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.

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 Nature Reserve Volunteer. Learn about The Nature 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 Nature Reserve lands through conservation and education.

 Ages: Adult, 18 and up

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

When: December 7, 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 24 (out of 25)
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Under a Full Oak Moon Walk

Enjoy a stroll under the light of a Full Oak Moon. We'll enjoy a walk through oak and sycamore trees as we watch and listen for wildlife.

When: December 7, 2022, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 23 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8 and up): $5.00
RSVP

Holiday Nature Crafting

Create treasured keepsakes and personalized gifts made from natural and recycled materials. Enjoy making winter plant bundles, pinecone crafts, handprint paintings, and more!

Ages:  All

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

When: December 11, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Ranch Camp, Rienda
Information: Available Spaces: 25 (out of 50)
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child: $5.00
RSVP

Winter New Year Hike

Start the year off right with an energizing and invigorating winter morning hike. Enjoy a moderately-paced 3.5 mile hike taking you along an old ranch road lined with oaks, then up to North Ridge for expansive views of winter scenery, and back along Shady Canyon with wintering birds calling in the trees.

Interpretation Level: Low
Trail Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail Length: 3.5 miles
Ages: 10 and up

Participants must be registered or on the wait list by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 6th.

When: January 8, 2023, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Cristianitos Trail (Talega) in San Clemente (The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy)
Information: Available Spaces: 22 (out of 25)
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Supporter: Free
RSVP

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 Nature Reserve Volunteer. Learn about The Nature 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 Nature Reserve lands through conservation and education.

 Ages: Adult, 18 and up

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

When: January 14, 2023, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Martin Luther King Jr. - Day of Service 2023

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 13.

When: January 16, 2023, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Headquarters
Information: Available Spaces: 42 (out of 43)
  • Volunteers: Free
RSVP

Astronomy Night

Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the night sky, learn the constellations, and peer through the telescopes of our guest astronomers. The Nature Reserve astronomers are all volunteers who enthusiastically share their telescopes and expert sky knowledge with you. (What to bring: warm clothing, flashlight with red cellophane/lens to reduce light pollution, binoculars, optional beach chair.)

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 8 and up

 

When: January 28, 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8-17): $5.00
RSVP

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 Nature Reserve Volunteer. Learn about The Nature 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 Nature Reserve lands through conservation and education.

 Ages: Adult, 18 and up

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

When: February 8, 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Ranch House in Rancho Mission Viejo
Information: Available Spaces: 25
  • Volunteer: Free
RSVP

Astronomy Night

Enjoy an evening outdoors, as you gaze into the night sky, learn the constellations, and peer through the telescopes of our guest astronomers. The Nature Reserve astronomers are all volunteers who enthusiastically share their telescopes and expert sky knowledge with you. (What to bring: warm clothing, flashlight with red cellophane/lens to reduce light pollution, binoculars, optional beach chair.)

Interpretation Level: High
Difficulty Level: Easy
Ages: 8 and up

 

When: February 25, 2023, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
Information: Available Spaces: 40
  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child (8-17): $5.00
RSVP

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