Third Annual OC Parks Wilderness Celebration in Black Star Canyon takes place on Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will introduce children and adults alike to the wide open spaces right here in Orange County with all kinds of family activities.
The day will begin with trails opening at 8 a.m., and kids’ activities kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Trails will be open to hikers and bikers until 1 p.m. Participants should note that for the safety of pets and preservation of local wildlife, dogs are not allowed in the Irvine Ranch Open Space at any time.
There will be two staging areas: The Black Star and Baker.
Events at The Black Star Staging Area:
- An all-terrain fire fighting rig
- Ready, Set, Go! display from Orange County Fire Authority
- Free event souvenirs and giveaways.
Events at The Baker Staging Area:
- Crafts & Games
- Meet real canyon critters
- Tracking and Trail games
- Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Walk
The annual event commemorates the gift of 20,000 acres of open space to the County of Orange, and the land is part of nearly 40,000 acres of the former Irvine Ranch that have been designated as both a National and California Natural Landmark for its rare biological and geological features.
The Third Annual OC Parks Wilderness Celebration is free, and pre-registration is encouraged to save time on the day of the event adults can register up to five people at once through the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks website. Information and registration is available atwww.irlandmarks.org/activities.