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Martin Luther King Jr. - Day of Service 2019

Enjoy a morning of service with Reserve staff and fellow volunteers as we beautify the grounds of our headquarters and gardens. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off."

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

Please note: participants must be registered by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 18.

When: January 21, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Morning Hike on Chiquita Ridge

This is a strenuous trail with hills that follow the ridgeline between Sendero and Esencia. Both the hills and the views on this hike will leave you breathless. But don’t worry, you can hike at your own pace!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: January 22, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 66 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Ramble the Reserve - Watermelon Field Trail

Explore the beauty of The Reserve at your own pace. Take a self-guided hike, walk or ramble, through grasslands lined with oak and sycamore trees. This easy trail is an old Ranch road that runs parallel to San Juan Creek.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: all

 

When: January 26, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Watermelon Field Trailhead
Information: Available Spaces: 48 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Knee High Naturalists: Camouflage Critters

Fur, feathers or scales of brown, white and tan…try to find me if you can! Discover why animals have camouflage colors as we play hide and seek games on a walk through Oak Canyon. Make and take your own camouflage collage artwork.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Easy -  Moderate
Ages: 2 - 5 years

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 25th.

Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. However, please only register the participating child/ren.

When: January 26, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Esencia Farm Tables & Oak Canyon Trail
Information: Available Spaces: 9 (out of 15)
  • RMV Resident - Child 2-5 yrs: Free
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Morning Hike on Chiquita Ridge

This is a strenuous trail with hills that follow the ridgeline between Sendero and Esencia. Both the hills and the views on this hike will leave you breathless. But don’t worry, you can hike at your own pace!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: January 29, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 72 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Trail Mixer

Join us for an evening learning about The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo! Find out how you can explore the lands and the trails that make up The Reserve. Hear about The Reserve’s role in local habitat conservation and how you can have a part in this effort.

  • Get local wildlife and trail information
  • Meet staff and volunteers
  • Enjoy some light snacks and refreshments

A presentation about The Reserve will be from 6:40 pm – 7:10 pm. Stop by for short time or stay for the entire program.

When: January 30, 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Garage
Information: Available Spaces: 20 (out of 30)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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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. 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, February 1th.

When: February 2, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 16 (out of 30)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Caspers Park Foundation Nature Talk

Reservations are not necessary for this event.

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

Subject: Nighttime Bugs of Orange County

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@nullgmail.com or call 949-923-2210.

When: February 2, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Parking fee (paid at Caspers Park): $5.00
Free Event

Off The Reserve Hike - San Juan Loop Trail

Come along as we go "Off The Reserve"! Join a Reserve Naturalist as we explore local hiking trails not on The Reserve. On this hike, we’ll hike the San Juan Loop trail in the beautiful Cleveland National Forest.

Only a 30 minute drive from Ranch Mission Viejo, this trail traverses along seasonal creeks and waterfalls, old growth chaparral, and small meadows, where perhaps we will catch blooming wildflowers.

This hike is perfect for anybody wanting to check out other local hiking trails, but you are not sure where to go, or what to expect. Let us be your guide!

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 2.1 mile loop, 400' elevation gain
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 1. This is an RMV exclusive event.

When: February 2, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: San Juan Loop Trail
Information: Available Spaces: 2 (out of 20)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Monday Trail Clearing and Weeding

Start off your week by working on maintaining Reserve land while enjoying a walk through nature. We will spend a couple of hours cleaning up the trails of The Reserve that traverse through oak woodlands and grasslands.

Drinks, snacks, gloves and tools are provided. We recommend bringing your own 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 Sunday, February 3.

When: February 4, 2019, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Volunteers: Free
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Morning Hike on Chiquita Ridge

This is a strenuous trail with hills that follow the ridgeline between Sendero and Esencia. Both the hills and the views on this hike will leave you breathless. But don’t worry, you can hike at your own pace!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: February 5, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 74 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Lecture: Getting Friendly with Fungi

Explore the fascinating world of the kingdom Fungi with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz. She will describe methods for locating and identifying wild mushrooms in Southern California and beyond, as well as understanding their place in nature – oaks, pines, orchids and more are dependent on fungal associations. We will hear tales of fungal folklore and consider eating and growing them. Joanne will bring her collection of mushroom hunting gear and ID resources … and mushrooms too, if they are fruiting locally.

