August 2, 2014
8:30 AMExploring Nature with a Camera

Explore nature in the summer - using a digital camera. Bring your camera and search for interesting shapes, organisms, lighting situations, and colors. Share your ideas with other nature enthusiasts! Hike 2 miles over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain).

  • For ages 12 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.
August 2, 2014
8:30 AMRedwood Hike

Join OC Parks' trained staff on an easy 1.1 mile 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 each Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the park's Nature Center. Don't forget to visit our Nature Center when you are there, too!

  • Participants should remember water, sunscreen, hat and hiking shoes.
  • All ages (small children may have to be carried).
  • Meet at Nature Center located at east end of park.
  • Cost: Free
  • Reservations preferred: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
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July 29, 2014  2014 OC Parks Annual Passes Half Off Starting Aug. 1The annual regional and wilderness parking passes and parking decals, as well as the annual beach parking decals, will be available for just $27.50, regularly priced at $55, and $17.50 for disabled with placard and seniors 60 years of age and above, regularly priced at $35.
July 17, 2014  Caspers Water Line Project May Affect Amenities

A critical waterline replacement project is scheduled from June to November 2014 at Caspers Wilderness Park.

During this time, the water system may be shut off and park amenities including flushing toilets, showers, and drinking water may be unavailable. Portable toilets and hand wash stations will be available.

Other potential impacts of this project include dust, noise, and area closures (including roads, trails, campsites, and day use areas). Please call the park office at (949) 923-2210 for further updates.


July 15, 2014  Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake Restoration

On July 14, 2014, preparation began to restore Carbon Canyon Regional Park’s 4-acre lake to its original condition. Currently, the lake has diminished water quality and reduced capacity preventing it from being stocked with fish to provide recreational fishing opportunities by park visitors.

The excavation of the lake involves manually draining the lake of its water to allow heavy equipment to remove the soil. A 6-foot temporary fence will be placed around the perimeter of the lake to secure the project and to ensure the public’s safety.

News ImageJune 30, 2014  Improved Emerald Canyon Trail Now OpenWith the help of non-profit organizations, members of the public and community groups, OC Parks has re-opened the Emerald Canyon Trail. The trail was closed due to extensive damage sustained after heavy rains in 2010. The trail reconstruction included constructing a 60-foot bridge over a landslide area.