Visitation and exploration of The Nature Reserve is managed by The Reserve Connection. The Reserve Connection is a public 501(c) (3) non-profit, that serves to provide opportunities to the community to visit and enjoy The Nature Reserve. Through the many hikes, walks, astronomy programs, family events, and volunteer opportunities offered, visitors can discover and learn about the importance of the habitat reserve.

Upcoming Events
FOR PUBLIC

Knee-High Naturalists: I Spy a Bird!

Free | 2-5 years | Easy
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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Jan|21|2023-01-21
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Jan|24|2023-01-24
FOR PUBLIC

Wednesday Afternoon Open Access on Watermelon Field Trail

Free | All Ages | Easy
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Jan|25|2023-01-25
FOR PUBLIC

Reading with Rosy the Snake

Free | 2-5 years | Easy
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Jan|26|2023-01-26
FOR PUBLIC

Lunch with Laura and Leeta

Free | All Ages (recommended 8 & up)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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public
Jan|26|2023-01-26
FOR PUBLIC

Saturday Morning Open Access on Watermelon Field Trail

Free | 6 & Up | Easy
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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residents
Jan|28|2023-01-28
FOR PUBLIC

Astronomy Night

$5 - $10 | 8 & up | Easy
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Jan|28|2023-01-28
FOR PUBLIC

Trail Mixer - Get to Know The Nature Reserve

Free | All Ages (recommended 8 & up)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Jan|29|2023-01-29
FOR PUBLIC

Coffee, Tea, and the Birds

Free | 12 & up | Easy-moderate
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Jan|31|2023-01-31
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Jan|31|2023-01-31
FOR PUBLIC

Wednesday Afternoon Open Access on Watermelon Field Trail

Free | All Ages | Easy
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Feb|1|2023-02-01
FOR PUBLIC

Chiquita Canyon 6-Mile Hike

Free | 12 & up | Moderate
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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residents
Feb|4|2023-02-04
FOR PUBLIC

February Full Moon Hike

$5-$10 | 8 & up | Moderate
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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public
Feb|5|2023-02-05
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Feb|7|2023-02-07
FOR PUBLIC

Wednesday Afternoon Open Access on Watermelon Field Trail

Free | All Ages | Easy
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Feb|8|2023-02-08
FOR PUBLIC

Volunteer Orientation and Training

Free | 18 and Up
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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volunteer
Feb|8|2023-02-08
FOR PUBLIC

Getting Friendly with Fungi - Food, drinks, and fun(gi)!

$20 | 21 & up
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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public
Feb|9|2023-02-09
FOR PUBLIC

Fun Finding Fungi Walk

$15 | 16 & up | Easy
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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public
Feb|11|2023-02-11
FOR PUBLIC

Knee-High Naturalists: Loving Nature

Free | 2-5 years | Easy
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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residents
Feb|11|2023-02-11
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Feb|14|2023-02-14
FOR PUBLIC

Trail Clearing & Weeding

FREE | 10 & Up | Moderate
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Feb|18|2023-02-18
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Feb|21|2023-02-21
FOR PUBLIC

Reading with Rosy the Snake

Free | 2-5 years | Easy
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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public
Feb|23|2023-02-23
FOR PUBLIC

Astronomy Night

$5 - $10 | 8 & up | Easy
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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public
Feb|25|2023-02-25
FOR PUBLIC

Shooting Stars Wildflower Walk

$5-$15 | 10 and up | Easy-Moderate
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Feb|26|2023-02-26
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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99

residents
Feb|28|2023-02-28
FOR PUBLIC

Trail Clearing & Weeding

FREE | 10 and Up | Moderate
8:00 - 11:00 AM

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public
Mar|4|2023-03-04
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
Mar|7|2023-03-07
FOR PUBLIC

Leprechaun Hunt: 10:00am - 11:30am

$10 | All. Recommended 5 and up | Easy
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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public
Mar|11|2023-03-11
FOR PUBLIC

Leprechaun Hunt: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

$10 | All. Recommended 5 and up | Easy
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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public
Mar|11|2023-03-11
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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99

residents
Mar|14|2023-03-14
FOR PUBLIC

Weekend Open Access on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy

Free | All. Recommended 6 and up | Easy-Moderate
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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residents
Mar|18|2023-03-18
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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99

residents
Mar|21|2023-03-21
FOR PUBLIC

Volunteer Orientation and Training

Free | 18 and Up
9:00 AM -10:30 AM

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99

volunteer
Mar|25|2023-03-25
FOR PUBLIC

Astronomy Night

$5 - $10 | 8 & up | Easy
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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99

public
Mar|25|2023-03-25
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | Recommended 10 & Up | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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99

residents
Mar|28|2023-03-28

Rancho Mission Viejo Resident Only Events:

  • Some events are exclusively for residents of Rancho Mission Viejo.
  • Registration for these events require proof of a current address in Rancho Mission Viejo.

All Events Specify A Minimum Age For Participation:

  • Six (6) is the minimum age for most Nature Reserve programs.
  • 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 Nature 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.

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