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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: 68 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Presentation: Tarantulas and Other Many-Legged Critters of the Night

Did you know that in the evenings, male tarantulas wander around in search of food and females? They only live for about 1 year. Female tarantulas dig deep burrows in the ground and remain there, waiting for crickets and other insects to walk by and become dinner. They live for 20 years! Their relatives, the trap-door spiders, live in burrows in the ground. Some species build a hinged door over their burrow, and spring up when an insect walks across it. Black widow spiders mostly come out at night. When an insect gets stuck in its web, the spider rolls it up in silk, waits for it to quiet down, then bites and injects its venom. Soon after, the spider feeds on its dinner.

Aren’t you glad that you are too big to become dinner for a spider?!

Join us with guest speaker, Bob Allen, for an evening of photographs, stories, and specimens of tarantulas, other spiders, and night-time insects of Orange County.

Ages: 8 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, September 05.

When: September 5, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Guest House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 58 (out of 65)

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, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 71 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Tarantulas and Other Many-Legged Critters of the Night Walk

Join guest leader, Bob Allen, to get up close and personal with tarantulas and other arthropods! We'll be on the lookout for male tarantulas making their annual late summer search for females.  We will also look for trap-door spiders and other critters of the evening.

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 Friday, September 6.

When: September 7, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (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.

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

Subject: The Portola Expedition

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: September 7, 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

Morning Open Access Hiking on Cristianitos Road

Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll on The Ranch. This open access event allows you to walk the length of Cristianitos Road. Cristianitos Road is a paved road with views of Ranch pastures and preserved habitat on The Reserve. Explore the entire 7 miles (round trip) or just a mile or two - your choice.

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

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: September 8, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Road on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 38 (out of 40)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: 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 10, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 71 (out of 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: 18 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Knee High Naturalists: Treasures of Trees!

Leaves of green and trunks so tall...we love trees, we love them all! Relax in the shade of tall trees as we play with wooden toys and read books to learn about the treasures of trees. Go on an exploration walk to learn how people and animals use trees. Make and take your own treasured tree craft!

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, Sept 13th.

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

When: September 14, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 17 (out of 20)
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Morning Open Access Hiking on Cristianitos Road

Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll on The Ranch. This open access event allows you to walk the length of Cristianitos Road. Cristianitos Road is a paved road with views of Ranch pastures and preserved habitat on The Reserve. Explore the entire 7 miles (round trip) or just a mile or two - your choice.

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

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: September 15, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Road on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • 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 17, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 71 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Birds of Fall - Bird Safari

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 expert Gary Meredith while quietly combing The Reserve for our resident and migrant birds.

This is a birding 101 event and will partially take place alongside a private road overlooking oak groves, grasslands and more.  Participants will initially drive on the road from site to site to look and listen for a variety of birds and later take a stroll to view other birds on our trails.

We encourage you to wear neutral/natural colored clothing and to bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday Sept. 20

When: September 21, 2019, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 16 (out of 20)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
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Chiquita Canyon Recreation Hike

Enjoy a hike along the valley floor of Chiquita Canyon to Tesoro High School. 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: 6 miles (3 miles each way)
Ages: Recommended 10 and up

When: September 21, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Canyon
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Morning Open Access Hiking on Cristianitos Road

Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll on The Ranch. This open access event allows you to walk the length of Cristianitos Road. Cristianitos Road is a paved road with views of Ranch pastures and preserved habitat on The Reserve. Explore the entire 7 miles (round trip) or just a mile or two - your choice.

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

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: September 22, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Road on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 39 (out of 40)
  • 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: 69 (out of 75)
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Morning Open Access Hiking on Cristianitos Road

Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll on The Ranch. This open access event allows you to walk the length of Cristianitos Road. Cristianitos Road is a paved road with views of Ranch pastures and preserved habitat on The Reserve. Explore the entire 7 miles (round trip) or just a mile or two - your choice.

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

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: September 29, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Road on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • 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: October 1, 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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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: Coyotes

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

When: October 5, 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

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 Friday, Oct. 4.

When: October 5, 2019, 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
RSVP

Morning Open Access Hiking on Cristianitos Road

Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll on The Ranch. This open access event allows you to walk the length of Cristianitos Road. Cristianitos Road is a paved road with views of Ranch pastures and preserved habitat on The Reserve. Explore the entire 7 miles (round trip) or just a mile or two - your choice.

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

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: October 6, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Road on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • 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: October 8, 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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Knee High Naturalists: Halloween Hunt

Owls, spiders and bats…oh my! Come along as we explore these amazing creatures of Halloween time. Discover how owls fly silently, search for different types of spider webs, and play a game to learn how bats communicate in the dark of night. Make a “spook-tacular spider” craft to decorate your home this Halloween!

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, Oct 11th.

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

When: October 12, 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: 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

When: October 13, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Morning Open Access Hiking on Cristianitos Road

Enjoy a Sunday morning stroll on The Ranch. This open access event allows you to walk the length of Cristianitos Road. Cristianitos Road is a paved road with views of Ranch pastures and preserved habitat on The Reserve. Explore the entire 7 miles (round trip) or just a mile or two - your choice.

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

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Easy-moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 8 and up

When: October 13, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Road on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • 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: October 15, 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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Trail Mixer - Get to know The Reserve

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: October 16, 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Garage
Information: Available Spaces: 45
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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Wonders of Wildlife in Chiquita Canyon

Chiquita Canyon is home to many significant wildlife species. Walk along the canyon floor as we “read the dirt” to understand animal tracks and travel patterns. Learn how Rancho Mission Viejo’s wildlife corridors help animals in need of open space. Whether you’re an experienced animal enthusiast or a beginning wildlife explorer, this hike will be fun for everyone!

Interpretation Level: Medium
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 3 miles (1.5 miles each way)
Ages: Recommended 8 and up

When: October 19, 2019, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Chiquita Canyon
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • 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: Adult, 18 and older

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering for The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

When: October 19, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Where: RMV Presentation Center
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: 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: October 22, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Morning 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: Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 10 and up

When: October 24, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
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: October 29, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
RSVP

Morning 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: Strenuous
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way)
Ages: All. Recommended 10 and up

When: October 31, 2019, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Chiquita Ridge
Information: Available Spaces: 75
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child: Free
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