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Sunset Hike on Chiquita Ridge - Open Access

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: July 16, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 41 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Chiquita Canyon Summer Hike

Enjoy a summer morning hike along the valley floor of Chiquita Canyon. This hike will take place along an old ranch road which runs along the canyon floor. Take in views of Chiquita Ridge above and Ranch agriculture along the way.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 4 miles (2 miles each way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: July 20, 2019, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Canyon
Information: Available Spaces: 12 (out of 25)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Wildlife Explorers! at Ladera Ranch Library

High-flying hawks and dashing deer....come explore the animals living here! Become a wildlife explorer as we learn about the amazing animals of Orange County. Meet a live animal, learn to identify tracks and investigate animal evidence, such as bones and fur.

Ages: Recommended 5 - 10 years old

Please note: Registration not required, walk-ins welcome. Event is Open House style. Ladera Ranch Library located at: 29551 Sienna Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694.

When: July 22, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Ladera Ranch Library
Information: Available Spaces: 35 (out of 40)
  • General Admission: Free
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Sunset Hike on Chiquita Ridge - Open Access

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: July 23, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 70 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Morning Hike on the Watermelon Field Trail - Open Access

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. This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All

When: July 25, 2019, 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Watermelon Field Trailhead
Information: Available Spaces: 74 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Comets and Asteroids – Visitors from our Solar System

Comets and Asteroids – Visitors from our Solar System” is a nontechnical presentation answering such questions as, What’s the difference between a Comet and an Asteroid?, Where do they come from?, Why do Comets have two tails?, What is the origin of meteor showers?, Where would you most likely find a meteorite?, and many more.

Ages: 8 and up

Please note:  Participants must be registered by 2:00 pm on Thursday, July. 25

When: July 25, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Studio, Esencia
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 35)

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, July 26.

When: July 27, 2019, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0

Ramble the Reserve - Open Access Event

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: July 27, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 91 (out of 100)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Sunset Hike on Chiquita Ridge - Open Access

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: July 30, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 68 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Morning Hike on the Watermelon Field Trail - Open Access

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. This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All

When: August 1, 2019, 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Watermelon Field Trailhead
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Summer Love for Chiquita Canyon

What do you love about summer? The long, bright sunny days? Water play and refreshing cool beverages? Discover more to love about summer as we hike Chiquita Canyon in search of vibrant prickly pear flowers, sour lemonade berries and sun-loving reptiles.

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

When: August 3, 2019, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: Chiquita Canyon
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Summer Community Service Hours

Students...Complete your service hours this summer by volunteering 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 Friday, August 2.

When: August 5, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 18 (out of 20)
  • Volunteer - ages 16 and older: Free
  • Volunteer - under age of 16 (must be accompanied by parent/guardian): Free
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Sunset Hike on Chiquita Ridge - Open Access

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: August 6, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 70 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Morning Hike on the Watermelon Field Trail - Open Access

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. This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All

When: August 8, 2019, 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Watermelon Field Trailhead
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Knee High Naturalists: Summer Science

Summertime is the best time for messy and fun outdoor science. Spend a morning in the fresh air as we experiment with fizzy ice chalk, build rainbow volcanoes and cool off with some water play!

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

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 9th.

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

When: August 10, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Esencia Green
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 18)
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Sunset Hike on Chiquita Ridge - Open Access

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: August 13, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 72 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Morning Hike on the Watermelon Field Trail - Open Access

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. This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All

When: August 15, 2019, 6:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Watermelon Field Trailhead
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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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: August 15, 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: Free
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So Long Summer Family Walk

Say so long to summer with a morning walk in nature. Observe how plants and animals on The Reserve survive the summer and prepare for fall. Make and take a summer themed craft.

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, August 16.

When: August 17, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Evening Open Access Hiking 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!

This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

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

When: September 3, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Open Access Day on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy

Explore the beauty of The Reserve at your own pace!

Ramble the Reserve events are open-access events.  Participants explore by hiking or walking through designated trails available for self-guided access. Take time to explore the local plant communities and beautiful scenery.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate. You choose the route
Ages: All Ages.

When: September 7, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Evening Open Access Hiking 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!

This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

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

When: September 10, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: 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

When: September 13, 2019, 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

Evening Open Access Hiking 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!

This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

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

When: September 17, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Evening Open Access Hiking 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!

This is a non-guided program. Trail maps and information are provided at the event.

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

When: September 24, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

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