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

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing and Photography

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

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public
May|15|2022-05-15
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
May|17|2022-05-17
FOR PUBLIC

Open Access on The Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy - Sycamore Trails

Free | All Ages | Easy - Moderate
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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residents
May|21|2022-05-21
FOR PUBLIC

Volunteer Orientation and Training

Free | 18 and Up
9:00 AM -11:30 AM

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volunteer
May|21|2022-05-21
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Afternoon Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Moderate - Strenuous
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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residents
May|24|2022-05-24
FOR PUBLIC

Weekday Trail Clearing & Weeding

Free | 10 and Up | Moderate
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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volunteer
May|25|2022-05-25
FOR PUBLIC

Knee-High Naturalists: Ready, Set...Summer!

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

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residents
Jun|4|2022-06-04
FOR PUBLIC

Acorns to Oaks

$5-$10| 6 and up | Easy
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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public
Jun|4|2022-06-04
FOR PUBLIC

Knee-High Naturalists: Ready, Set...Summer!

Free | 2-5 years | Easy
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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residents
Jun|4|2022-06-04
FOR PUBLIC

Reading with Rosy the Snake

Free | All Ages (recommended 4-6)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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residents
Jun|9|2022-06-09
FOR PUBLIC

Summer Day Camp - Amazing Animal Adaptations!

June 13 - June 17 | $220 | Ages: 6-11
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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public
Jun|13|2022-06-13
FOR PUBLIC

Volunteer Orientation and Training

Free | 18 and Up
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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volunteer
Jun|15|2022-06-15
FOR PUBLIC

Chiquita Canyon Summer Hike

Free | 12 & up | Moderate-Strenuous
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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residents
Jun|18|2022-06-18
FOR PUBLIC

Summer Day Camp - Travel Back in Time

June 20 - June 24 | $220 | Ages: 6-11
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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public
Jun|20|2022-06-20
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Evening Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Strenuous
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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residents
Jun|21|2022-06-21
FOR PUBLIC

Summer Day Camp - Survive the Wild!

June 27 - July 1 | $220 | Ages: 6-11
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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public
Jun|27|2022-06-27
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Evening Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Strenuous
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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residents
Jun|28|2022-06-28
FOR PUBLIC

Feathers and Fur! at Ladera Ranch Library

Free | 4 and up | Easy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Jul|11|2022-07-11
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Evening Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Strenuous
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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residents
Jul|12|2022-07-12
FOR PUBLIC

Reading with Rosy the Snake

Free | All Ages (recommended 4-6)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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residents
Jul|14|2022-07-14
FOR PUBLIC

Open Access on The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy-Gato/Middle Ridge Trails

Free | All | Easy to moderate
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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residents
Jul|16|2022-07-16
FOR PUBLIC

Knee-High Naturalists: Solar Power!

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

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residents
Jul|16|2022-07-16
FOR PUBLIC

Knee-High Naturalists: Solar Power!

Free | 2-5 years | Easy - Moderate
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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residents
Jul|16|2022-07-16
FOR PUBLIC

Inspect an Insect! at Ladera Ranch Library

Free | 4 and up | Easy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Jul|18|2022-07-18
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Evening Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Strenuous
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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residents
Jul|19|2022-07-19
FOR PUBLIC

Turtles, Tales, and Trails! - Family Walk

$5-$10 | 6 and up | Easy
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Jul|24|2022-07-24
FOR PUBLIC

Nature Art! at Ladera Ranch Library

Free | 4 and up | Easy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Jul|25|2022-07-25
FOR PUBLIC

Tuesday Evening Open Access on Chiquita Ridge

Free | All Ages | Strenuous
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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residents
Jul|26|2022-07-26
FOR PUBLIC

Gato Road/Middle Ridge Hike

$5-$10 | 10 & up | Moderate-Strenuous
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

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public
Jul|30|2022-07-30
FOR PUBLIC

Reptiles Rock! at Ladera Ranch Library

Free | 4 and up | Easy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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public
Aug|1|2022-08-01
FOR PUBLIC

Reading with Rosy the Snake

Free | All Ages (recommended 4-6)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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residents
Aug|11|2022-08-11
FOR PUBLIC

Chiquita Canyon Summer Hike

Free | 12 & up | Moderate-Strenuous
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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residents
Aug|13|2022-08-13

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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