Her collecting in 2017 has focused in the Redwoods and southern Sierra, as well as Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Her presentation will feature recent finds from these locations.

For a reference flyer by Joanne, please click HERE.

For more information on Joanne, please click HERE.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, February 7.

When: February 7, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Guest House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 42 (out of 50)

Middle Ridge Hike

Join us for an invigorating, steady-paced hike starting off at the majestic, 500 year-old Mother Oak. Enjoy spectacular views of The Reserve in late winter as we hike up Middle Ridge, over to Wilson’s Camp and return through Shady Canyon.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 8th.

When: February 9, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:30 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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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.

For a list of references by Joanne, please click HERE.

For more information on Joanne, please click HERE.

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, February 8.

When: February 10, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 12 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Morning Hike on Chiquita Ridge

This is a strenuous trail with hills that follow the ridgeline between Sendero and Esencia. Both the hills and the views on this hike will leave you breathless. But don’t worry, you can hike at your own pace!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: February 12, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 71 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: 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: 18 and up

 

When: February 13, 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: Free
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After School Community Service

Join our staff for monthly after school service hours at the beautiful Reserve Headquarters on the Ortega Highway, nestled between the San Juan Creek and foothills covered in oak woodlands. The service project site hosts school field trips, summer camps and other programs. Maintaining the space allows for a safer and more enjoyable experience for all of its visitors. Earn volunteer service hours while giving back to the community!

Drinks, snacks, gloves and tools are provided! We recommend bringing your own 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 Thursday, February 14.

When: February 15, 2019, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 20
  • Volunteer - ages 16 and older: Free
  • Volunteer - under age of 16 (must be accompanied by parent/guardian): Free
RSVP

Morning Hike on Chiquita Ridge

This is a strenuous trail with hills that follow the ridgeline between Sendero and Esencia. Both the hills and the views on this hike will leave you breathless. But don’t worry, you can hike at your own pace!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: February 19, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Knee High Naturalists: Once Upon a Creek

Come take a peek at what lives in a creek! Learn about treasured toads and bashful birds as we discover how to care for the animals that call San Juan Creek home. Take an exploration walk near the creek and create a “toad-ally” awesome craft to take home!

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Easy -  Moderate
Ages: 2 - 5 years

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 22nd.

Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. However, please only register the participating child/ren.

When: February 23, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 5 (out of 15)
  • RMV Resident - Child 2-5 yrs: Free
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Sounds of Nature - Family Walk

Enjoy a walk through oak woodlands as we listen for bird songs while becoming beginner birders, learn about animal adaptations including the sounds they make and discover the history of Native American legends. We will get crafty and make our own instruments from natural and recycled materials. Close your eyes and listen closely as we explore the sounds of nature!

Activities geared for ages 6 - 11 years, but everyone 6 and up is welcome to participate.

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

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 22nd.

When: February 23, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 21 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Shooting Stars Wildflower Walk

Local wildflower expert Bob Allen will lead an exploration of The Reserve looking for early wildflowers like the Padre Shooting Star. Learn to identify blooms and savor the smells, sights, sounds and breathtaking beauty of winter.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 8:00 pm on Friday, February 22rd.

When: February 23, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Morning Hike on Chiquita Ridge

This is a strenuous trail with hills that follow the ridgeline between Sendero and Esencia. Both the hills and the views on this hike will leave you breathless. But don’t worry, you can hike at your own pace!

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: February 26, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Sierra Sage Hike

Join the Sierra Sage chapter of the Sierra Club to enjoy the beautiful, natural scenery of The Reserve.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th.

When: March 6, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 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. 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, March 8.

When: March 9, 2019, 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 30
  • 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 4:00 pm on Thursday, March. 21.

When: March 21, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Guest House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 50
  • General Admission: Free
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Knee High Naturalists: I Love Bugs!

Bugs that fly, hop or crawl...discover why we love them all! Let’s bring out the magnifying glasses as we investigate the largest animal group on the planet, insects! Come along on a “bug hunt” exploration walk and make your own “bug hotel” to show your love for these amazing, tiny creatures.

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 2 - 5 years

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 22nd.

Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. However, please only register the participating child/ren.

When: March 23, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Sendero Tot Lot at Brioso St./Faisan St.
Information: Available Spaces: 10 (out of 15)
  • RMV Resident - Child 2-5 yrs: Free
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