Tons of Fun Events at OC Parks | Multiple Locations | The month of February
FEBRUARY 2024 FEATURED EVENTS
- February 2, 9, 16 & 23 – Toddler Treks 10 – 10:45 a.m. | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserv
Spending time outside is one of the best ways to nurture curiosity and instill a
love of the natural world. Bring your young ones and join OC Parks staff to learn
all about Upper Newport Bay. Toddler Treks is offered every Friday and includes
a story time, age-appropriate hike and themed craft. Each week will focus on a
different topic that encourages young ones to learn about the outdoors. The
program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content
is tailored for ages 2-5, but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable
attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration required.
- February 3 – Keep it Wild: Aliso and Wood Canyons
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers to create a healthier
habitat for native plants and wildlife at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.
Volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities including removing non-
native plants, creek clean-up or planting native plants. No experience necessary
and tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and sun
protection and bring water. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Ages 16
and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Advance
registration required. Parking is free.
- February 9 & 17 – Guided Mindful Nature Walk
9 – 11 a.m. | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Join OC Parks staff and volunteers to observe the sights, sounds and smells of
nature during an intimate nature walk led by a certified Nature and Forest
Therapy Guide. Through a series of invitations, you will be encouraged to explore
in the present moment and deepen your connection with nature. Experience the
benefits of spending time outdoors in a mindful way during a lovely morning at
Upper Newport Bay. Please note this is a slow-paced program that is designed
for ages 16 and older. Advance registration required.
- February 10 – Native Garden Restoration
8 – 10 a.m. | Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
Join our efforts to remove invasive mustard and water native plants as we work
toward restoring healthy habitat areas at Clark Regional Park. This activity will
meet at the south side of parking lot A near the bridge. No experience necessary
and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun
protection and bring water. Minors age 16 and younger must have a legal
guardian present at all times. Walk-ins are welcome, however advance
registration is recommended.
- February 10 – Paint & (Bring Your Own) Wine Nite: Love in the Wild
5 – 6:30 p.m. | OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park
This program is for adults 21 and older only. Are you looking for a great date idea
of a fun time with friends? Join us after hours at the OC Zoo for an evening of
creative fun! Learn about courtship and mating in the animal world in this
Valentine-themed program. You’ll also meet zoo animals up close! Bring your
own wine and glass to enjoy during the program. We kindly ask that you please
drink responsibly. Enjoy paining and potting two mini animal succulent planters.
All art materials are supplied. This program is free and phone registration is
required. Parking is $5 per vehicle on weekends.
Registration: Call (714) 973-6846
- February 10 & 24 – Wilderness Access Day: Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Gypsum Canyon Wilderness
Come explore OC Parks’ newest trails at Gypsum Canyon Wilderness through
this self-guided opportunity. Located within OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space,
Gypsum Canyon Wilderness features 6 miles of new trails for hiking, mountain
biking and horseback riding. Two lookout points offer sweeping views of the
surrounding canyons and unique prehistoric rock formations, while seven new
trails provide multiple loop options that vary in distance and range from easy to
moderate in difficulty. Gypsum Canyon Wilderness is comprised of protected and
preserved native habitats that a variety of wildlife, including mule deer, red-tailed
hawks, California gnatcatchers and bobcats, call home. Advance registration
- February 11 – Second Sunday Restoration
9 – 11:30 a.m. | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and volunteers in enhancing the
Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal,
planting natives, watering, trash cleanup, and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No
experience necessary! Please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks and a refillable
water bottle. Water and tools are provided. Walk-ins are welcome but space is
limited so advance registration is recommended.
- February 14 – Critter Investigation: Loving Barn Owls
10 – 11 a.m. | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
OC Parks invites you to learn more about one of our common nocturnal animals:
the loving barn owl. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about
these amazing creatures, as well as how barn owls care for their young. This fun
and engaging program includes a story time, age-appropriate hike and themed
craft. The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.
Program content is tailored for the preschool level (ages 2-5), but all are welcome
to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance
- February 15 – Little Explorers
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | William R. Mason Regional Park
Join OC Park Naturalists for story time and a short hike with your little ones at
Mason Regional Park. Our theme for this month is animal homes! This program
is geared towards ages 3-6 but all are welcome. Minors under age 16 must be
accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. This program begins near the
lake, closest to parking lot C. Advance registration required.
- February 16 – Tot Walk
9 – 10:30 a.m. | Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Join OC Parks naturalists and bring your young ones (infant to age 3) to explore
Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and the creek.
We will see bugs, plants and birds while exploring! OC Parks staff may even lead
a game or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun! This
program begins at the Aliso and Wood Visitor Center at Aliso and Wood Canyons
Wilderness Park. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and water.
Please note most of the trail is not stroller friendly. Advance registration required.
- February 17 - Wilderness Access Day: Saddleback Wilderness
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Saddleback Wilderness
Come explore 3.3 miles of new trails at Saddleback Wilderness, part of OC
Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, through this self-guided opportunity.
Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use.
There are multiple trail loop options which vary in distance and level of difficulty.
Choices range from an easy 1-mile loop to multiple figure-8 configurations for
those looking to maximize their mileage. Access is first come, first served until
parking capacity is reached. No registration required. Rain or inclement weather
will cancel the program.
More Information: letsgooutside.org/activities
- February 17 – Ocean Odyssey for Ages 7-10
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park
This program is for ages 7-10 only. Come learn about animals found in the sea!
Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo creatures up close!
Cost is $5 per child (one parent included). Phone registration is required. Parking
fee is $5 per car on weekends.
Registration: Call (714) 973-6846
Visit OCParks.com/events to view the entire calendar of upcoming programs and
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