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.

Call of the Wild Night Hike

Hoots, howls and other cries in the night are what we'll be listening for on this nighttime adventure on The Reserve.  Enjoy a night hike, as we learn about nocturnal animals and listen for the calls of the wild.

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 Thursday, July 28.

When: July 29, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
Wait List

Nature Explorers: Bird Buddies! at Ladera Ranch Library

Feathers, beaks, feet and wings….let’s explore these bird things! Join us at the Ladera Ranch Library for a morning of fun, hands-on activities learning all about birds! Discover what makes a bird a bird and why they are able to fly (it’s not just their wings!). Create a bird buddy craft to show your love for birds!

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 7 - 11

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

For more information, please call Ladera Ranch Library at 949-234-5940.

When: August 1, 2016, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Ladera Ranch Library
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • General Admission: 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, August 5.

When: August 6, 2016, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
Wait List

Caspers Park Foundation Nature Talk

Reservations are not necessary for this event. Please call Caspers Park Foundation for accurate seat availability.

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

Subject: Bees

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

When: August 6, 2016, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 10
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00
RSVP

Nature Explorers: Can You Dig It? Fossil Explorations at Ladera Ranch Library

Ready, set…dig! Join us at the Ladera Ranch library for a morning of fun, hands-on activities as we become paleontologists exploring the world of fossils. Discover the ancient animals that once roamed here, dig for shark teeth and create your very own fossil craft.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 7 - 11

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

For more information, please call Ladera Ranch Library at 949-234-5940.

When: August 8, 2016, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Ladera Ranch Library
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • General Admission: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Tarantulas and Other Many-Legged Critters of the Night

Did you know that in the evenings, male tarantulas wander around in search of food and females? They only live for about 1 year. Female tarantulas dig deep burrows in the ground and remain there, waiting for crickets and other insects to walk by and become dinner. They live for 20 years! Their relatives, the trap-door spiders, live in burrows in the ground. Some species build a hinged door over their burrow, and spring up when an insect walks across it. Black widow spiders mostly come out at night. When an insect gets stuck in its web, the spider rolls it up in silk, waits for it to quiet down, then bites and injects its venom. Soon after, the spider feeds on its dinner.

Aren’t you glad that you are too big to become dinner for a spider?!

Join us with guest speaker, Bob Allen, for an evening of photographs, stories, and specimens of tarantulas, other spiders, and night-time insects of Orange County.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 2:00 pm, August 10..

When: August 10, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 17 (out of 30)

Fire Watch Training

Help out your community by becoming a Fire Watch volunteer!

Training will focus on: understanding basic fire behavior, identifying signs of wildfire, dealing with suspect behavior, providing useful fire information, and contacting proper fire authorities.

When: August 11, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Ladera Ranch Fire Station 58
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)

Tarantulas and Other Many-Legged Critters of the Night Walk

Join guest leader, Bob Allen, to get up close and personal with tarantulas and other arthropods! We'll be on the lookout for male tarantulas making their annual late summer search for females.  We will also look for trap-door spiders and other critters of the evening.

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, August 12.

When: August 13, 2016, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
RSVP

Geologic Adventure and Exploration!

Come explore the hills of The Reserve with geologist Aron Taylor, as we journey down scenic trails and search for geologic clues to the past.  Our adventure will cover ancient rock formations, pre-historic faults, interesting fossils, and other geologic features.

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

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

When: August 20, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

The Moon - A Look at our Nearest Neighbor in Space

In this informative presentation, volunteer astronomer, Keith Holliday, will answer questions you may have about the Moon. What is is the origin of the Moon? What causes the Moon's phases? Why don't lunar eclipses occur every month? What is the Moon's effect on our tides? Why did we send men to the Moon and what have we learned? Is there really a man in the Moon? Plus many more.

After the presentation, our telescopes will be trained on the Moon plus additional objects visible in our night sky.

(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, Sept. 8.

When: September 10, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 25)
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Adventures of an Acorn!

An acorn’s adventure begins as a seed…until one day it grows into a mighty oak tree! Join us for an acorn adventure walk as we discover the many uses of acorns. Learn how animals and people depend on this important resource through fun activities, games and crafts!

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, September 9th.

When: September 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Volunteer Orientation and Basic 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: September 14, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 16 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Full Harvest Moon Hike

Take in the moonlit coast live oaks and sycamores on a docent-led hike through The Reserve.

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, September 15.

When: September 16, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
RSVP

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