July 21, 2018
6:30 AMAdvanced Trail Run in Limestone
  • Join us for a strenuous, extremely challenging, fast-paced, early morning trail run in Limestone Canyon. Along the way we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Orange County and possible wildlife sightings. We will start running along a paved road to East Loma dirt trail then on to Box Springs and into Limestone Canyon. This approximately 8 mile run is completed an 1 hour and 45 minutes, includes a 1000 foot elevation change. This hike and run is for experienced, physically fit run/hikers who enjoy the challenge of multiple steep climbs and descents.
  • There is one scheduled rest stop on this approximately 8 mile run and the averaging 11 minute per mile fast-paced and is extremely difficult over steep terrain in the wilderness setting.
  • Reviewing the 1-through-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this level-5 activity on the land.
  • Please bring a minimum of 100 oz. water and trail snacks. Come prepared with a pack, sturdy closed toed running shoes, sunscreen, first aid, and all other supplies to keep you safe and healthy on the trail for this fast-paced run in a wilderness area. Each participant must carry his or her own pack and water. Under-prepared participants may be denied access to this program.
July 21, 2018
8:30 AMIt’s Harvest Time! Collect Wildflower Seeds at the Native Seed Farm
  • Want to stand knee-deep in rows of blooming color? Want to refresh your senses while giving back to Nature?
  • Then 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 quirky native summer wildflowers, like Yellow Pincushion and California Wishbone Bush. Absolutely no experience or special equipment required!
  • Please note our Minors Policy as noted on the letsgooutside.org website: All minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy led program they wish to attend.
  • Reviewing the 1-5 Difficulty Ratings will help you evaluate your readiness to participate in this Level 1 activity.
  • The seed you will pick has a direct impact on our local wildlife. It will be used out in the wild to re-grow animal habitat within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. The types you’ll help us harvest were specially selected by our Ecologists to provide animals with food and shelter, and also to buffer the negative impacts of floods and wildfires, which affect people too.
  • Come help us harness the special traits of these plants to heal the wildland within the Landmarks! When you sign up, check the confirmation email to see tips on how to be prepared for your morning with us.
view archive »

Latest News

News ImageJune 13, 2018  Courthouse Presents Exhibit on Fire and RecoveryThe Old Orange County Courthouse will host the exhibit On the Edge of Flames – Fire and Recovery at Orange County Parks from June 11 to Oct. 12, 2018.

With a special focus on Canyon Fire 2 from 2017, the displays show how fire has affected the land, the response during and directly after a fire, and how OC Parks and other partners help the land recover.

This exhibit features photos of historic fires, before and after pictures of fire and recovery, trail camera footage and a compilation video of Canyon Fires 1 and 2 from Orange County Fire Authority, firefighting tools and materials, and information on how to prepare for wildfires.
June 8, 2018  Portions of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park to Reopen Saturday

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is scheduled to reopen Saturday morning, June 9. Trails damaged in the June 2 Aliso Fire will remain closed. Laguna Niguel Regional Park reopened Friday morning.

The following trails will remain closed until further notice for fire recovery: Nature Loop, Dripping Cave and Coyote Run (south of Rock-It).


Please help your park recover by staying on designated trails and honoring trail closures. For public safety, please let park staff know of any off-trail use at 949-923-2200.

Trespassers in closed areas are subject to citation (OCCO 2-5-46). ( View PDF )

June 4, 2018  Aliso Fire Closures

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and Laguna Niguel Regional Park are closed until further notice due to the Aliso Fire.

The Aliso Fire ignited June 2, 2018 and burned approximately 178 acres of sensitive habitat inside Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The park remains closed while fire crews continue suppression efforts.

Fire crews continue to stage at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. That park is expected to remain closed through the end of the week.

April 18, 2018  2018 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 21 – August 23 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music with friends and family under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

The concert series kicks off with Donavon Frankenreiter on June 21, followed by popular local and national artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Stone Soul, Flashback Heart Attack, Hollywood U2 and Topcat, The English Beat, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, The Fenians, Matt Costa, Tijuana Dogs and Family Style, with more artists still to be announced.

( View PDF )