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Weekly Events Happening in Orange County: April 6th – April 12th

Saturday, April 11th

Beginning Birding: Why Birds Matter

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Round Staging Area

Irvine Ranch, CA

For a bird watcher, every walk is filled with anticipation. Birds are everywhere and provide one of the most exciting ways to connect with nature. Whether you see them out in the open space or in your backyard, birds can bring wonder, beauty and song to your world. Come join us on a leisurely walk and learn how to develop your birding skills as well as gain an understanding of why birds matter in our world. This free program runs 8:00am – 11:00pm for ages 12 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

California Native Plants & Wildflowers Hike

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain. Hike runs 8:30am – 11:30am. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; 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.

Wildlife Walk: Tracks

Yorba Regional Park

7600 E La Palma

Anaheim, CA 92807

Although we may not always see the animals that live in the park, they will often leave behind evidence. Join us on a walk to search for animal tracks. We will learn about identifying some native animal tracks, discuss other types of possible animal evidence, and make track rubbings that everyone can take home with them. Walk runs 9:00am – 10:00am. Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle. Special Instructions: The program is ideal for kids ages 5-10, however, everyone is welcome! This event will be outside. Please bring water and dress accordingly. Email [email protected] to register. Please include your name, phone number, number of participants in your group, and ages of participant(s) in your email. For more information, please visit:

Morning Fitness Hike

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Peter and Mary Interpretive Center

2301 University Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff. Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center, please meet on the patio at 8:45am. Event runs 9:00am – 10:30am. Restrooms and water fountain are available. The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces. This hike explores the uplands area of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home. Minimal interpretation, but questions are welcomed. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email [email protected] or call 949-923-2275 to register.

Whale Walk and Talk

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

34558 Scenic Dr.

Dana Point, CA 92629

From the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, we see many different species of whale and dolphin! Come learn about our largest animal visitors on an approximately 1.5 mile walk through the Dana Point Headlands conservation area. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am. Bring your binoculars (or use ours!) and learn migration patterns of different whale species that frequent the area, as well as how to best spot, watch, and identify whales. This event is not offered during OCT/NOV because there aren’t very many whales here then.

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.

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!

We Are Earth Day Festival

The Ecology Center

32701 Alipaz St.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Celebrate Earth Day with The Ecology Center at our annual community festival with free tacos, live outdoor music, teepee building, farm animals, eco-activities and so much more! Event runs 10:00am – 4:00pm. Tickets $3. Bring your family and friends (human and furry) for a full day of eco-friendly fun:

  • Listen to live folk & funk bands!
  • Enjoy free Chipotle tacos plus other yummy goods
  • Get hands-on with creative crafts
  • Spring into gardening at our seedlings sale
  • Play with a flock of friendly chickens
  • Make seed pots & seed balls
  • Build your own teepee with natural materials
  • Get cozy on a picnic blanket in our lush garden
  • Check out Dr. Bronner’s Magic Fire Truck
  • Pledge to make every day Earth Day!

Mariachis at the Mission

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Enjoy live mariachi music in the historic Mission from the talented performers of Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. They perform the second Saturday of the each month 10:00am – 11:15am.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s Earth Day Festival

3842 Warner Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival is a fun way to get outside and learn about the environment with the whole family! This fun and educational festival is a treat for the whole family! Visitors will have the opportunity to touch a live snake, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test the water, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths the festival will also include a jump tent, food sales, and guided tours of the reserve! Entry to event is free! Festival runs 10:00am – 3:00pm. Public Parking is across the street from the Interpretive Center

Parenting with Love and Logic (Parenting Series: Empowering the Parent)

Placentia Library

Community Meeting Room

411 East Chapman Ave.

Placentia, CA 92870

A cornerstone to parenting with love and logic is the concept of empathy with consequences. In this workshop, we will explore how to let natural consequences do the teaching so parents can focus on follow through and support. Along with instruction, there will be an interactive portion to give parents an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned before trying it at home. Class runs 10:00am – 11:30am and is free.

New Earth Drumming Workshop (For All Ages)

Center for Living Peace

4139 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

Celebrate the spirit of drumming with family and friends! Drumming is an effective and proven modality that uses vibrational sound to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace, well-being and better health. Drumming instructor, Alejandro, creates a joyous and exciting rhythmic interplay between participants of all ages and levels. Drums will be provided or bring your own drum, rattle or instrument. No prior musical experience necessary! Open to all ages. Event runs 10:o0am – 11:00am. Program is free but a donation of $5-$10 gratefully accepted. Register online.

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

Guided Tidepool Walk to Pelican Point – Enjoy a 0.4 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, April 11 at 10am.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  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.

Photography Walk – Learn how to take iconic pictures of some typical sites at Crystal Cove State Park including the tunnel, cottages, waves, reflections, rocks and the sunset and practice camera setups and creative shooting techniques on a docent led Photography Walk on Saturday, April 11 from 5:30pm until sunset.  Meet at the Los Trancos lot at the trailer (PCH turn inland at stoplight “Los Trancos”).  Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15).

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 Sunny Days Birdhouse.

Once Upon a Storybook New Chapters Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

This storytime is for chapter book readers who would like to be introduced to new stories.  Miss Susie the Storylady will read a couple of chapters of at least two books to give you a flavor of what’s out there.  Bring a pillow pet or a friend to lie on 🙂 Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!  Targeted to ages 8-12. This storytime occurs the 2nd Saturday of each month at 2:00pm.

Family Hike – Round Canyon

Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Portola – Round Staging Area

Irvine Ranch, CA

Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. We hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells of the early evening. This free program runs 4:00pm – 6:00pm for ages 6 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

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. Program runs 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Topics may vary weekly. Cost: Free. Parking: $5 per vehicle. All ages welcome.

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