Events for Tykes, Bikes and Hikes | OC Parks | Month of May

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MAY 2024 FEATURED EVENTS

May 1 – Adaptation Spotlight: Butterfly Wings

3 – 4 p.m. | Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join OC Parks naturalists as we learn about butterflies! Go for a short hike to look

for butterflies and take an up-close look at the wings of butterflies. This program

is for ages 7 and older. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection and bring

water. Advance registration required. The program is free and parking is $3 per

vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 3, 10, 17 & 24 – Toddler Treks

10 – 11 a.m. | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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 from 10-

10:45 a.m. 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 to 5, but all are welcome to attend.

Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration

required.

Registration: letsgooutside.org/activities

May 3 – Animal Art I Preschool Program

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. | OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park

This program is for ages 3 to 4 only. Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts

and meeting zoo creatures up close! Cost is $5 per child (one parent included).

Parent must accompany child for entire program. Phone registration is required.

Parking is $3 per vehicle on weekdays.

Registration: Call (714) 973-6846

May 3 – Sounds of the Evening

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Join OC Parks naturalists on an evening walk where we will enjoy the sounds of

nature. The sounds of an ecosystem can tell us a lot about its ecology if we listen

close enough, so come enjoy a stroll along Mary’s Trail as we listen to what

nature has to say. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection and bring water.

Advance registration required. The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 4 – Wilderness Access Day: Black Star Canyon

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park

Black Star Canyon, part of OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space, offers pleasant

introductory trails for beginner hikers and families as well as challenging

experiences for seasoned trail users. Designated trails are available for self-

guided hiking, biking and equestrian use. A variety of trail loops offer extended

exploration throughout the canyons. Take time to explore the local plant

communities and beautiful scenery in easy 30-minute walks or take in 7+ miles

on a strong cardio trek.

More information: letsgooutside.org/activities

May 4 – Annual Rancho Days Fiesta

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Heritage Hill Historical Park

Come explore the rich history of Orange County's rancho era through hands-on

activities, crafts, music, dance and more! Activities and performances include

Native American and Folklorico dancing, early California ranching hands-on

activities and exhibitors, music, piñata breaking and crafts for children, charro

horse riding and roping demonstrations, historic building tours courtesy of the

Amigos de la Colina docents and more. Pets are welcome outdoors only on

leashes no longer than 6 feet. Event and parking are free.

More information: ocparks.com/events

May 8 – Biking the Bay

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Join OC Parks for an interpretive bike ride around Upper Newport Bay! Get your

heart rate up and pedal around the Bay, all while learning about local ecology

and history. Participants must bring their own bike. Advance registration required.

Registration: letsgooutside.org/activities

May 9 – Little Explorers: Rocks!

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

The program is for ages 3 to 6 only. Join OC Park naturalists for story time and a

short hike with your little ones (ages 3 to 6) as we explore the Willow Staging

Area in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Our theme of the month is rocks! We will

explore how rocks come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colors. Please

wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection and bring water. Advance registration

required. Please register all participants, including children. The program is free

and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 11 – 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. Rain or inclement weather will cancel the program.

Advance registration required.

Registration: letsgooutside.org/activities

May 11 – Backyard Bugs

9 – 10:30 a.m. | Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth and make up 80% of all

known species. There are more varieties of bugs than all other types of animals

combined! Join us on a family-friendly trek around Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park to learn all about these amazing animals who have perfected

the art of ecological specialization. Insects may have a reputation for being icky,

but they're essential pollinators needed to sustain life on our planet. Minors ages

16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Please wear

closed-toe shoes and bring snacks and water. Advance registration required. The

program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 15 – Preschool Paleontology: Art & Storytime

10 – 11 a.m. | Ralph B. Clark Regional Park

Listen to a story about ice age animals, make a craft and enjoy a morning at

Clark Park. Activities are designed for ages 2 to 5, but all are welcome. Space is

limited; parents must register themselves and each child. Minors under 16 must

be accompanied by a guardian at all times. The program is free and parking is $3

per vehicle.

Registration: letsgooutside.org/activities

May 17 – 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.

The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 17 – Nature Creativity: Resin Flower Coaster

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.| Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Nature can inspire creativity in all of us. In this program, learn to identify

wildflowers, discover why scientists press flowers and make your own pressed

flower coaster out of resin to take home with you! This program is designed for

ages 12 and older and participants should wear closed-toe shoes, sun protection

and bring water. Advance registration required. The program is free and parking

is $3 per vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 17 – Phone Photo Friday

2 – 4 p.m. | Peters Canyon Regional Park

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the camera you carry with you every

day, join us for a beginner’s program to taking better photos with your cell phone.

Each session will cover photography theory basics, phone camera settings and

editing techniques, with time to practice in the park. Be prepared to hike and

explore the landscape at your leisure. Sun protection, sturdy footwear and water

are encouraged. The program is free and parking is $3 per vehicle. Walk-ins are

welcome, but registration is preferred.

More information: ocparks.com/events

May 18 – Modjeska’s Spring Open House

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens

Join OC Parks at the annual spring open house at Arden: Helena Modjeska

Historic House and Gardens! Enjoy Shakespearean performances by the

Modjeska Shakespeare Players, live music performances by The Orange Town

Revival and docent-led tours of the iconic home and grounds. You can even taste

one of the famous caramel and marshmallow Modjeska candies! The event is

free with free parking, but reservations are required due to limited parking on-

site.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 22 – Magnificent Mammals Preschool Program

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. | OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park

This program is for ages 3 to 4 only. Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts,

and meeting zoo creatures up close! Cost is $5 per child (one parent included).

Parent must accompany child for entire program. Phone registration is required.

Parking is $3 per vehicle on weekdays.

Registration: Call (714) 973 6846

May 23 – Parks After Dark

8 – 10 p.m. | Santiago Oaks Regional Park

We love the nightlife! Explore the landscape of Santiago Oaks Regional Park as

we set out to search for the nighttime critters that call the park home. From

humble toads to graceful owls, you never know what you’ll see! Dress in layers,

wear study footwear and bring water. Advance registration required. The program

is free and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Registration: letsgooutside.org/activities

May 25 – Bird Walk

8 – 11 a.m. | Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

This program is for ages 12 and older (minors under 18 must be accompanied by

an adult). Spot local native and migratory birds on this 2-mile hike over moderate

and uneven terrain with up to 50 feet of elevation gain to Barbara's Lake and

back through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No

experience necessary. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars.

Advanced registration required. The program is free and parking is $3 per

vehicle.

Registration: ocparks.com/events

May 30 – Down on the Farm Preschool Program

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. | OC Zoo at Irvine Regional Park

This program is for ages 3 to 4 only. Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts,

and meeting zoo creatures up close! Cost is $5 per child (one parent included).

Parent must accompany child for entire program. Phone registration is required.

Parking fee is $3 per vehicle on weekdays.

Registration: Call (714) 973-6846

Visit OCParks.com/events to view the entire calendar of upcoming programs and

activities. Please contact Brandon Gamez at brandon@theaceagency.com with

interest in previewing or covering any events this May. Media, photographers,

and cameras are welcome with prior approval.

OC Parks

OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities

and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.

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