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.
  • Review our age limit policy by clicking HERE.

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.

Start the Year Off Right Hike

Start the new year with a winter morning nature hike. As you traverse trails with a naturalist as your guide, you can observe shades of winter color while listening for native bird calls. Come enjoy the company of fellow hiking enthusiasts, take in the fragrant aroma of dampened sage and breathe in cool winter air.

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

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

When: January 3, 2015, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident: 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 Sunday, January 4.

When: January 5, 2015, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Migratory Bird Lecture

Comparison of weather radar data over the last 50 years has shown major declines in the numbers of birds along many of the major migratory routes, with estimates that in some cases, the numbers have dropped by 50-percent since the 1970s.  Recognition of these declines has intensified efforts to conserve migratory birds throughout the world, in order to protect this unique twice-annual event.  Come and hear about this awe inspiring phenomenon and learn what you can do to help.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered by Wednesday, January 7 by 2:00 pm.

When: January 7, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 25 (out of 30)
  • Admission: Free
RSVP

Bird Walk to Horno Basin

Would you like to learn to identify some of our local feathered friends? Enjoy a winter afternoon with docent and bird expert Diane Etchison, while quietly combing part of the Sienna Botanica and Horno Basin for our resident and migrant birds. Due to the proximity of the water, this is a great spot to view a variety of birds. There will be lots to see and learn along the trail and overlooking the basin. Please wear nature-colored or dark colored clothing to keep from startling away the birds – and don’t forget your binoculars!

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 January 9th.

 

When: January 10, 2015, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Ladera Ranch - Terramor Community Garden
Information: Available Spaces: 12 (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

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 9.

When: January 10, 2015, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: 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, January 16th.

When: January 17, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 5 (out of 25)
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: The ABC's of Falconry

Come hear licensed falconer, Adam Chavez as he gives a presentation on the Sport of Falconry.  Adam will discuss the ABC’s of Falconry, including everything from the history of falconry, the regulations, equipment and training methods.  And of course, he'll show photos and talk about the amazing birds of prey used in falconry.

This lecture will be followed by a falconry demonstration on Saturday, February 7.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered by Wednesday, February 4 by 2:00 pm.

When: February 4, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 30
  • General Admission: Free
RSVP

Falconry Demonstration and Guided Walk

Enjoy a morning walk to a field where you'll see an amazing demonstration of falconry!

Licensed falconer Adam Chavez will educate patrons about the partnership between human and raptor, better known as a "bird of prey." Adam will discuss the traditional practice of falconry, a sport which is thousands of years old, along with newer equipment employed by contemporary practitioners. The event will include an exhilarating demonstration and an opportunity to take a photo with one of the birds.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 6.

When: February 7, 2015, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Future San Juan Creek Trail
Information: Available Spaces: 30
  • Adult: $35.00
  • Child (12 and under): $30.00
RSVP

Hunt for Hearts in Nature - Valentine's Day Walk

Nature is romantic. You never know what you might find when you explore the world outside your doors. Come walk along the Sycamore Loop Trail on this special day and hunt for heart shaped natural objects. Perhaps a heart shaped rock or leaf, tree branches coming together forming a heart, or even a heart shaped small rodent path in the grasses.   Did you know that a deer footprint can look like a heart? Something unexpected always turns up.   We will all celebrate the beauty and wonder of Nature on this Valentine’s Day walk on the wild side.   Some of the best moments are the unexpected discoveries.

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, February 13.

When: February 14, 2015, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter : Free
  • RMV Resident: 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, February 20.

When: February 21, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 18 (out of 25)
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Wildflower Walk

Local wildflower expert Bob Allen will lead an exploration of The Reserve looking for early wildflowers like the Padre Shooting Star. Learn to identify blooms and savor the smells, sights, sounds and breathtaking beauty of late winter.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 27.

When: March 1, 2015, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child : $5.00
  • Supporter : Free
RSVP