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.

Our Moon: Its Origin and Features

In this informative presentation, volunteer astronomer, Spencer Murray, will answer questions you may have about our Moon. What is the origin of the Moon? What are the features of the Moon and how did they get there?

After the presentation, our telescopes will be trained on the Moon plus additional objects visible in our night sky.

(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, Sept. 8.

When: September 10, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Adventures of an Acorn!

An acorn’s adventure begins as a seed…until one day it grows into a mighty oak tree! Join us for an acorn adventure walk as we discover the many uses of acorns. Learn how animals and people depend on this important resource through fun activities, games and crafts!

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, September 9th.

When: September 10, 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
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Caspers Park Foundation Nature Talk

Reservations are not necessary for this event. Please call Caspers Park Foundation for accurate seat availability.

This nature-themed lecture is held in association with the monthly meeting of Caspers Park Foundation (CPF) volunteers.

Subject: The Stories Behind the Caspers Park Murals

This event is presented by the Caspers Park Foundation. For information regarding this event, please contact the Caspers Park Foundation. For more info, email: CaspersParkFoundation@gmail.com or call 949-923-2210.

When: September 10, 2016, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: 10
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00
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Volunteer Orientation and Basic 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: September 14, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: Free
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Full Harvest Moon Hike

Take in the moonlit coast live oaks and sycamores on a docent-led hike through The Reserve.  Learn more about how people in the past and in the present have harvested food on the land.

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 Thursday, September 15.

When: September 16, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 11 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
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Bird Walk to Horno Basin

Would you like to learn to identify some of our local feathered friends? Enjoy an early summer morning with docent bird expert Tom Eastman, 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 Sept. 16.

When: September 17, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Ladera Ranch - Terramor Community Garden
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Lecture: Fire Ecology

Join us and become more knowledgeable about the history and ecological role of wildland fire in Orange County, specifically on Rancho Mission Viejo. Get a better understanding of fire behavior, extreme fire weather, Red Flag Alerts and what this means to you.  Learn about the techniques used to manage vegetation in a wildland setting, what is fuel modification and how you can harden your home. See how the California Building Code and the California Fire Code influence new home construction.

Learn about the South County Fire Watch program and how you can become a Fire Watch volunteer.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 2:00 pm, September 20.

When: September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Guest House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 25 (out of 30)

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
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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: 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, 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
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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: 20 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
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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: 29 (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: 30
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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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: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Resident: Free
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