Aliso\Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Ronald W. Casper's Wilderness Park
Chino Hills State Park
Cleveland National Forest
Crystal Cove State Park
Dana Point Youth & Group Facility
Doheny State Beach
Environmental Nature Center
The Nature Conservancy
Inside the Outdoors
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Irvine Regional Park
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center
O'Neill Regional Park
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
San Clemente State Beach
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Santiago Park & Nature Reserve
Shipley Nature Center
Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Transportation Corridor Agencies
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Upper Newport Bay Naturalists & Friends
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

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Bob Allen - Orange County Wildflowers
Peter Bryant’s Natural History of OC
Stephanie Remington – Bats in Orange County

Orange County Wild
Family Adventure
Passport Program

Here's a chance to earn WILD prizes after attending guided nature walks at area wilderness parks. Download your Passport here or pick up a Passport at selected parks when you begin your adventure through the wildlands of Orange County. Attend five of the listed park programs, answer a few questions, and you earn an OC WILD patch and qualify for prize drawings.

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Volunteers Needed

If you have 4 or more hours to spare each month and enjoy the beautiful wilderness parks in Orange County, there is a park near you looking for volunteers.

For additional information, contact the Park Ranger or Interpretive Specialist at the park or wilderness reserve near you.

January   The greening of the hills with rain - Visit any of the parks.
Butterfly Display on Display at the O.C. Natural History Museum


The rains bring frogs and salamanders. Whales Migrate.
Gray Whale Fun Day - Crystal Cove State Beach
Orange County Natural History Museum - Aliso & Wood Canyons have frogs and toads on display


Wildflowers, migrating whales, grunion begin to run, and bird songs are more plentiful. Spring begins this month (Spring Equinox)
Bird Walks and Watching - Upper Newport Bay
Festival of the Whales - Dana Point Harbor, Doheny State Beach
Wildflower Walks - Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy
Vernal Equinox Nature Hike & Celebration - San Clemente State Beach
Geology Hike - O.C. Natural History Museum


Earth Day, Wildflowers, and Butterflies - Events County Wide
Earth Day Activities - Upper Newport Bay, Chino Hills, Crystal Cove State Beach
Annual Grunion Night - Doheny State Beach


Owls calling, butterflies flying, and maybe more wildflowers.
Owling Outings & Butterfly Workshops
Fiesta de las Aves - Peters Canyon
Butterfly Programs - San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Adventure - Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
State Parks Celebration - San Clemente State Beach
Nature Sciences Fair - O.C. Natural History Fair

June   Butterfly counts.
Ocean Discovery Day - Upper Newport Bay
Heritage Day - Oak Canyon Nature Center
Evening Campfire Programs - San Clemente State Park
Insect Programs - O.C. Natural History Museum

Bats are abundant.
Bat Walks - Rancho Mission Viejo Land Conservancy, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Annual Grunion Night - Doheny State Beach
Bird Camp - San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Campfire Programs - Doheny State Beach
Owl Program - O.C. Natural History Museum

August   Insects singing in the evenings and tarantulas walking.
Clear, warm, evenings are good for astronomy

Ranger Hikes - Caspers Wilderness Park
Star Programs - Riley Wilderness Park
Interpreting the Great Outdoors - Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
September   Spiders are weavng webs, Moths are flyng, insects are abundant.
Family Fossil Days - Ralph C. Clark Regional Park
Environmental Faire - Oak Canyon Nature Center
Watershed Clean-up  
October   Nature's Harvest.
Acorn Day - O'Neill Regional Park
Wilderness Experience Day - Chino Hills State Park
A Date with Nature - Donna O'Neil Land Conservancy
November   California Sycamores and Fall Colors.
Fall Migration - Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

The month of the winter solstice (longest night of the year);
Christmas Bird Counts, Mistletoe, and Monarch Butterflies.

Family Fossil Days - Ralph C. Clark Regional Park
Christmas Bird Count - San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Winter Solstice Hike - Crystal Cove State Beach