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Aww nuts, today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day! In all of our parks, you are likely to encounter some type of squirrel- either the California ground squirrel, multiple types of tree squirrel, or both! However, there is one type of squirrel that is unique in Orange County. The next time you visit Baby Beach located in Dana Point Harbor, take a stroll to the island along the river jetty to catch a glimpse of the famous white California ground squirrels! ๐Ÿฟ

Many people assume that these ground squirrels are albino, but they are in fact "leucistic". Leucism is a term scientists use to describe an organism that has experienced partial loss of pigment, visible in the hair and skin but not the eyes. It is a mystery as to why there are so many white California ground squirrels in this particular location. One theory suggests that due to the areaโ€™s detachment from the mainland with no natural habitat bridge, this population likely has a smaller gene pool that possesses an increased concentration of leucistic alleles. Therefore, their offspring are much more likely to be missing pigmentation than normal, leading to a noticeable population of white or partially white squirrels! ๐Ÿฟ

Ground squirrels live in burrows or underneath plants and rocks. At the harbor, you can see them scurrying in and out of the rip rap that makes up the jetty, often approaching pedestrians and picnickers in hopes of convincing you to feed them. As cute as they may be, it is best for the health of the squirrels as well as your safety to not feed them. You may be surprised to learn that ground squirrels are omnivorous, meaning they eat grasses, fruits, eggs, and even meat if they come across carrion! We hope that you enjoyed learning a bit about these neat critters. Go outside and appreciate a squirrel today, and drop acorn-y squirrel joke in the comments if you have one! ๐Ÿฟ
What a mammoth find! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ This skull ๐Ÿ’€ belongs to a Columbian Mammoth that our archaeo/paleo folks affectionately call Monty the Mammoth. His skull was discovered on a construction project in the City of Irvine, near the 405 and Jamboree Road. You can check out the 3D scan of Monty in more detail on the Cooper Labโ€™s Sketchfab page at Most mammoth populations died out about 12,000 years ago, although new research using ancient DNA found in soil samples indicates that some populations lived up until about 3,900 years ago in the Arctic of Siberia. It is difficult to know how old this mammoth fossil is. Special care needs to be taken while excavating a fossil if carbon dating is going to be used to determine the age. Even if appropriate carbon samples are taken, carbon dating is only accurate for fossils up to around 50,000 years old. This fossil could potentially be hundreds of thousands of years old!
Here is an uplifting post to make sure your Sunday totally rocks! (Sorry, we love geology puns).๐Ÿชจ

This is a great example of geologic uplift, which is exactly what the name implies! Over time, movements of continental plates cause changes in the geologic landscape that is seen on the surface by us humans. Uplift, like you see here in this photo taken in the Irvine Ranch Open Space, is caused by two pieces of earth colliding with each other, with one piece being lifted up and tilted in a certain direction. ๐Ÿชจ

Each of the straight lines of rocks you see that are now angled were likely flat at one point. Geologists can tell that uplift has occurred by observing that the various layers are now askew. How cool is that? Keep an eye out next time you are exploring our parks- Orange County is a geologically rich area with so many neat features to see! ๐Ÿชจ
This from our slide archives shows circa 1990 picnic shelters and a play structure at one of our north county parks. Can you guess which one?
Every winter Arden, the home of Polish actress Helena Modjeska in the canyon named for her, is decorated in the spirit of Polish holiday traditions and customs. Christmas trees were decorated with paper polish stars, fruit and nuts, ribbons, paper chains, straw ornaments, and wax candles. Wigilia, or Christmas Eve supper, follows a period of fasting and begins once the first star appears in the night sky.

Today, January 6, is Trzech Kroli, or โ€œThree Kings Dayโ€ marking the end of the Christmas season. Versions of this holiday are celebrated all around the world, and sometimes known by other names such as Twelfth Night or Dia De los Reyes Magos. Often, as in much of Europe, a Polish style three kingsโ€™ cake is served with an almond or coin baked inside. The person who gets the surprise in their desert is king or queen for a day and is said to have a lucky year.

The Arden grounds are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For tours inside the home please contact the park office at 949-923-2230 or [email protected]. Visit for more information.
๐ŸŽถโ€œHappy Bird Day to you, Happy Bird Day to youโ€ฆโ€๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฆ‰

Today is National Bird Day! While we love highlighting our native bird species here at OC Parks, we thought we would showcase the red-crowned parrots that have been showing up at Irvine Ranch Historic Park lately. Why do we have parrots in Orange County? If it isnโ€™t too much of a bird-en, read on for more info! ๐Ÿฆœ

