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.

Wilderness Skills Adventure

Sharpen your outdoor survival skills on this fun family walk! Work together learning how to build a shelter, make a compass and stay safe on the trails this summer.

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

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

When: July 11, 2015, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 12 (out of 26)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident: 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.

 Ages: Adult, 18 and older

 

When: July 11, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: Free
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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: Butterflies

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: July 11, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00

Bird Walk to Horno Basin

Would you like to learn to identify some of our local feathered friends? Enjoy an early summer morning with docent bird expert Tom Eastman, while quietly combing part of the Sienna Botanica and Horno Basin for our resident and migrant birds. Due to the proximity of the water, this is a great spot to view a variety of birds. There will be lots to see and learn along the trail and overlooking the basin. Please wear nature-colored or dark colored clothing to keep from startling away the birds – and don’t forget your binoculars!

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 July 10th.

When: July 12, 2015, 7:00 am – 9:30 am
Where: Ladera Ranch - Terramor Community Garden
Information: Available Spaces: 9 (out of 27)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Lecture: Galapagos Islands

Join us for a night in the Galapagos, A truly magical and amazing place with lots of unusual creatures such as marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Darwin’s mockingbirds (you thought it was finches…you will have to come to find out this part of the story), and giant tortoises (along with many others).  Tony Bomkamp spent a week in the Galapagos absorbing as much as possible of the natural history and will share much of what he learned while he was there!

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 2:00 pm, July 16.

When: July 16, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (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, July 17.

When: July 18, 2015, 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

July Bat Walk

Bats are one of the many mysteries of nature.  What kinds of bats live in Orange County? Take an evening walk with bat biologist Stephanie Remington to find out! Ms. Remington has surveyed Orange County bats in habitats ranging from suburban neighborhoods to the local wildlands. You will experience "bat detectors" which convert ultrasonic bat sounds to frequencies audible to humans, as you learn more about the natural history of local bats.

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

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

When: July 25, 2015, 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 10 (out of 20)
  • Adult : $15.00
  • Child: $15.00
  • Supporter: $10.00
RSVP

Once in a Blue Moon Hike

Join us for  summer night hike under the light of a blue moon.  Learn about what makes a blue moon unusual and what other rarities can be found on 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, July 31.

When: July 31, 2015, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 15 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident: Free
RSVP

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: El Dorado Park Naturalist

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: August 1, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00

Lecture: From Rancho to Reserve-The history of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

Come hear how what was once known as  "California's Greatest Rancho" has become a habitat reserve dedicated to the conservation of native species. Learn the colorful history of Rancho Mission Viejo and the handshake that started it all.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 5:00 pm, August 6.

When: August 6, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 30)

Early Morning Nature Walk

Experience summer in the quiet wilds of The Reserve.  Summertime is full of sweet smells, bird calls, rustling trees, animal tracks, butterflies, insect songs and wild flowers. We will take advantage of the cool early summer morning on this walk down Gato Road on The Reserve.   We will pass through grasslands, coastal sage, and oak woodlands.   Start your day with the peace and beauty of nature.

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, August 7.

When: August 9, 2015, 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Where: Talega Trail in San Clemente (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • 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, August 14.

When: August 15, 2015, 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Full Moon Hike

Take in the moonlit coast live oaks and sycamores on a docent-led hike through The Reserve. We’ll be serenaded by the sounds of the outdoor night as we search for nocturnal creatures.

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, August 28.

When: August 29, 2015, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Fire Ecology

Join us and become more knowledgeable about the history and ecological role of wildland fire in Orange County, specifically on Rancho Mission Viejo. Get a better understanding of fire behavior, extreme fire weather, Red Flag Alerts and what this means to you.  Learn about the techniques used to manage vegetation in a wildland setting, what is fuel modification and how you can harden your home. See how the California Building Code and the California Fire Code influence new home construction.

Learn about the South County Fire Watch program and how you can become a Fire Watch volunteer.

Ages: 8 and up

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

When: September 10, 2015, 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, September 11.

When: September 12, 2015, 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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: Night Time Insects

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: September 12, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00

Nature - Brought to you by the letter S

Stroll with us on a scenic Family Nature Walk.  Decorate your very own walking stick to use along the journey down the Gato Trail to the Sister Oak.  Go on a scavenger hunt, in search of things that start with the letter “S” such as stink beetles, scrub jays, sages, sycamores, scat, seeds, spiders and  so much 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 September 11.

When: September 13, 2015, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child : $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident: Free
RSVP