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.

Virtual Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for a Learn from Home Volunteer Orientation and Training!

After you register we will send you an invitation and link to join us for a Zoom format meeting.

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.

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: 18 and up

When: September 25, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Rise and Shine Fall Hike

Rise and Shine, and join us for a morning hike on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy. This 3.2-mile hike will traverse Gato Road and Middle Ridge trails. On this early autumn hike, enjoy views of Rainbow Mountain, a visit to the Sister Oak tree, and the sound of crunching leaves under your feet.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 3.2 miles
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm Friday, September 24th.

When: September 26, 2021, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 10 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8-17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Virtual Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for a Learn from Home Volunteer Orientation and Training!

After you register we will send you an invitation and link to join us for a Zoom format meeting.

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.

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: 18 and up

When: October 13, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

The Moon: A Look at our Nearest Neighbor in Space - Virtual Presentation

In this informative presentation, volunteer astronomer, Spencer Murray, 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.

This will be an online event via Zoom.

Interpretation Level: High
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: October 14, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited

Archaeology Day Family Event

Join us at The Reserve for International Archaeology Day! Learn about the field of archaeology and how the past helps us understand the present. Hands-on, kid-friendly activities include traditional games, pottery conservation activity and mock archaeology site. Learn how to make and use ancient tools like string, rabbit sticks and the fire-bow!

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All

Please note: participants must be registered or on the waitlist Friday, October 15th at 4:00 PM.

When: October 16, 2021, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon. Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the heavens, learn about The Moon, and the constellations.

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, October 15.

When: October 16, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 8 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8-17): $5.00
RSVP

Trail Clearing & 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.

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

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19th.

When: October 20, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 20)
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

North Ridge and Sycamore Loop Fall Hike

Explore the North Ridge and Sycamore Loop trails in the fall! Hike along North Ridge trail while taking in sweeping views of the Nature Reserve and the expansive open space of the Ranch lands beyond. Sycamore Loop provides a gentle meander through grasslands and coastal sage scrub, finishing through old growth Sycamores peppered with acorn woodpecker granaries.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 2.25 miles
Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the waitlist by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 22nd.

When: October 23, 2021, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8-17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Virtual Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for a Learn from Home Volunteer Orientation and Training!

After you register we will send you an invitation and link to join us for a Zoom format meeting.

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.

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: 18 and up

When: November 6, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Middle Ridge/Gato Road Hike

Celebrate fall on this 3.2 mile loop hike. This hike will traverse along Middle Ridge to Gato Road and provide some breathtaking views.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate with some strenuous hills
Ages: 10 and up

When: November 6, 2021, 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

Trail Clearing & Weeding

Join Reserve staff for a morning maintaining The Reserve!

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

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16th.

When: November 17, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 20)
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Art in Nature - Family Walk

Create natural artwork in a beautiful outdoor setting. Design trailside art using found natural objects, sketch a live animal, and watercolor a majestic oak tree. All ages and artistic skill levels encouraged to participate in this family friendly walk. Art supplies provided, but you may also bring your own if you prefer.

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 Friday, November 19th.

When: November 21, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child (6-17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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