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.

Virtual Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for a Learn from Home Volunteer Orientation and Training!

After you register we will send you an invitation and link to join us for a Zoom format meeting.

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.

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: June 16, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: 14 (out of 20)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Summer Solstice Sunset Hike

Celebrate the Solstice with a sunset hike on The Reserve. Surround yourself in nature and watch the sun set on the longest day of the year.

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 18.

When: June 19, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
Wait List

Summer Day Camp - Week Two: Savvy Survival Skills

Making a shelter, finding food, and purifying water…no problem! Campers connect to nature on a different level as they learn techniques to survive and thrive outdoors.

Your camper will embark on this nature adventure as they explore trails, outdoor play areas, trees, and more! Daily camp topics are reinforced through games, art projects, and hands-on activities. In addition to scheduled activities, campers are given supervised free time to experience nature on their own.

Dates:  June 21 - June 25, 2021
Time:  9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Ages: 6-11

For a discounted price on a week of camp, sign up for a yearly Family Level Supportership! Receive a discount on camp and attend most Reserve events for FREE throughout the year.

Please click here for safety measures and policies regarding camp and COVID-19

Junior Naturalist positions are full for this week.

When: June 21, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 0
  • Camper: $210.00
  • Camper (with Family Level Supportership): $190.00
Wait List

Summer Day Camp - Week Three: Eco-Heroes!

Eco-Heroes make every day Earth Day! During Eco-Heroes week, campers will unearth the importance and easy ways to personally care for the environment.

Your camper will embark on this nature adventure as they explore trails, outdoor play areas, trees, and more! Daily camp topics are reinforced through games, art projects, and hands-on activities. In addition to scheduled activities, campers are given supervised free time to experience nature on their own.

Dates:  June 28 - July 1, 2021
Time:  9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ages: 6-11

For a discounted price on a week of camp, sign up for a yearly Family Level Supportership! Receive a discount on camp and attend most Reserve events for FREE throughout the year.

Please click here for safety measures and policies regarding camp and COVID-19

Junior Naturalist positions are full for this week.

When: June 28, 2021, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 4 (out of 15)
  • Camper: $180.00
  • Camper (with Family Level Supportership): $165.00
RSVP

Virtual Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for a Learn from Home Volunteer Orientation and Training!

After you register we will send you an invitation and link to join us for a Zoom format meeting.

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.

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: July 14, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 20)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Friday Night Full Moon Hike

There's nothing like hiking under the light of a full moon. Let's explore The Nature Reserve under July's Full "Buck" Moon.

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

When: July 23, 2021, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 15
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (10-17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Call of the Wild Night Walk

Hoots, howls and other cries in the night are what we'll be listening for on this nighttime adventure on The Reserve.  Enjoy a night hike, as we learn about nocturnal animals and listen for the calls of the wild.

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, August 13.

When: August 7, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 12 (out of 15)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Residents: Free
RSVP

Early Morning 4 Mile Hike

Experience summer in the quiet wilds of The Reserve.  Summertime is full of sweet smells, bird calls, rustling trees, animal tracks, butterflies, insect songs and wild flowers. We will take advantage of the cool early summer morning on this 4 mile hike down Gato Road and up through Shady Canyon. We will pass through grasslands, coastal sage, and oak woodlands. Start your day with the peace and beauty of nature.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate, with some strenuous hills
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 13.

When: August 14, 2021, 6:30 am – 9:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Trail (Talega) in San Clemente (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Virtual Volunteer Orientation and Training

Please join us for a Learn from Home Volunteer Orientation and Training!

After you register we will send you an invitation and link to join us for a Zoom format meeting.

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.

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: August 18, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: 19 (out of 20)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

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