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.

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, October 2.

When: October 3, 2016, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon.

Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the heavens, learn about The Moon, 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 Thursday, Oct. 7.

When: October 8, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 13 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $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 Friday, October 7.

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

Full Hunter's Moon Hike

October’s full moon provided the light needed for Native Americans to hunt during the night. Come learn about local Native American hunting techniques and enjoy a moonlit hike under the Full Hunter’s Moon.

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, October 14.

When: October 15, 2016, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 3 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
RSVP

Lecture: History of the Archaeology of Rancho Mission Viejo

Carol Demcak, President of Archaeological Resource Mgmt. Corp. (ARMC), will present a history of the archaeology of Rancho Mission Viejo.  The talk will focus on the identification and recording of prehistoric and historic sites on the Ranch and the further study of these sites through testing and data recovery.  A display of artifacts from RMV will enable audience members to experience firsthand the material culture of the earliest Ranch inhabitants.

Ages: 8 and up

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

When: October 18, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 16 (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, October 28.

When: October 29, 2016, 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 15 (out of 30)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Owl Pellet Detectives

Join the fun learning about owls and their pellets on this family friendly program. Pellets can provide many clues about what owls eat. We'll take a short walk to see where owls live, then each dissect an owl pellet to identify its contents!

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

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by Friday, October 28.

When: October 29, 2016, 9:00 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
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Resident: 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, November 6.

When: November 7, 2016, 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

 

When: November 12, 2016, 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: November 12, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 9 (out of 10)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Native Plants and their Uses

Have you ever wondered 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 5:00 pm on Tuesday November 15.

When: November 15, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Guest House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 30)

Hike off your Thanksgiving Feast + Picnic

Bring your Thanksgiving leftovers and join us for a post-holiday picnic and hike. We'll hike up the North Ridge trail, take a shortcut to Wilson's Camp, and enjoy our lunches at the picnic tables under the oak trees. We'll then head back down the Sycamore Loop Trail. Savor the sights, smells and sounds of late autumn in the wildlands, as well as beautiful pastoral views from North Ridge.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23.

When: November 25, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Resident: Free
RSVP

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