There are many theories as to how these parrots came to Orange County, the most prevalent being that they are descendants of escaped or released pets from as early as the 1960s. Although this isnโ€™t their native range, the species has declined severely in their original home of northeastern Mexico, making this local population pretty significant to the continuation of the species. Red-crowned parrots primarily feed on tropical, non-native fruits and nuts throughout the county, although their effect on our native bird populations isnโ€™t fully understood. ๐Ÿฆœ

A group of parrots is called a "pandemonium,โ€ which is a fitting description for their loud, unmistakable squawk that you may have heard as they fly around Orange County. Red-crowned parrots generally visit the same spots each day until they run out of food and move on to a new location. These parrots stuck around Irvine Ranch Historic Park for about two weeks, gorging themselves on fruits from the chinaberry tree, which is a non-native species in the Mahogany family. Ap-parrot-ly, they didnโ€™t mind us taking photos of them, and it even seems like they posed for some shots! Have you seen the parrots recently? Hopefully you can appreciate their presence now that you know more about them! ๐Ÿฆœ
Happy New Year! ๐ŸฅณWith rain comes new growth, transforming our hills from brown to green. If we are lucky, we will even see wildflowers bloom during the spring and summer months, which adds a welcome pop of color. ๐ŸŒผ

This photo, taken in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve at an earlier date, shows the vibrant green hills after a year with substantial rainfall. ๐ŸŒงOur native plants donโ€™t need much water to turn this green. We have had a nice, rainy winter season in Orange County so far this year, so our fingers are crossed for lush views like this in the coming months. ๐ŸคžKeep an eye out for staff and volunteer-led hikes throughout our parks system to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery to come in 2022! ๐Ÿฅพ๐ŸŒณ
Happy (almost) New Year! ๐ŸŽ‰ In this edition of the Naturalistโ€™s Almanac, Resource Specialist Nathan shares information about an upcoming meteor shower โ˜„๏ธ the anniversary of a major tectonic event and lagomorphs!๐Ÿ‡
We have had some stormy weather lately, but could you imagine snow at the Old Orange County Courthouse in downtown Santa Ana? โ˜ƒ No, this wasnโ€™t a freak snowstorm, it was a TV shoot! The iconic building stood in for Briarcliff Manor in Massachusetts in 2012โ€™s "American Horror Story: Asylum."
We have a diverse array of raptors in Orange County -- from the rare bald eagle ๐Ÿฆ… to the common red-tailed hawk. "Raptor" is a word we use to describe a bird of prey that feeds primarily on live captured animals. There are many different categories of raptors such as eagles, buteos, accipiters, falcons, harriers, and osprey. Pictured here is one of the harder raptors to identify, specifically an accipiter species! ๐ŸŒฟ

Cooperโ€™s hawks are extremely similar in appearance to sharp-shinned hawks, and identifying them often stumps even the most seasoned birder. This Cooperโ€™s hawk was identified by the graduated tail feather lengths, whereas sharp-shinned hawks generally have tail feathers of a uniform length. ๐ŸŒฟ

When this hawk was spotted, there was an abundance of mistletoe in the area. This is important because Cooperโ€™s hawks will often build their nest on existing "platforms," and mistletoe is one of their favorites. ๐Ÿ‘€ Keep an eye out for clumps mistletoe in the trees, and perhaps you will spot a Cooperโ€™s hawk nearby! ๐ŸŒฟ
โ˜ƒ๏ธ Let it snow! We arenโ€™t likely to ever get this much snow at Irvine Regional Park, but one of our now-retired employees imagined what it would look like in this lovely illustration from 2011. Happy Holidays!

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Photos from Orange County Parks's post 12/07/2022

๐ŸŽ… This acorn woodpecker might look like it's wearing a Santa hat, but those feathers are au naturel.

๐Ÿชถ However, storing gifts for winter is a talent of this brilliant bird and key to its survival.

๐ŸŒฐ Each fall, acorn woodpeckers gather as many as 100 acorns per day, sometimes traveling up to 14 miles, to stash in trees. Woodpeckers use their long, pointed beaks to make holes in the tree, perfectly sized to store each acorn. Each hole takes at least 20 minutes to complete, but is time well spent to protect food that could be taken by other animals.

๐Ÿœ In the warmer months, woodpeckers eat insects, fruit, sap, flower nectar and even lizards to keep them well-fed until the colder holidays arrive.

๐ŸŒณ Next time you're out at a park, keep an eye out for these tree-mendous birds!


โ„๏ธ It's almost time for snow much fun at the 36th annual Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill Historical Park!

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ Enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, live musical performances, holiday crafts and an evening stroll through the be-yule-tifully decorated historic grounds during special park hours.

๐Ÿ“ If you're making your list and checking it twice, be sure to include a visit to this free, family-friendly event December 9, 10 and 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.

๐ŸŽ„ Visit for more information.


โ›… We're soaking up every bit of this from Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.

