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.

Caspers Park Foundation Nature Talk

Reservations are not necessary for this event.

This nature-themed lecture is held in association with the monthly meeting of Caspers Park Foundation (CPF) volunteers.

Subject: Snake Bite Prevention and Treatment

This event is presented by the Caspers Park Foundation. For information regarding this event, please contact the Caspers Park Foundation. For more info, email: CaspersParkFoundatioalkn@gmail.com or call 949-923-2210.

When: June 2, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00
Free Event

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, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Guest House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 29 (out of 35)

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: Easy
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 14.

When: June 15, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 4 (out of 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 14.

When: June 16, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Summer Day Camp - Week One: Wild World, Wildlife!

Summer Days on The Reserve is a day camp-style program for kids centered on fostering creativity while exploring and learning about nature.

This week's camp theme is Wild World!  We will use and develop our observation skills as we learn about our Wild World and local wildlife. Campers will tap into their wild side while they play games, create crafts, learn outdoor skills, sing songs and enjoy adventures on the Reserve.

Dates:  June 17 - June 21, 2019
Time:  9:00 am - 2:00 pm (drop off begins at 8:30am)
Ages: 6-11

For a discounted price on a week of camp, sign up for a yearly Family Level Supportership! Receive a discount on camp and attend most Reserve events for FREE throughout the year.

 

When: June 17, 2019, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 30)
  • Camper: $190.00
  • Camper (with Family Level Supportership): $170.00
  • Camper - One Day: $45.00
RSVP

Summer Day Camp - Week Two: Survive the Wild

Summer Days on The Reserve is a day camp-style program for kids centered on fostering creativity while exploring and learning about nature.

This week's camp theme is Survive the Wild! Discover skills like shelter building, tracking, or even how to cook a great campfire meal. Campers will learn to survive the Wild while they play games, create crafts, learn outdoor skills, sing songs and enjoy adventures on the Reserve.

Dates:  June 24 - June 28, 2019
Time:  9:00 am - 2:00 pm (drop off begins at 8:30am)
Ages: 6-11

For a discounted price on a week of camp, sign up for a yearly Family Level Supportership! Receive a discount on camp and attend most Reserve events for FREE throughout the year.

 

When: June 24, 2019, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 21 (out of 30)
  • Camper: $190.00
  • Camper (with Family Level Supportership): $170.00
  • Camper - One Day: $45.00
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. 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 28th.

When: June 29, 2019, 8:45 pm – 10:45 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

Nature Art! at Ladera Ranch Library

Bring the outdoors inside and get creative! Use natural and recycled materials to make one of a kind works of art, inspired by nature.

 Ages: Recommended 5 - 10 years old

Please note: Registration not required, walk-ins welcome. Event is Open House style. Ladera Ranch Library located at: 29551 Sienna Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694.

When: July 8, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Ladera Ranch Library
Information: Available Spaces: 38 (out of 40)
  • General Admission: Free
RSVP

North Ridge Hike

Join us for summer hike along the North Ridge Trail, out to Wilson's Camp and back along Shady Canyon.

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

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

When: July 13, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

I Dig Fossils! at Ladera Ranch Library

Let’s dig back in time! Excavate fossils and dig for your own shark tooth as we become paleontologists, investigating prehistoric life on our planet.

 Ages: Recommended 5 - 10 years old

Please note: Registration not required, walk-ins welcome. Event is Open House style. Ladera Ranch Library located at: 29551 Sienna Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694.

When: July 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Ladera Ranch Library
Information: Available Spaces: 39 (out of 40)
  • General Admission: Free
RSVP

Wildlife Explorers! at Ladera Ranch Library

High-flying hawks and dashing deer....come explore the animals living here! Become a wildlife explorer as we learn about the amazing animals of Orange County. Meet a live animal, learn to identify tracks and investigate animal evidence, such as bones and fur.

Ages: Recommended 5 - 10 years old

Please note: Registration not required, walk-ins welcome. Event is Open House style. Ladera Ranch Library located at: 29551 Sienna Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694.

When: July 22, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Ladera Ranch Library
Information: Available Spaces: 39 (out of 40)
  • General Admission: Free
RSVP

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