Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Family Outdoor Fun! Check Out Your Local OC Activities for May! @OCParks #Hiking #Family #Bicycling #PokerRide



Looking for good outdoor fun for the whole family?  The Orange County Park System has a little for everyone!  Check out this months Family Activities!


May 18 – SHARE Mountain Bike Club Poker Ride    8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  The SHARE Mountain Bike Poker Ride is a very fun event that has been held annually for over 15 years. The event raises money to sponsor trail work and wilderness restoration projects throughout Orange County.  There will be a great post ride raffle, lunch and beverages. Be part of the fun! Ride hard, get dirty, win prizes, and meet new friends!  Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869 

Website: http://ocparks.com/santiagooaks/ Cost: $25 per rider Contact: (714) 973-6620 

Special Instructions: Info and registration: http://sharemtb.com/2013/02/17/2013-shareimba-poker-ride-santiago-oaks-regional-park-may-18/  

May 18 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day  8 – 11 a.m.  Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/ Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers  Contact: (949) 923-2235 Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online:
 
www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (east side of
Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road).
 
May 19 – Restoration Day   8 – 11 a.m.  Help maintain the park you love by volunteering to help remove non-native brush for fire suppression and re-vegetation of native plantings. Please wear jeans and durable shoes/boots. Park will provide tools, gloves, and water. Bring sunscreen, hats, and snacks.  Location: Peters Canyon Regional Park. 8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
 
Website: http://ocparks.com/peterscanyon/ Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle  Contact: (714) 973-6611 Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 16 and up. Minors must be accompanies by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome. Call (714) 973-6611 for group registration.
 
Click link for online waivers - http://ocparksforms.com/.  
 
May 19 – Laguna Niguel Bird Walk   8 – 11:30 a.m.  Join Garett Lepper for a morning of birding. This is a new area for our alternate third Sunday bird walks and there will be new birding areas to explore. This park attracts a wide variety of birds due to the landscaped park vegetation and the availability of water. We will look for resident birds, as well as fall and wintering species. Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 
 
 
Parking: $5 per vehicle  Contact: (949) 923-2240 Special Instructions:  Meet at Shelter 3 parking lot.  
 
May 19 – Afternoon Geology Hike  1 – 4 p.m.  Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views while learning about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. Meet at the Nix Nature Center to begin this highly interpretive 3-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain), on sometimes steep, uneven and rocky terrain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/ Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (949) 923-2235
 
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online:
www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 12 and up. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405). 
 
May 23 – Fitness Hike at Ridge Park   8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/ Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle   Contact: (949) 923-2235
 
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. Hiking poles suggested. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) 
 
May 24 – Down on the Farm – Toddler Class 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn all about barnyard animals including pigs, goats, sheep, cows, chickens, and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions. Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
 
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/  Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (714) 973-6847
 
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.
 
May 25 – Caspers Trail Work Day  8 – 11 a.m. Come join Caspers Wilderness Park Rangers and other enthusiastic Caspers Park Foundation volunteers for our monthly trail work day. You will work with our Park Rangers and trail leaders in maintaining and brushing Caspers Wilderness Park trails. Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/ Cost: Free  Parking: Free Contact: (949) 923-2210 Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. To sign up call Cindi Morgan at 949-923-2207 or email cindi.morgan@ocparks.com. Rain cancels the event. For cancellation or more information, please call (949) 923-2210. Please bring water, work gloves, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes.
 
May 25 – Long Distance Hike in the Back Country   8 – 11:30 a.m.  Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 7-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over   rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/  Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (949) 923-2235 Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities Ages 15 and up. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).  Participants should be able to hike long distances. 
 
May 25 – Wieder Work Days  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join park staff and other volunteers with enhancing Wieder Regional Park's natural resources. Located on the coastal bluffs of Huntington Beach, this unique habitat overlooks the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Pacific Ocean. Activities may include non-native plant removal, trail maintenance or trash cleanup. No experience is necessary; water, snacks and tools are provided.  Location: Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park. 19251 Seapoint Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
 
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/wiederpark/ Cost: Free Parking: Free Contact: (949) 923-2290 Special Instructions: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register. Rain cancels the event.
 
May 26 – Weed Warrior Day  8 – 11 a.m. Come join Caspers Park Rangers and other enthusiastic Caspers Park Foundation volunteers for our monthly trail work day. You will work with our Park Rangers and trail leaders in maintaining and brushing Caspers Park trails. Please bring water, work gloves, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes. Lunch will be on us. Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/  Donation: Free Parking: Free Contact: (949) 923-2210 Special Instructions:  Ages 16 and up. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Cindi Morgan at (949) 923-2207 or emailing cindi.morgan@ocparks.com. Rain cancels the event. For cancellation or more information, please call (949) 923-2210. 
 
May 26 – Family Sun Day Fun Day    2 – 4 p.m.  Families are invited to come play, explore, listen and connect with nature and each other. Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist and nature mentor Kimberly Leeds will guide you through nature activities and games to enliven your wilderness awareness. Bring your curiosity! The walk will be a maximum of 1 mile round trip. Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/  Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (949) 923-2235
 
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities . Ages 12 and up. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road). The terrain will be uneven and steep in some areas; be prepared to get dirty and get up close and personal with nature.  

May 28 – Beginning Fitness Hike   9 – 10:30 a.m.  Spring is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake & back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and
registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour
hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water.  Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/  Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (949) 923-2235
 
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities  Ages 12 and up. James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/Sr-133 just north of 73 Toll Road). 
 
May 30 – Fitness Hike at Willow  8:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
 
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/  Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle Contact: (949) 923-2235
 
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities  Ages 15 and up. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). 
 
#### OC Parks The OC Parks system encompasses 26 regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring nearly 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County’s award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves. OC Parks offers wilderness hikes. Campgrounds. World-class mountain biking. Nature centers. Nationally recognized historic sites. Fishing. Surfing. And the list goes on. Whether a visitor comes to jog or camp; whether a family holds a reunion at a park or meets friends at the beach, OC Parks offers everything you need to
make every day a great one.
 
 
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