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.

Campfire Program - Nature at Night

Join us around the campfire for an evening of stories, songs and s'mores. Sit by the fire 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, March 31.

Reserve Supporters and Rancho Mission Viejo Residents are invited to arrive at 6:30pm 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: April 1, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 17 (out of 25)
  • 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, April 2.

When: April 3, 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 April 7.

When: April 8, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Ladera Open Space - East
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Butterfly Walk

Come explore with amateur butterfly enthusiast Lee Shoemaker 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
Ages: 12 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday April 14.

 

When: April 15, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: 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: 8 and up

Please note:  Participants must be registered by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 18.

When: April 18, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 30)

Bird Walk

Would you like to learn to identify some of our local feathered friends?  Are you ready to start your “life list?”  Enjoy a weekday spring morning with docent and bird enthusiast Gary Meredith, while quietly combing The Reserve for our resident and migrant birds. We encourage you to bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Wear neutral/natural colored clothing.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 10 and up

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

When: April 18, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 15)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Earth Day Wildflower Walk

Enjoy the springtime beauty of wildflowers out on The Reserve.  Explore ridges and canyons looking for spring wildflowers with guest botanist 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: 8 and up

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

When: April 22, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Ridge to Ridge Hike and Picnic

Enjoy spring on The Reserve with a 3.5 mile loop hike.  This hike will traverse along Middle Ridge to North Ridge with breathtaking views and chances to see wildflowers along the trail. Bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy at the end of the hike.

Interpretation Level:  Medium
Difficulty Level:  Moderate with some strenuous hills
Ages: 12 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 22.

When: April 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
Wait List

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, April 28th.

When: April 29, 2017, 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 13 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $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, April 30.

When: May 1, 2017, 7:30 am – 9:30 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: May 3, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 9 (out of 10)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Mid-Spring Nature Hike

This spring nature hike will traverse the Sycamore Loop trail to Gato Road, and will showcase the last of the spring wildflowers blooming on The Reserve.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level:  Moderate
Trail Length: 3.75 miles
Ages: 10 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 5.

When: May 6, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (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

Participants must be registered by 4:00pm on May 12.

When: May 13, 2017, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Mother’s Day Walk

Celebrate Mother's Day in beautiful natural surroundings on a fun discovery walk down Gato Road.  We will visit the Sister and Mother Oaks and celebrate the beauty of spring's revival in the great outdoors.

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, May 12 .

When: May 14, 2017, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Trail (Talega) in San Clemente (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Lecture: Dangerous Snakes of Orange County

Join us as we learn all about dangerous snakes of Orange County: 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.

Ages: 8 and up

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

When: May 16, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 32

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, May 19. 2017

When: May 20, 2017, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 13 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Art in Nature

Spend a morning outdoors creating art in nature. Design and build natural masterpieces and practice drawing live animals using simple sketching techniques. All art skill levels welcome.

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

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

When: May 20, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • General: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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