Saturday, April 18, 2015

CARBON CANYON REGIONAL PARK LAKE HOSTS FIRST FREE KIDS’ FISHING DERBY MAY 9


CARBON CANYON REGIONAL PARK LAKE HOSTS FIRST FREE KIDS’ FISHING DERBY MAY 9

(Brea, Calif.) – OC Parks, Sports Chalet and local fishing organization Team 57 are pleased to host the inaugural Kids’ Fishing Derby at the newly restored Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Children ages 15 and under will have the opportunity to fish for free during the Fishing Derby. The lake will be stocked with catfish and fishing experts will be on-site to assist the kids with their fishing skills.

Following the derby, a free hot dog lunch will be served, while supplies last, courtesy of Team 57 and all participating vendors. There will also be an opportunity drawing for kids to win prizes.

An adult must accompany all children at the event. Kids’ Fishing Derby will take place rain or shine. The event is free and parking is available for $5 per vehicle.

For more information visit http://ocparks.com

Kids’ Fishing Derby
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Address: 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823
Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/carbon/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Public Contact: (714) 973-3160 or carboncanyon@ocparks.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OC Parks April 2015 Calendar of Events

Here are some highlights from the OC Parks April Calendar of events, if you are looking for hiking ideas or other outdoor events this month, make sure to check out some of these great events!

OC Parks APRIL 2015 calendar of events

April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 – Modjeska House Tour 
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Docent-led tour of the historic house and grounds.
Location: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
Contact: (949) 923–2230
Cost: $5 per person
Special Instructions: Advance reservations required, call (949) 923-2230. Directions provided with reservations. 

April 1 - 4 – Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Regional Park 
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekends
Now through Saturday, April 4, the Easter bunny will be at Irvine Park Railroad for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The Easter Eggstravaganza will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt, where each egg will be filled with candy or a prize. The Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10 a.m. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Please visithttp://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/ for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs.
There will also be a moon bounce, hay ride, Easter cookie decorating, picture stands, carnival games, picture stands and face painting.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Parking: $3 per vehicle weekdays, $5 per vehicle weekends  
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: For more information, please visit: http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/content/easter-eggstravaganza

April 2 – Fitness Hike at Dilley   
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 South to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

April 2 – Bonkers for Bunnies – Preschool Program 
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Come learn all about bunnies and meet some up close! Class includes hands-on learning and fun crafts.
Location: Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Website: http://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. Please note the Easter-themed classes fill up quickly! For ages 3 to 4 years old. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

April 3 – 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 and nature walks. Come prepared for an exciting outdoor experience!
Location: Upper Newport Bay. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.  

April 4 – CPF Monthly Meeting 
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Interested in volunteering at Caspers Wilderness Park? Join our monthly volunteer meeting held in the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center. This is a great opportunity to learn just what volunteers do, as well as meet others who love nature, the outdoors and preserving the park for all. 
General business meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by an informative lecture presented by guest speakers at 10 a.m. April Guest Speaker – to be announced. 
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Ages 16 years and up. For more information, call the park office at (949) 923-2210.

April 4  – Redwood Hike
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Join OC Parks' trained staff on the first Saturday of the month for an easy 1.1-mile interpretive 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 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
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-3160
Special Instructions: All ages. Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes. Meet at Nature Center located at east end of the park. Reservations preferred, please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 – Guided Interpretive Hike
10 – 11 a.m.
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle 
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

April 4 – Family Hike
3 – 5 p.m.
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 South to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 – 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
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: All ages welcome!

April 5, 12, 19, 26 – Ranger Led 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.
Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Cost: Free Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2210
Special Instructions: Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes. Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended. Rain will cancel hike.

April 8 – Yoga Hike  
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.
Location: Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Parking: Free 
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat - Sun.

April 8 – Birds of Mason Regional Park
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Led by an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher, this is a beginner-friendly program about the birds of William R. Mason Regional Park. On an easy walk of 1/2 mile around Mason, we will view and discuss a variety of birds that use the park. We'll check for different types of ducks, geese, and grebes in the ponds. We’ll look and listen for songbirds on the trees and bushes. We may also spot shorebirds and hawks.
Location: Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Cost: Free Parking: $3 per vehicle   
Contact: (949) 923-2220
Special Instructions: Water, sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes are recommended. Bring your binoculars to get a better view of the birds! Turn left at the stop sign after the entrance gate and park in Parking Lot B. We will meet at the picnic table near the Ranger Office by the park entrance. Rain will cancel event.

April 9 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore 
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers
Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (949) 923-2235
Special Instructions:  Ages 15 and up. Online 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). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon – Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat - Sun.

April 9, 16, 23 – 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. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: $5 per student Parking: Free
Contact: (949) 923-2290
Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (949) 923-2275, or email unbic@ocparks.com to register.

April 10 – Down on the Farm – Preschool Program 
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Come learn all about farm animals including chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and more! 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: http://www.ocparks.com/oczoo/
Cost: $5 per child (one parent included) Parking: $3 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Special Instructions: For ages 3 to 4 years old. PHONE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846. Parent must accompany child for duration of program. Additional parents/siblings/family/friends must pay admission fee to enter zoo.

