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.

Fun Finding Fungi Mushroom Walk

What are Mushrooms and Why Do We Care?

Why do they grow with Oaks?

Can I Touch Them? Can I Pick Them? Can I Eat Them?

How to Find, Photograph, and Identify Fungi.

Explore the fascinating world of wild mushrooms with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz. If we are fortunate and get rain, we might find a wide range of fungal forms and species.
Bring your camera if you want.

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 12.

When: February 13, 2016, 1:30 pm – 4:00 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

Sierra Sage Nature Hike

Join the Sierra Sage chapter of the Sierra Club to enjoy the beautiful, natural scenery of The Reserve on a lovely hike.

Interpretation Level:  Low
Difficulty Level:  Strenuous to Moderate
Ages: 16 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16.

When: February 17, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Shooting Stars 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 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 19.

When: February 20, 2016, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 15 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for Volunteer Orientation and Training!

This fun and informational orientation is the first step in joining us as a 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.

 Ages: Adult, 18 and older

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering for The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

When: February 20, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 30
  • Volunteer: 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 February 19.

When: February 20, 2016, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Ladera Open Space - East
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Living with Wildlife

Join us for an informative workshop as we learn all about Orange County’s wildlife – both plants and animals.  Reserve Executive Director Laura Coley Eisenberg will discuss how to identify our local flora and fauna, and what to do when you encounter them on the trail or at home.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, February 24.

When: February 24, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (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, March 4.

When: March 5, 2016, 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

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: Mushrooms

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.

When: March 5, 2016, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00

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 March 6.

When: March 7, 2016, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

O'Neill Leprechaun Hunt

Bring the “wee-ones” out for a morning in pursuit of the mischievous Irish faery - the Leprechaun. Decorate a blarney stone and learn more about the Irish history of The Reserve at Ranch Mission Viejo.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 11.

When: March 13, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • RMV Resident: Free
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Bees of Orange County

So you think you know about bees - they give us honey, right?  Come along and join Michelle Rivers, who worked for Bumblebee Conservation Trust in the UK, to discover the bees of Orange County.  Learn about the fascinating world of bees, what bees you might see in Orange County and how to help these important pollinators.  You are guaranteed to learn bee facts that will impress your friends and family.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, March 16.

When: March 16, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 21 (out of 30)

Caspers Park Foundation Nature Talk

Reservations are not necessary for this event 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: Adventure Day

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.

When: April 2, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00

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 April 3.

When: April 4, 2016, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Kingsnakes of California

A look at the natural history, diversity and beauty of California’s kingsnake species. Learn about the facts and myths associated with these important and fascinating creatures.

Ages: 8 and up

Please note:  Participants must be registered by 4:00pm, April 6.

When: April 6, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 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, April 8.

When: April 9, 2016, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 17 (out of 25)
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Reptilian Boardwalk

We will take a peek into the secret world of native reptiles and some of the other elusive creatures that inhabit our local coastal hills. Weather permitting, we will expect to see several species of native snakes, lizards, amphibians, small mammals and invertebrates on a tour of one of our Reserve study sites.

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 April 8.

When: April 9, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Ladera Open Space - East
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $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 April 8.

When: April 9, 2016, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Butterfly Walk

Come explore with amateur butterfly enthusiast Gary Meredith 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 April 22.

When: April 23, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • RMV Resident: Free
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP