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.

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 25.

When: April 26, 2014, 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Butterfly Walk

Come explore with members of North American Butterfly Association (NABA) and learn to identify butterflies – a relaxing and fun activity.  How many species will we find during our walk through the ever-changing palette of habitats?  Learn how to recognize our common butterflies.  Find out about hill topping and territorial behavior as you hike the trails of 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 Friday.

When: April 26, 2014, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
Wait List

Nature - Brought to you by the letter "S"

This slow paced Family Nature Walk is brought to you by the letter “S”.  We will walk down the Gato Trail to the Sister Oak while participating in a scavenger hunt, looking for things that start with the letter “S” such as stink beetles, scrub jays, sages, stick nests, sycamores, scat, seeds, spiders…plus many more.  Geared toward children but all ages welcome!  Enjoy this morning of fun while we walk on the wild side.

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

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, on May 2.

When: May 3, 2014, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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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:  Arroyo Toads

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@nullgmail.com or call 949-923-2210.

FREE: At the entrance kiosk, mention that you are attending a CPF meeting.

When: May 3, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 20

Sierra Sage Nature Walk

Join the Sierra Sage chapter of the Sierra Club to enjoy the beautiful, natural scenery of 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 Friday, May 2.

When: May 4, 2014, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Gato Trail (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 20)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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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, May 4 .

When: May 5, 2014, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: 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, May 9.

When: May 10, 2014, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
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Mother's Day Walk to Mother Oak

Mother Nature is nearby!  Celebrate Mother's Day in beautiful natural surroundings on a fun 3 mile discovery walk down Gato Road.  We will visit the Mother Oak and celebrate the beauty of spring's revival on this special day in the great outdoors while we search for spring wildflowers, birds, and other gifts to our senses that nature shares so freely.

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

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, on May 9.

When: May 11, 2014, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Where: Talega Trail at Talega Gato Gate (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 18 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Native American Plant Uses

Have you ever wonder how California Indians cured a headache or eased the symptoms of the common cold?  Or what plants were used to build houses, boats or hunting tools? Join us as naturalist and docent Janine Peterson discusses the medicinal, spiritual and practical uses of native plants. This lecture will be a hands-on look at the plants and the objects used by California Indians.

Ages: 8 and up

Please note:  Participants must be registered by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 14.

When: May 14, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 30)

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 30.

When: May 31, 2014, 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 2 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $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 Sunday, June 1.

When: June 2, 2014, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Insect and Arthropod Family Nature Walk

Take a leisurely walk with a naturalist guide through the hills and canyons of The Conservancy and become a detective on an arthropod scavenger hunt!   Join us on a family-oriented search for creeping, crawling, and flying insects & other arthropods.  See how many you can discover!  Enjoy the scenery as you learn about these beautiful, wondrous creatures.

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

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, on June 6.

When: June 7, 2014, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Saturday 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. (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, April 11.

When: June 14, 2014, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Rattlesnakes of Orange County

Join us as we learn all about Orange County rattlesnakes: how to identify them, where they live, and what to do if you encounter one. Local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe, a member of the North American Field Herping Association, will do a power point presentation about these unique creatures. Live snakes will be on display and local herpetologists will be on-hand to answer questions.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 2:00 pm, June 18.

When: June 18, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 26 (out of 30)

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 27.

When: June 28, 2014, 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP