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.

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 May 31.

When: June 1, 2015, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: Ladera Ranch East Trail
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: 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: Pocket Mice

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: June 6, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00

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 12.

When: June 13, 2015, 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

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 June 12.

When: June 13, 2015, 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 Southwestern Field Herping Associates, will give an informative presentation about these unique creatures. Live snakes will be on display and Steve will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Ages: 8 and up

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

When: June 18, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 30)

Father's Day Hike

Take Father’s Day out on the trail this year with a two mile hike through oak woodlands and sage scrub. Make some memories by spending time together in nature.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 19.

When: June 20, 2015, 9:00 am – 11:00 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

June Bat Walk

Bats are one of the many mysteries of nature.  What kinds of bats live at 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, June 26.

When: June 27, 2015, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 20)
  • Adult : $15.00
  • Child: $15.00
  • Supporter: $10.00
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 8, 2015, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

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: 25
  • 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: 25
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

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: 20 (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, July 17.

When: July 18, 2015, 8:45 pm – 10:45 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

July Bat Walk

Bats are one of the many mysteries of nature.  What kinds of bats live at 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: 20
  • Adult : $15.00
  • Child: $15.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Once in 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: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident: Free
RSVP