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St. Patrick's Day Events at OC Parks

Go green and celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day holiday with OC Parks. O’Neill Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, OC Zoo and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve are all presenting themed special events on March 17 to get you into the Irish spirit.

Visit O’Neill Regional Park for the St. Paddy’s Day Pilgrimage from 10 to 11 a.m. All ye lads and lassies will take a Ranger guided 2-mile hike through the park and learn a bit about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and O’Neill Park’s unique Irish heritage.

Irvine Regional Park is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the Leprechaun Loop hike from 10 to 11 a.m. The guided hike will start at Parking Lot #7 and end up at the pot of gold, filled with special prizes! Participants will gain insight on Irvine Regional Park’s history and Irish connection.

“Go Green” with the animals of the OC Zoo by bringing an empty cardboard box in exchange for complimentary zoo admission from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The boxes are recycled and used as enrichment toys for the zoo’s animals. Kids can participate in fun themed St. Patrick’s Day crafts on-site.

Still searching for that perfect four-leafed clover? Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve for a morning in the great outdoors from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and help remove pesky non-native clover from the Butterfly Habitat. Volunteers will learn about the beautiful native flora and decorate a pot to take home filled with coastal California’s Owl Clover seeds!

Go green and celebrate the luck of the Irish at an OC Parks venue this St. Patrick’s Day holiday!

 March 17, 2013

  •  St. Paddy’s Day Pilgrimage

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Event Fee: Free

Parking: $5

Location: O’Neill Regional Park

Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

Contact: (949) 923-2260, oneillpark@ocparks.com  

Special Instructions: Meet at Nature Center. Wear closed toed shoes. All ages welcome.

  • Leprechaun Loop Hike

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Event Fee: Free

Parking: $5

Location: Irvine Regional Park

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Contact: (714) 973-6835, irvinepark@ocparks.com   

Special Instructions: All ages welcome.

  • Go Green at the OC Zoo

Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Event Fee: Free admission for each person with a cardboard box.

Parking: $5

Location: OC Zoo inside Irvine Regional Park

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Contact: (714) 973-6847, oczoo@ocparks.com  

Special Instructions: All ages welcome.

  • Coastal Clovers

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Event Fee: Free

Parking: Free

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Address: 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Contact: (949) 923-2290, unbic@ocparks.com   

Special Instructions: Meet at Muth Interpretive Center. Wear closed toed shoes. Tools and gloves provided. All ages welcome.