call 949-923-2275 or email [email protected].

Explore California Native Plant Life on the Trail to Barbara’s Lake

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Nix Nature Center

18751 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Join us on a wonderful morning walk to Orange County’s only natural lake while learning about our native California plant life. This easy 2-mile leisurely hike will be led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.  Event runs 9:00am – 11:30am. Ages 8 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). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle. Register online.

Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) Community Day

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Come explore the buildings and surroundings of the BBSC!   Event occurs every Sunday and runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Talk to the City of Newport Beach staff and volunteers about ongoing research, education, & restoration projects. Get your fingers wet in our tide pool touch tank, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, and do some bird watching. The Science Center is located just off of Back Bay Drive on Shellmaker Island (600 Shellmaker Rd). This program is free and no reservations are required.

Free Kids Fishing Clinic

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern St.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Every Sunday! 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Free clinic held dockside. No reservations needed.

Every Sunday! 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Free fishing trip. Rental gear included. Reservations required as space is limited. One free child per paying adult.

Science Sundays with ExplorOcean

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA  92660

ExplorOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Sundays at the Back Bay. 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. Program runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Science Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us at ten and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting.

On Sundays, follow ExplorOcean volunteers to the Back Bay Science Center to participate in their Community Day Program, hosted by the City of Newport Beach.

The OC Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Farmer’s Market – Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Market runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free parking and admission.

Story Time In The Garden – A fun-filled enchanting hour of food related stories, songs, games and activities designed to help kids build a strong language, literacy and life-long healthy eating habits. The garden setting stimulates curiosity and imagination, and enables participants to make personal connections with the stories by seeing firsthand how fruits and vegetables are grown. Event runs 10:00am – 11:00am. Story Time is offered the 1st Sunday of every month. Ages 3-8. In collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sister. Gently used book donations to the little free library are encouraged.

Making Memories for Children: With Musician Craig Newton

Newport Beach Library

Central Library Friends Room

1000 Avocado Ave.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Craig Newton will guide participants in an exploration of the ways that instruments make sounds and music.  Then the audience will work together to write a simple song and record it.  Volunteers will help to play a couple of instruments and everyone will help out with the vocal part of the song. Admission FREE. Suggested donation $10 at the door. Refreshments available. No advance reservations, space limited. Seating first-come, first-served. For information, call 949.548.2411. Event runs 2 – 3:30pm.

Writers Present Jane O’Connor & Robin Priess Glasser

Mission Viejo City Hall

200 Civic Center

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Join Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, author and illustrator of the “Fancy Nancy” series, as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of their award-winning series! This is the first time O’Connor and Glasser will appear in Mission Viejo together to discuss their series, which centers on the little girl with curls as wild as her imagination, who looks at a perfectly average world and sees nothing but glamour. Books will be available for purchase at the event and buying books during Writers Present is a great way for the public to support the author events and keep them free. Event runs 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

To reserve your seat for this anniversary celebration register online, email [email protected], or call the Children’s Desk at 949-830-7100 ext. 5107. Please include your name, email address and number of people attending.

Agua Chinon Evening Hike

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Portola – Agua Chinon Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Come out and enjoy the evening with us on the lower section of the Agua Chinon trail. This trail meanders along a dry wash, at the bottom of a beautiful sage scrub covered canyon and below the Sinks formation, providing a glimpse into a beautiful riparian area along the northern edge of the Irvine city limits. The three to four mile out and back route has some elevation gain on the way out, but the hike is done at a moderate pace. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike is not suitable for children under 10. Program runs 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.




Reminder – Always call or check the website to confirm time and place — and to ensure these events are not cancelled due to rain or some other circumstance.  

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