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Friday, November 2, 2012

OC Parks Weekend Events



The weather is forecasted to be another beautiful weekend in Orange County. We could not think of a better thing to do with the family than getting outside and being active. There are some amazing events happening this weekend offering a little bit of something for everyone.

2012 Enduro Stuff Cup
November 3rd 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The last race of the 2012 Enduro Stuff Cup will be at Caspers Wilderness Park.The race will take place on Bell Canyon, Sunrise and East Ridge trails; all other park trails will remain open during event. Come join the race or check out the MTB Expo where bike shops and industry companies will be displaying many of their products. For race information and sign up, visit endurostuffevents.com.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  For more information about the race, visit www.endurostuffevents.com . For additional park information, call (949) 923-2210.

Equifest Competitive Trail Challenge 
November 3rd 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

OC Parks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy invite equestrians and their mounts for a day of friendly fun beginning with an American Competitive Trail Horse Association sanctioned Competitive Trail Challenge.

The trail ride and competition is approximately 6.2 miles long with 4 miles of trails in the Irvine Ranch Open Space. Prizes awarded for first through sixth in the Open, Pleasure, Junior and Scout Divisions. There is a non-competitive Buddy Division which includes only the trail ride for participants.

There will be prizes awarded to the Best Dressed Female and Male Riders! Prizes will also be given for Best Groomed Mount.

Lunch will be provided to all participants by Johnny Rebs BBQ. For event details and registration, please visit www.actha.us. All riders must register online to participate. Registration closes on Wednesday, October 31 at 5 p.m.

Proceeds from this ride will go to the Hanaeleh horse rescue organization who help save, rehabilitate, train and find loving homes for abused, neglected and abandoned horses.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: See special instructions Parking: Free to participants
Contact: (714) 973–6836 or (714) 973-6835
Special Instructions: Ages 7 and up. All riders must register online to participate. Registration closes on Wednesday, October 31st at 5 p.m. Please visit www.actha.us (Ride #6245) for more information.

Birding Basics with Ranger Portia 
November 3rd 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us on our bird walk as we welcome our fall/winter avian visitors back to Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve! Explore the diverse bird populations; from seasonal migratory species to year-round residents, birders of all ages will enjoy a morning outdoors on these informative, yet fun-filled walks. The program will meet at the "Constellation Street" park entrance at 8:30 a.m. Come prepared for your birding adventure with binoculars, hat, sunscreen and appropriate footwear.
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290 or (949) 923-2275
Special Instructions: All ages. This program will be cancelled if rainy/muddy conditions are present 24 hours prior or enrollment minimums are not met. This program is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Please phone (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to save your spot and receive directions to the Constellation Street entrance.

Geology Hike
November 3rd 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy unspoiled canyon views and learn 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 see the new geology exhibit and then, highly interpretive 4.8-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain), both over steep and uneven terrain. This highly interpretive hike is 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 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

New Volunteer Meet & Greet
November 3rd 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Interested in history? Come volunteer at Heritage Hill Historical Park! There are many opportunities to lead adult and children tours, assist with the museum collections, and much more!

Heritage Hill Historical Park preserves the rich cultural heritage of Orange County through its village of four historical buildings, which represent distinct eras in the early development of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro areas.


Current volunteers and staff will be hosting interested volunteers on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Website: www.ocparks.com/heritagehill
Contact: (949) 923-2230
Special Instructions: Please call (949) 923-2227 or email carey.baughman@ocparks.com with questions and to RSVP.

Nature Walk
November 3rd 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Join our Naturalist on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! Event is conditional on the weather.

Caspers Park Foundation Meeting
November 3rd 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly volunteer meeting held in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. This is a great opportunity to learn just what volunteers do, as well as meet others who love nature, the outdoors, and preserving the park for all. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by an informative lecture in the park at 10 a.m. November Guest Speaker – Igor Caragodin Subject – Taxidermy.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Ages 16 years and up. Please check with the park during rainy weather (949) 923-2210.

