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.

Early Morning Nature Hike

Experience autumn in the quiet wilds of The Reserve and enjoy the sweet smells, bird songs, rustling trees, animal tracks, insect songs and wildflowers of this special season. We will take advantage of the cool early morning while we hike up Northridge Trail, down to Shady Canyon and around the Sycamore Loop Trail.   We will pass through grasslands, coastal sage, and oak woodlands.   Start your day with the peace and beauty of nature!

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 10.

When: October 11, 2014, 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $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 10.

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

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 spring morning with docent and bird enthusiast Tom Eastman, 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.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday. Oct. 17.

When: October 18, 2014, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter : Free
RSVP

Owl Pellet Detectives

Join the fun while learning about owls and their pellets on this family friendly program. An owl swallows small prey whole - skulls, bones, claws, feathers and fur. The stuff it can't digest is formed into a pellet which the owl coughs up through its mouth. 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

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

When: October 19, 2014, 9:00 am – 11:00 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

Day of the Dead Night Hike

Death is a natural process, and vital in supporting new life and growth on The Reserve.  Let's use this traditional holiday to explore The Reserve with a night hike focused on the importance of death, decomposition and renewal.

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 October 31.

When: November 1, 2014, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 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, November 2.

When: November 3, 2014, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Crafting Nature Workshop

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but they also make great materials for fun crafts!  Join us as we create crafty masterpieces using natural and recycled materials.  This is a perfect opportunity to make gifts for the holidays or to craft something to decorate your room, house or yard.

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

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4.

When: November 5, 2014, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • General Admission: $5.00
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! 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, November 7.

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

Animal Tracking Family Walk

Come out on a beautiful autumn morning and become a wildlife detective! Learn about animal tracking and discover clues that animals leave behind. This walk will teach you how to find and identify different kinds of animal tracks and signs.  Geared towards children, but all ages welcome!

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

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

When: November 15, 2014, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (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, November 21.

When: November 22, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 12 (out of 25)
  • Adult Admission: $10.00
  • Child Admission: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP