Calendar

Programs are open to the general public, groups, & Reserve supporters.

All events specify a minimum age for participation.

  • Eight (8) is the minimum age for most Reserve events.
  • Some events require participants to be ages 12 & up.
  • FAMILY events welcome children aged 6 & up.
  • Refer to specific event listing for details.
  • Be sure to review our age limit policy.

Pre-registration required for all programs.

  • Contact us for large groups or to arrange a special group outing.
  • Your registration enables us to contact you about program changes or cancellations. Please see our policy on Cancellations and Refunds.
  • All visitors to The Reserve must present a signed release waiver upon entry to the property. Families may submit a single form, as long as all entrants are identified on the form. Waivers are also available at the event.

Astronomy Night

Orange County Stars

Visitors traveling to sparsely populated areas are usually delighted to discover how many more stars are visible than at home. If you’ve not yet caught a glimpse of the Milky Way, come out to The Reserve for Astronomy Night where you can still view many more celestial phenomena than elsewhere in urbanized Orange County!

Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the heavens, learn the constellations, and peer through the telescopes of our volunteer astronomers.  Reserve astronomers are all volunteers who enthusiastically share their telescopes and expert sky knowledge with you. (BRING: Warm clothing, Red cellophaned flashlight, binoculars, optional beach chair.)

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, April 28th.

When: April 29, 2017, 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Monday Trail Clearing and Weeding

Join Reserve staff for a Monday morning maintaining our trails!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 30.

When: May 1, 2017, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for Volunteer Orientation and Training!

This fun and informational orientation is the first step in joining us as an official Reserve Volunteer. Learn about The Reserve's history, philosophy and mission, as well as skills for working with the public. Meet other volunteers and learn how you can help preserve Reserve lands through conservation and education.

CERTIFIED RESERVE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:
This training is the first step in becoming a Certified Reserve Volunteer.  Certified Reserve Volunteers are specially trained volunteers that lead and co-lead Reserve programs.

 Ages: Adult, 18 and older

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering for The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

When: May 3, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 5 (out of 10)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Mid-Spring Nature Hike

This spring nature hike will traverse the Sycamore Loop trail to Gato Road, and will showcase the last of the spring wildflowers blooming on The Reserve.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level:  Moderate
Trail Length: 3.75 miles
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 5.

When: May 6, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 17 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Saturday Trail Clearing and Weeding

Volunteer to spend a few hours in beautiful surroundings helping make The Reserve trails accessible to our visitors. Join the crew dedicated to protecting our native ecosystems by maintaining trails and eliminating weeds. Volunteer efforts make an impact! Drinks and snacks provided. (BRING: Work gloves if you have them).

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Participants must be registered by 4:00pm on May 12.

When: May 13, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Mother’s Day Walk

Celebrate Mother's Day in beautiful natural surroundings on a fun discovery walk down Gato Road.  We will visit the Sister and Mother Oaks and celebrate the beauty of spring's revival in the great outdoors.

Interpretation Level:  Medium
Difficulty Level:  Moderate
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 12 .

When: May 14, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Trail (Talega) in San Clemente (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Dangerous Snakes of Orange County

Join us as we learn all about dangerous snakes of Orange County: how to identify them, where they live, and what to do if you encounter one. Local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe, a member of the Southwestern Field Herping Associates, will give an informative presentation about these unique creatures.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 2:00 pm, May 16.

When: May 16, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 31 (out of 32)

Astronomy Night

Orange County Stars

Visitors traveling to sparsely populated areas are usually delighted to discover how many more stars are visible than at home. If you’ve not yet caught a glimpse of the Milky Way, come out to The Reserve for Astronomy Night where you can still view many more celestial phenomena than elsewhere in urbanized Orange County!

Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the heavens, learn the constellations, and peer through the telescopes of our volunteer astronomers.  Reserve astronomers are all volunteers who enthusiastically share their telescopes and expert sky knowledge with you. (BRING: Warm clothing, Red cellophaned flashlight, binoculars, optional beach chair.)

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 19. 2017

When: May 20, 2017, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Art in Nature

Spend a morning outdoors creating art in nature. Design and build natural masterpieces and practice drawing live animals using simple sketching techniques. All art skill levels welcome. Materials will be provided.

Interpretation Level:  Medium
Difficulty Level:  Easy
Ages: 6 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 19th.

When: May 20, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • General: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Ready...Set...Summer!

Grab your hat and sense of adventure as we kick off summer on The Reserve! Adventure down the trails as we investigate the many ways plants and animals survive the hot, dry summers of Southern California. Find out how to make the most of your family's summer with ideas and activities for outdoor fun all summer long!

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level:  Easy
Ages: 6 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 2.

When: June 3, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • General: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Monday Trail Clearing and Weeding

Join Reserve staff for a Monday morning maintaining our trails!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on June 4.

When: June 5, 2017, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Sunset Moonrise Hike

The waning light of the day's sun and the waxing light of the rising moon will light our way as we explore The Reserve at night.  Join us for a hike in the twilight and the moonlight.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 8.

When: June 9, 2017, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Saturday Trail Clearing and Weeding

Volunteer to spend a few hours in beautiful surroundings helping make The Reserve trails accessible to our visitors. Join the crew dedicated to protecting our native ecosystems by maintaining trails and eliminating weeds. Volunteer efforts make an impact! Drinks and snacks provided. (BRING: Work gloves if you have them).

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on June 9.

When: June 10, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Lecture: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Come Along and Discover the Weird and Wonderful World of Bats

A quarter of the world's mammals are bats. These much maligned creatures have a bad reputation but do they deserve it?  Join Michelle Rivers, bat enthusiast and UK Bat Worker, to discover the good, the bad and the ugly facts about the bats in your neighborhood and the rest of the world.  You'll discover the hidden lives of bats, their adaptations and why we should all love bats.

Ages: 8 and up

Please note:  Participants must be registered by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 13.

When: June 13, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 30)

June Bat Walk

Bats are one of the many mysteries of nature.  What kinds of bats live in Orange County? Take an evening walk with bat enthusiast Michelle Rivers to find out!  You will experience "bat detectors" which convert ultrasonic bat sounds to frequencies audible to humans, as you learn more about the natural history of local bats.

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 16.

When: June 17, 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Father's Day Hike

Take Father’s Day out on the trail this year with a two mile hike through oak woodlands and sage scrub. Make some memories by spending time together in nature.

Interpretation Level:  Low
Difficulty Level:  Moderate
Ages: 6 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 16.

When: June 18, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Astronomy Night

Orange County Stars

Visitors traveling to sparsely populated areas are usually delighted to discover how many more stars are visible than at home. If you’ve not yet caught a glimpse of the Milky Way, come out to The Reserve for Astronomy Night where you can still view many more celestial phenomena than elsewhere in urbanized Orange County!

Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the heavens, learn the constellations, and peer through the telescopes of our volunteer astronomers.  Reserve astronomers are all volunteers who enthusiastically share their telescopes and expert sky knowledge with you. (BRING: Warm clothing, Red cellophaned flashlight, binoculars, optional beach chair.)

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 23.

When: June 24, 2017, 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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