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.

Fire Watch Training

Help out your community by becoming a South Orange County Fire Watch volunteer!

Training will focus on: understanding basic fire behavior, identifying signs of wildfire, dealing with suspect behavior, providing useful fire information, and contacting proper fire authorities.

When: July 28, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Ladera Ranch Fire Station 58
Information: Available Spaces: 0

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:  Moderate
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm, August 6.

When: August 7, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 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
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: 24 (out of 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 – 8:30 pm
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: 18 (out of 20)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Animal Adventures! Family Walk

Explore the Reserve on a family friendly adventure all about animals! Meet two live animal ambassadors native to southern California. Discover animal evidence along the trail as we learn about the common and endangered animals protected on the Reserve.

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

When: August 21, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child (6 -17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

Rise and Shine Fall Hike

Rise and Shine, and join us for a morning hike on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy. This 3.2-mile hike will traverse Gato Road and Middle Ridge trails. On this early autumn hike, enjoy views of Rainbow Mountain, a visit to the Sister Oak tree, and the sound of crunching leaves under your feet.

Interpretation Level: Low
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 3.2 miles
Ages: 8 and up

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm Friday, September 24th.

When: September 26, 2021, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8-17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
  • RMV Resident - Adult: Free
  • RMV Resident - Child (8-17): Free
RSVP

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