April 25, 2015
8:00 AMLet's Go Hiking!

Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven.

  • Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes.
  • Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.
April 25, 2015
8:00 AMThe Survive and Thrive Run/ Walk Health & Safety Expo & 2015 OC Crime Victims' Monument GroundbreakingThe Survive and Thrive Run/ Walk Health & Safety Expo & 2015 OC Crime Victims' Monument Groundbreaking will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The speaking program including the OC Crime Victims’ Monument groundbreaking ceremony and survivor’s dove release will begin at 8 a.m. It will be followed at 9 a.m. by the Crime Survivors, Inc. Survive and Thrive 5K Run/Walk and Health & Safety Expo.

Parking and event are free.
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April 21, 2015  Water Shortage: No Showers AvailableDue to current drought conditions throughout the State of California, showers will be shut off at Caspers Wilderness Park until further notice. Restrooms, sinks and drinking water will still be available for as long as the well at the park will allow.

Please plan ahead to avoid any inconvenience. For more information on current drought conditions, visit droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

April 20, 2015  Trail TipsThe first thing to know about hiking or riding in the wilderness is that it is very different than walking around the block or even in your neighborhood park. The excitement and beauty of hitting the trails is what draws people outdoors, but being prepared is key to a positive experience. Here are some tips that will get you off on the right foot.
February 9, 2015  Invasive Pest Found in Orange County

Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.

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News ImageDecember 29, 2014  Amanda

Amanda, a mountain lion that has been a main fixture at the OC Zoo for years, died Dec. 29. She was 16 years old.

Amanda was greatly beloved by staff, volunteers and zoo visitors. She will be greatly missed.