What’s Going On In OC Parks for July | @OCParks

Love being outdoors?  OC Parks have a HUGE list of events going on throughout Orange County.  Here are some of the events designed specifically for families with the littlest adventurers in mind.
 
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July 2, 13, 16, 27 – Modjeska House Tour 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Mailing Address Online: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/modjeskahouse/
Cost: $5 per person
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required. Call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations.
 
July 4, 11, 18, 25 – Tideland Tykes
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join our preserve staff for a fun-filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email [email protected] to register.
 
 
July 4 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Breach the Summit with A+ Dropouts 6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. Breach the Summit and A+ Dropouts will perform for a special 4th of July celebration at Mason Regional Park.  
 
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ’s ROQ N’ Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Website: www.ocparks.com/masonpark
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2220
 
 
July 4 – Fireworks Spectacular over the Lake  
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 4th of July with friends and neighbors! Sponsored by the City of Laguna Niguel ad co-sponsored by OC Parks. The show will begin shortly after the concert at Crown Valley Park finishes. The park closes at 9 p.m. but spectators can stay until the fireworks show is over.
Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/lagunaniguelpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $7 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2240
Special Instructions: Bring a flashlight and something to sit on in the dirt/grass. Contact City of Laguna Niguel at (949) 425-5100. For more details, visit:  https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/DocumentCenter/View/8191
 
 
July 5 – Animal Art – Toddler Program 
10 – 11 a.m.
Join us for an hour of fun and creativity with an animal theme! Come ready to get a little messy! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

 

July 5, 12, 19, 26 – Wild Tales
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Visit with Preserve staff for story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay/  
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 8 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email [email protected] to register.  

 

July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Nature Walk
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2260
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance. Event is conditional on the weather.

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July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 – Redwood Grove Hike
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks’ trained staff on an easy 1.1 mile hike to the park’s Coastal Redwood grove. You will use your 5 senses to engage with nature as you stroll to the Redwoods. You will also have an opportunity to learn about our native plants along the way. The hike begins each Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from the park’s Nature Center. Don’t forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/carboncanyon/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages.
 
 
July 6 – Walk in Our Wild Side Nature Walk
10 – 11 a.m.
Join a Park Naturalist on an easy walk approximately 1 mile long in our Natural Area. See birds, hawks, insects, butterflies, and native plants. Recommended: Hat, binoculars, drinking water, and comfortable shoes.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/milesquare/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
Special Instructions: Meet at the entrance of the Natural Area just located next to Parking Lot F. Event conditional on the weather.

 

July 6, 20 – Snake Talk 
3 – 4 p.m.
Are you fascinated with snakes and want to learn more about the snakes that call OC Parks home? Now is your chance! Join Park Ranger Carroll as she shares what she has learned about snakes in the last 26 years working out in the field and in the classroom. You will learn how to identify non-venomous vs. venomous snakes; how to react to a snake if you encounter one out on the trail; their importance in the food chain; and how they help to keep our planet healthy! Ranger Carroll will introduce you to Rosita, the park’s friendly rosy boa. See you at the park!
Location: Riley Wilderness Park. 30952 Oso Parkway, Coto de Caza, CA 92679
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/rileypark/
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923–2265

 

July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Ranger Led Campfire Program
8 – 9 p.m.
Join us Saturday night at the amphitheater for this Ranger led talk on local animal life, set to the glow of fire light. This event is only open to those camping at O’Neill Regional Park. No access for day use after sunset.
Location: O’Neill Regional Park. 30982 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
Website: www.ocparks.com/oneillpark/
Cost: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2260 or (949) 923-2256
Special Instructions: Event is outdoors and dependent on weather conditions. 

 

July 6 – Campfire Program – Star Party
8 – 11 p.m.
Come for a grand tour of the universe!  Join Volunteer Allan along with other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the ringed planet of Saturn and the wonders of the sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters, double stars and maybe a comet. Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn many myths and facts about the cosmos. You can bring your binoculars if you want, and feel free to ask questions.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather)! If cloudy, regular campfire program will take place from 8 – 9 p.m. Subject varies.

 

July 7, 14, 21, 28 – Nature Hike
8 – 9 a.m.
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. If rain, hike canceled.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions:  For more information, call the park at (949) 923-2210.  Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes. Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended. 
 
 
July 7 – Nature Center Open 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Nature Center open the first Sunday of each month. Join a Park Ranger for a tour of the nature center and learn about local history, flora and fauna.
Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
Website: https://ocparks.com/santiagooaks/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6620
 
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July 11 – Animals In My Backyard – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Come learn about animals that you can find in your own backyard! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one adult included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

 

July 11 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Micah Brown with Nicole Vaughn
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. July 11 welcomes singer songwriter Micah Brown with Nicole Vaughn at Mason Regional Park.
 
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ’s ROQ N’ Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Website: www.ocparks.com/masonpark
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2220
 
 
July 13 – Animal Art – Program for 5-8 year olds 
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join us for an hour of fun and creativity with an animal theme! Come ready to get a little messy! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting animals up close. Please see special instructions.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 5 to 8 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.

 

July 13, 27 – Family Hike  
3 – 5 p.m.
Come and enjoy an easy, family 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain). Starting at Nix Nature Center we will hike one of the most diverse areas under a canopy of Oaks to Barbara’s lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast/
Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 497-8324
Special Instructions:  Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

  

July 13, 20, 27 – Campfire Program
8 – 9 p.m.
Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome! Note: held only on evening with clear skies (good weather) only! If cloudy, regular campfire program will take place from 8 – 9 p.m. Subject varies.
 
July 18 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Hindu Pirates with Cali Conscious
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. Surf garage rock group Hindu Pirates will perform with Cali Conscious on July 18 at Mile Square Regional Park.
 
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ’s ROQ N’ Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/milesquare/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6600
 
July 19 – “Treat” Marking for the Animals 
10 – 11 a.m.
Come help us create “toys” and “treats” for our zoo animals to play with! Each child please bring 2 empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls to class. Class includes meeting zoo animals up close.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 5 to 8 years old.  Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.
 
 
July 25 – 2013 Summer Concert Series – Hunter Hunted with DJ Velvet Touch
6 – 8 p.m.
OC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach will present local musical artists performing live in the outdoors June through August. July 25 will present Hunter Hunted with DJ Velvet Touch.
 
All of the OC Parks Summer Concerts are part of The World Famous KROQ’s ROQ N’ Surf summer series. Shows are from 6 to 8 p.m., free concert admission with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will have food available for purchase at each location. Friends and families are invited to come out and enjoy great local live music under the stars at OC Parks this summer season.
Location: Mile Square Regional Park. 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/milesquare/
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (714) 973-6600
 
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July 26 – What’s For Lunch – Toddler Program
10 – 11 a.m.
Come find out what the zoo animals eat for lunch and dinner! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close. Please see special instructions.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: https://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one adult included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. For ages 3 to 4 years old. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo. Please note spaces fill quickly for toddler classes.
 
OC ParksThe OC Parks system encompasses 26 regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring nearly 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County’s award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves.OC Parks offers wilderness hikes. Campgrounds. World-class mountain biking. Nature centers. Nationally recognized historic sites. Fishing. Surfing. And the list goes on. Whether a visitor comes to jog or camp; whether a family holds a reunion at a park or meets friends at the beach, OC Parks offers everything you need to make every day a great one.  https://www.ocparks.com

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