Senses of Nature
November 3rd & 4th 9:30 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Join Josh, one of our trained staff, on a walk to the Redwoods on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Josh will help you use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods and hear the story of these majestic trees and how they came to Carbon Canyon Park. The walks will be every Saturday and Sunday mornings and in the afternoons. You will also get a chance to visit the Nature Center.
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/carboncanyon/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160 or (714) 973-3161
Special Instructions: All ages. Carbon Canyon is located off the 57 freeway, exit Lambert Rd. and drive toward the hills, once you cross Valencia St.; Lambert turns into Carbon Canyon Rd. We are located at Santa Fe and Carbon Canyon Rd. The walk begins at the nature center.

Historic Yorba Cemetery Tour
November 3rd 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Between 1858 and 1939, many of the northern Orange County's rancho families were buried at the Yorba Cemetery, Orange County's oldest private cemetery. Join us on the first Saturday of November to hear stories of the Yorba’s and other families of the Santa Ana Canyon, and about the cemetery's transformation from horse corral to historic landmark.
Location: Yorba Cemetery. Woodgate Park, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/yorbacemetery/
Cost: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3190 or (714) 973-3191
Special Instructions: From Imperial Highway, turn east onto Orangethorpe/Esperanza. Turn Left onto Fairlynn, right onto Woodgate, and left onto Parkwood. Parking is available on the right side past the tennis courts.

Peralta Adobe Tour
November 3rd 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Visit the Peralta Adobe, Santa Ana Canyon's oldest surviving adobe structure, on the 1st Saturday of each month. Built in 1871 by Ramon Peralta, the adobe has served over the years as both residence and roadside cafe. Join our docents as they discuss the history of the Santa Ana Canyon from its exploration by the Portola Expedition in 1769, the Spanish & Mexican rancho eras, our agricultural past, and to the extension of the modern 91 Freeway.
Location: Peralta Adobe. 6398 E. Santa Ana Canyon, Anaheim, CA 92807
Website: http://www.ocparks.com/peraltaadobe/
Cost: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3190 or (714) 973-3191
Special Instructions: The Peralta Adobe is surrounded by the Tarbell office at Fairmont & Santa Ana Canyon.

First Saturday Tours at Key Ranch 
November 3rd 12:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us at George Key Ranch Historical Park on the 1st Saturday each month for a tour of the park. Tour the 1898 Key Ranch Home, walk through our historic orange grove, picnic under a heritage oak, or relax in the verse garden. Individuals or small groups are welcome to join us at 2 pm for a free tour of the ranch home. Groups of 10 or more, please contact park ranger in advance to schedule your tour.
Location: George Key Ranch Historical Park. 625 W. Bastanchury Rd., Placentia, CA 92870.
Website: http://ocparks.com/keyranch/
Cost: Free
Contact: (714) 973-3190 or (714) 973-3191
Special Instructions: Small parking lot accessible through Bastanchury gate. Additional street parking available on Gilman Circle. Pedestrians may enter park through Bastanchury Rd. or Gilman Circle gates.

Campfire Program
November 3rd 8 – 9 p.m.

EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT. Come join a ranger for an hour of fun and learning about Caspers Wilderness Park. The campfire program 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. Topics vary weekly. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park.  33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  All ages welcome. Camping is not required, parking fees do apply. For more information, call (949) 923-2210.

How Native Americans Used the Local Wilderness
November 4th 8 – 11 a.m.

To the Native Americans who lived in Orange County, the wilderness constituted a one-stop grocery, pharmacy and hardware store. Early European pioneers found their own uses for local and introduced plants, and now science is finding out more about potential valuable medicines in our wild back yard. Learn about these edible and useful plants during a moderate 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (650-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 or (949) 923-3702
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions call: 949-497-8324.

Recreational Mountain Bike Ride 
November 4th 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Catch beautiful coastal canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,000-ft. elevation gain) with OC Parks Ranger Ed Bridges and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: http://ocparks.com/alisoandwoodcanyons/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, Gate 1, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia, first right on AWMA, left into parking lot). For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

Nature Hike
November 4th 9 – 10 a.m.

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. A wide variety of plant and animal life is found in these areas. Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2207 or (949) 923 - 2210
Special Instructions:  Meet at the Old Corral day use area. Please check with park during rainy weather. For additional information, call (949) 923-2210.


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