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.

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, January 27th.

When: January 28, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 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: Abalone Project

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: February 4, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 10
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00
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, February 5.

When: February 6, 2017, 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

Participants must be registered by 4:00pm on February 10.

When: February 11, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Love the Land Family Walk

Fall in love with the land this Valentine's weekend as we take a walk along the Reserve trails. Find out how grasslands, oak woodlands and coastal sage scrub habitats have provided food, shelter and space for many different species through time.  Soak in the beauty of late winter on the Reserve and discover the many reasons to love the land!

Interpretation Level: Moderate
Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
Ages: 6 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 10th.

When: February 11, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 17 (out of 25)
  • General Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Campfire Program - Nature at Night

Join us around the campfire for an evening of stories, songs and s'mores. Sit by the fire and gaze at a near full moon as you hear legends and stories of nocturnal animals found on The Reserve.  Dress warmly and bring your own camp chair as we sing and celebrate nature at night!

Interpretation Level: High
Ages: All. Recommended 6 and up.

Please note: Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 10th.

Reserve Supporters and Rancho Mission Viejo Residents are invited to arrive at 5:00pm to bring and enjoy their own picnic dinner prior to the start of the program.  If you are not a Reserve supporter, please visit our Supporter page to sign up.

When: February 11, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 8 (out of 25)
  • General Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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.

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 17th.

When: February 18, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Historical Archaeology on Rancho Mission Viejo - From the Portola Expedition to the Moon Landing

Join us for a lecture presented by historian, Stephen Van Wormer. Mr. Van Wormer will discuss the historical archaeology that has been carried out on the Ranch from the 1970's to the present, focusing on the Portola Expedition, Trabuco Adobe, Mission Viejo Adobe, and the Capistrano Test Site.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, February 21.

When: February 21, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 25 (out of 35)

Sierra Sage Hike

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: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21.

When: February 22, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 20)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: 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, February 24th.

When: February 25, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 10 (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 8:00 pm on Friday, February 24.

When: February 25, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:00 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

Campfire Program - Cowboy Cèilidh

Grab your favorite lad or lassie and discover Rancho Mission Viejo's Irish roots by participating in a Cowboy Cèilidh. A cèilidh is a traditional gaelic gathering with stories and songs. Hear the story of how two Irish immigrants began one of California's greatest ranchos. Sing along to traditional Irish ballads and cowboy lullabies.  Stare into the fire as you hear the harrowing tale of how O'Neill, one of the High Kings of Ireland, claimed Ireland for his people. Dress warmly and bring your own camp chair as we sing and celebrate the Irish roots of The Reserve!

Interpretation Level: High
Ages: Ages 8 and up.

Please note: Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 3.

Reserve Supporters and Rancho Mission Viejo Residents are invited to arrive at 5:30pm to bring and enjoy their own picnic dinner prior to the start of the program.  If you are not a Reserve supporter, please visit our Supporter page to sign up.

When: March 4, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 26 (out of 30)
  • General 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, March 5.

When: March 6, 2017, 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

Participants must be registered by 4:00pm on March 10.

When: March 11, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: 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 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: March 11, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 9 (out of 10)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Middle Ridge Hike

Join us for an invigorating, steady-paced hike starting off at the majestic, 500 year-old Mother Oak.  Enjoy spectacular views of The Reserve in late winter as we hike up Middle Ridge, over to Wilson’s Camp and return through Shady Canyon.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 17.

When: March 18, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 16 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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