April 11 – 2nd Saturday Trail Work Day
8:30 – 11 a.m.
Come join park staff and our trail leaders by volunteering to assist with habitat restoration, non-native plant removal and trail work throughout Irvine Regional Park. Please wear jeans and durable shoes or boots. Park provides tools and gloves. Bring sunscreen, hat, snacks and water.
Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/
Cost: Free Parking: Free for volunteers 
Contact: (714) 973–6835
Special Instructions: Ideal for ages 12 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Large school groups/companies welcome, call (714) 973-6836 for group registration.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Great Weekend for a Hike in Riley Wilderness Park

Riley Wilderness Park is one of our favorite OC Parks to visit when looking for a short fun hike. We would even go as far as claim, in our opinion, that Riley Wilderness Park is one of the best hiking locations in Orange County, but we are admittedly biased because of our long history of exploring this wilderness area. Ashley and I got a chance to hike at Riley Wilderness Park this weekend and had a great time on this short easy hike.  We went in the evening when it cooled down and saw a coyote and about 10 different deer while on our hike. Here are some pictures from our hike to inspire everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors! For a full detailed trail write-up of Riley Wilderness Park, make sure to click Here.





Saturday, March 14, 2015

Survivorman Competition Will Place a Fan in the Wild with Les Stroud

Ashley and I saw this press release and thought some of our readers might be interested in auditioning.  Both Ashley and I have seen Survivorman in the past on the Discovery Channel and have generally enjoyed it.  Good luck to those who enter!


Survivorman Competition Will Place a Fan in the Wild with Les Stroud
Given no shelter, no food and no water, contest lets candidates put their talents to the test

Muskoka, Ontario – March 4, 2015 – Ever wonder what it’s like to be Survivorman? Now is your chance to find out, in the company of Survivorman Les Stroud, himself. The filmmaker and survival expert will be inviting one fan to join him in the wilderness, with no food, no water, no shelter and no camera crew, for an episode of Survivorman. To be considered, all you have to do is convince Stroud, via uploading a five to 10 minute video, that you’re the right person for the job.

Aspiring contestants can visit http://www.lesstroud.ca/survivorman-competition for details about the contest. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 1.

“Year after year, I’ve battled the elements, gotten lost at sea, had frightening run-ins with animals, and I’ve done it all alone, with only my camera,” says Stroud. “I’m ready for some company. If you’d like to join me in my wilderness journey—and you’re ready to take whatever curveballs Mother Nature will throw at you—I look forward to seeing your video.”

As the star of OLN Canada, the Science Channel U.S. and Discovery Channel’s survival show, Survivorman, Stroud can extract himself from just about any dire situation: he’s survived in a raft at sea, fought off the frigid cold, avoided bear attacks and more, logging a half-million miles trekking across the world in the process.

Known as the original genre creator of “Survival TV,” Survivorman is one of the highest rated shows in the history of OLN Canada, the Science Channel U.S. and Discovery Channel U.S., and remains the highest rated repeat show on the Discovery Channel. Survivorman is licensed for broadcast worldwide, with ratings in the US hitting 2 million on individual episodes.

Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to write, videotape and host an internationally broadcast series, alone. Now, he’s ready to share the wild with one winner.

“When creating a video, I want to emphasize that I’m not judging you by your survival skills,” says Stroud. “Rather, I’d prefer to see your personality, your filming ability and other unique qualities to get an idea of who you are and what you could bring to the show.” He says videos should be five minutes in length, and encourages contestants to share their video on social media, tagged #survivormanvideocontest.

In addition to his role as Survivorman, Stroud is a celebrated keynote speaker, musician and author. Two of his books, Survive! – Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere–Alive! (Harper Collins) and Will to Live, have made the New York Times bestseller list, and a third, Beyond Survivorman, delves more deeply into his life’s adventures. To date, Stroud and his team have been nominated for 19 Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Gemini’s) and won for Best Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality Competition Program or Series in 2015 and Best Writer in Non Fiction in 2013. Stroud also won the Executive Producers Award for Excellence at the Lewiston Film Festival and was nominated for Best Travel Writer at the Canadian National Magazine awards.

To see competition rules or upload your video, please visit http://www.lesstroud.ca/survivorman-competition or follow the competition online by subscribing to Les Stroud’s Twitter channel @reallesstroud and by keeping an eye on #SurvivormanVideoContest.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Great Weekend For Hike To Sitton Peak

This weekend, a small group of us went on a hike to the summit of Sitton Peak in the Cleveland National Forest. The weather could not have been any better and it was not a super crowded day on the hiking trail. If you have never been on a hike to Sitton Peak, Ashley and I would highly recommend it. It is one of our favorite hikes. The hike to Sitton Peak is a great hike in the Cleveland National Forest and is a must do for any hiker in Orange County or Southern California for that matter. The trail has always been in good shape every time Ashley and I have hiked here. To learn more about this moderate 9.8 mile hike, make sure to check out our detail hiking trail write-up, by clicking Here.  In the meantime, here are some pictures from the hike for you to enjoy!