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.

Mistletoe and Winter Plant Walk

Join us for a Saturday morning walk. We will be on the lookout for mistletoe and seasonal fruit such as the "holly berry," beloved by birds. We will be walking on the Shady Canyon trail and learning about some of the native plants and animals of The Reserve. It will be a great morning to savor the smells, sights, sounds and breathtaking beauty of December in the wildlands. You will have the opportunity to decorate and take home your own mistletoe!

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 05.

When: December 6, 2014, 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
RSVP

Fun Finding Fungi Mushroom Walk

What are Mushrooms and Why Do We Care?

Why do they grow with Oaks?

Can I Touch Them? Can I Pick Them? Can I Eat Them?

How to Find, Photograph, and Identify Fungi.

Explore the fascinating world of wild mushrooms with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz. If we are fortunate and get rain, we might find a wide range of fungal forms and species.
Bring your camera and a small tripod, if you want.

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, December 12.

When: December 13, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (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, December 12.

When: December 13, 2014, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Christmas Bird Count

Join experienced birders for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Over the years, more than 80 species of birds have been seen at The Reserve. How many will we see in 2014? Join us and find out!! BRING: Binoculars & field guide if you have them. Visit Audubon's website to learn more about the CBC, one of the oldest "citizen science" events in the nation.

NOTE early start time of 7:00 AM. This bird count will take place alongside a private road.  Counters will drive from site to site to look, listen and count the birds.

Interpretation Level: None
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 10 and up

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

When: December 20, 2014, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Start the Year Off Right Hike

Start the new year with a winter morning nature hike. As you traverse trails with a naturalist as your guide, you can observe shades of winter color while listening for native bird calls. Come enjoy the company of fellow hiking enthusiasts, take in the fragrant aroma of dampened sage and breathe in cool winter air.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 2.

When: January 3, 2015, 8:00 am – 10:00 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

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, January 4.

When: January 5, 2015, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Migratory Bird Lecture

Comparison of weather radar data over the last 50 years has shown major declines in the numbers of birds along many of the major migratory routes, with estimates that in some cases, the numbers have dropped by 50-percent since the 1970s.  Recognition of these declines has intensified efforts to conserve migratory birds throughout the world, in order to protect this unique twice-annual event.  Come and hear about this awe inspiring phenomenon and learn what you can do to help.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered by Wednesday, January 7 by 2:00 pm.

When: January 7, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 30
  • Admission: Free
RSVP

Bird Walk to Horno Basin

Would you like to learn to identify some of our local feathered friends? Enjoy a winter afternoon with docent and bird expert Diane Etchison, 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 January 9th.

 

When: January 10, 2015, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Ladera Ranch - Terramor Community Garden
Information: Available Spaces: 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, January 9.

When: January 10, 2015, 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: 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, January 16th.

When: January 17, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult : $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP