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.

Mistletoe and Winter Plant Walk

Join us for a Saturday morning walk. We will be on the lookout for mistletoe and seasonal fruit such as the "holly berry," beloved by birds. We will be walking on the Shady Canyon trail and learning about some of the native plants and animals of The Reserve. It will be a great morning to savor the smells, sights, sounds and breathtaking beauty of December in the wildlands. You will have the opportunity to decorate and take home your own mistletoe!

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

Please note: participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 10.

When: December 11, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 13 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free

Martin Luther King Jr. - Day of Service 2022

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 14.

When: January 17, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • Volunteers: Free

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.

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: January 22, 2022, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: Online Training
Information: Available Spaces: Unlimited
  • Volunteer: Free

Fossil Discoveries! - Family Event

Discover prehistoric animals that lived long ago as we explore fossils! Become a paleontologist as you excavate fossil evidence, dig for your own shark tooth, and make an ancient fossil craft.

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: All. Recommended 6 and up.

Please note: Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm Friday, January 28th.

When: January 29, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 21 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child (6-17): $5.00
  • Supporter: Free

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