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.

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: March 10, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 12)
  • Adult: $10.00
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! (BRING: Work gloves if you have them).

A confirmation email will provide details of safety precautions relating to COVID.

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

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 12.

When: March 13, 2021, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Volunteers: Free

Leprechaun Hunt: 10:00am - 11:30am

Bring the “wee-ones” out for a morning in pursuit of the mischievous Irish faery - the Leprechaun. Learn about the Irish history of Rancho Mission Viejo, play games, make and take a St. Patrick's day themed craft, and go on a search for a leprechaun.

Note: All Reserve events are tentative and may be cancelled dependent on changes to state and local protocols regarding Covid-19.

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All. Activities geared for ages 5 and up.
Cost: $5.00/person

Please note: registration closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, March 12.

When: March 13, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult Admission: $5.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
Wait List

Leprechaun Hunt: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Bring the “wee-ones” out for a morning in pursuit of the mischievous Irish faery - the Leprechaun. Learn about the Irish history of Rancho Mission Viejo, play games, make and take a St. Patrick's day themed craft, and go on a search for a leprechaun.

Note: All Reserve events are tentative and may be cancelled dependent on changes to state and local protocols regarding Covid-19.

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All. Activities geared for ages 5 and up.
Cost: $5.00/person

Please note: registration closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, March 12.

When: March 13, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult Admission: $5.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
Wait List

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: March 17, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 12)
  • Adult: $10.00
RSVP

Weekday Stewardship Day

Stewardship Day allows for you to spend time outdoors at The Reserve Headquarters helping with various on site projects in a safe way.  Stewardship efforts include assisting in maintaining healthy ecosystems through eliminating weeds, up-keeping The Reserve's native garden, and assisting with grounds care tasks.
Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 10 and up. A minimum of one adult (18 years or older) must remain with the household in the entirety of the of assigned time slot.​
IMPORTANT registration and safety precautions:
-To adhere to current COVID guidelines and to better ensure safety for participants, Stewardship Day will be scheduled with staggered start times.
-Each registration is limited to one household (up to 5 members per household). All participants per registration must reside in the same household.
-Time slots are 1 1/2 hours each with time to sanitize tools.
-Tools will be provide however participants must bring their own gloves.
-Masks are required for check in and check out however can be removed if a participant is around their own household members.
-Participants must sign a release waiver.
Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23rd.​
When: March 24, 2021, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 5 (out of 7)
  • 8:00 am Arrival Time: Free
  • 8:30 am Arrival Time: Free
  • 9:00 am Arrival Time: Free
  • 9:30 am Arrival Time: Free
  • 10:00 am Arrival Time: Free
  • 10:30 am Arrival Time: Free
  • 11:00 am Arrival Time: Free
RSVP

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: March 24, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 12
  • Adult: $10.00
RSVP

Middle Ridge/Gato Road Hike: 7:30am - 9:30am

Celebrate spring on this 3.2 mile loop hike. This hike will traverse along Middle Ridge to Gato Road and provide some breathtaking views.

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required throughout the event. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate with some strenuous hills
Ages: 10 and up

When: March 27, 2021, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 7 (out of 9)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Middle Ridge/Gato Road Hike: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Celebrate spring on this 3.2 mile loop hike. This hike will traverse along Middle Ridge to Gato Road and provide some breathtaking views.

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required throughout the event. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate with some strenuous hills
Ages: 10 and up

When: March 27, 2021, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
Wait List

Full Moon Hike

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

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Ages: 8 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required throughout the event. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on March 27.

When: March 28, 2021, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
Wait List

Afternoon Wildflower Walk

Join us for a naturalist-led walk to view the spring wildflowers on The Reserve.

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required throughout the event. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00pm on March 26.

When: March 28, 2021, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: March 31, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 12
  • Adult: $10.00
RSVP

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: April 7, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 12
  • Adult: $10.00
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: Easy-moderate
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday April 09.

When: April 10, 2021, 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 5 (out of 9)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: April 14, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 12
  • Adult: $10.00
RSVP

Virtual Presentation: Wildflowers from A to Z - (Almost) Everything You Want to Know about Local Native Wildflowers

After winter rains, The Reserve teems with an endless array of wildflowers.  Join us as botanist Tony Bomkamp presents interesting facts (with photos) about many of the most picturesque wildflowers popping up along our hillsides and in our back country.

Ages: Recommended 16 and up.

Registration for this event closes April 15 at 4:00pm.

When: April 15, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • General Admission: Free
RSVP

Spring Wildflower Walk

Enjoy the springtime beauty of wildflowers out on The Reserve.  Explore ridges and canyons looking for spring wildflowers with guest biologist Tony Bomkamp. You'll see some of the more common spring wildflowers and may discover some uncommon ones as well.

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, April 16.

When: April 17, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 8
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
RSVP

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: April 21, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 12
  • Adult: $10.00
RSVP

Outdoor Yoga

Event takes place outside with plenty of space for physical distancing.

Ground yourself to the earth! Breathe in fresh air! Stretch to the sky!  Join us at Reserve HQ and out on the Reserve for Outdoor Yoga. Certified teacher Dale Eisenberg will guide you through traditional standing poses, breathing exercises and meditation practice. This class is currently being featured in the pole barn, which is an open-air, covered area with a paved floor. Oak trees, sycamore trees, and mountains in the foresight provide a peaceful nature setting.

Interpretation Level: Minimal
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Ages: 18 and up

IMPORTANT Registration and Safety Precautions:
- Masks/face coverings required to have with you all times and must be worn if within 6 feet of others who are not in the same household. No mesh masks.
- Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained from those not in the same household.
- Participants must sign a release waiver.

When: April 28, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 12
  • Adult: $10.00
RSVP

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