๐Ÿ“ธ Enjoy the view from Dreaded Hill Road with opportunities to see native plants and stunning vistas!


๐ŸŒณ Itโ€™s a great day to and enjoy OC Parksโ€™ hiking trails with your loved ones.

๐Ÿฅพ Here are about essential items to have on hand while exploring the great outdoors.


๐Ÿ‚ We're thankful for all the beautiful spaces to explore and enjoy at OC Parks and grateful for our staff working through the holiday!

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ OC Parks are a perfect place to visit for an impromptu Turkey trot.

๐Ÿฆƒ Happy Thanksgiving!


๐ŸŒ… It doesn't get much better than a SoCal sunset.

โ›… Enjoy this sun-sational view from Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point!


๐Ÿฅพ It's and there's no better way to celebrate than stepping outside for your next adventure!

๐Ÿž๏ธ OC Parks offers hundreds of miles of beautiful, scenic trails with something for everyone to enjoy.

๐ŸŒฒ Looking to explore? Here are three suggested hikes at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, ranging from easy walks to strenuous treks.


๐Ÿฅน Some may find this photo im-possum-bly adorable. Others just see some mangy marsupials. Either way, opossums actually play an important role in our ecosystem.

๐Ÿชฒ Opossums, like the ones pictured here at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, eat more ticks than any other animal, which helps prevent the spread of Lyme disease. They may also try and paw through your unsecured garbage if given the chance.

๐Ÿฆ˜ Opossums are the only marsupial in North America and raise their young in a pouch, like kangaroos and koalas. Baby opossums, also known as joeys, are born as small as a honeybee and will stay in their mom's pouch for about 2 months and then will spend another two months riding on her back before they are ready to head off on their own.

๐Ÿฆ‰ These nocturnal neighbors are also great im-poss-ters. "Playing possum," or pretending to be dead, is an involuntary reaction to fear and helps protect them from predators.

๐Ÿ Opossums are also largely immune to snake venom and rabies.

Alerts | OC Parks 11/16/2022

Alerts | OC Parks

*11/17 UPDATE: All affected parks and the zoo have opened.*
As of Wednesday morning 11/16: Irvine, Peters Canyon, Santiago Oaks and Yorba regional parks and the OC Zoo are closed due to hazardous wind conditions. Check current closures here:

Alerts | OC Parks Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.


๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ It's so here's a showery shot from Irvine Ranch Historic Park that won't cloud your day!

๐ŸŠ The 16.5-acre park, which once served as the agricultural headquarters of the historic Irvine Ranch, was one of the world's greatest Valencia orange producers and a leader in dry farming.

๐Ÿก The early office, pictured here, is among 24 original ranch structures at the park dating back to the 1800s.


โš ๏ธ Today's rainy weather is causing wet and muddy conditions at many of our parks and trails are closed throughout OC Parks.

๐Ÿšง Please visit for an updated list of trail closures.

Photos from Orange County Parks's post 11/07/2022

๐Ÿ“ธ Something is looking a little different at Irvine Regional Park!

๐ŸŽ‰ The historic arch recently received a facelift to commemorate the parkโ€™s 125th anniversary.

๐Ÿชง First unveiled at the 125th Anniversary Celebration on October 1, 2022, the updated pieces were recently installed on the archway. Fun fact โ€“ the historic arch is actually a replica of the original arch at the park entrance back in 1898.

๐ŸŽ‰ Happy Quasquicentennial, Irvine Regional Park!


โฐ "Hey Siri, remind me to set the clocks back."

๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Daylight saving time comes to an end tomorrow and many OC Parks will close earlier for the fall-winter season.

๐Ÿ•• As a friendly reminder, most of our regional parks will be open from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. during our fall-winter hours. Wilderness parks close at sunset year-round.

โ„น๏ธ Please visit for detailed park hours.


๐ŸฆŠ We tried to think outside the fox with this post, but to tail you the truth, this critter is quite cunning!

๐Ÿ“ท Spotted on an OC Parks trail camera, the timing was fur-tuitous to catch this gray fox wandering Irvine Regional Park.

๐ŸฆŠ Gray foxes, sometimes know as a "tree fox" or "cat fox," are common but sly. They're sneaky to spot in the wild and tend to avoid urban areas.

๐ŸŒณ Unlike other animals in the canid family, these foxes are very tail-ented at climbing trees and use them as a place to den, hunt or hide from predators.

๐Ÿ› They'll eat almost any kind of fruit, meat, vegetable or insect and are primarily nocturnal, but may look fur food during the day.


๐ŸŽƒ Even the animals at the OC Zoo are carving out some time to celebrate !

๐Ÿ’€ We hope your day is frighteningly fun!


๐Ÿ”ฎ There are no bad omens in this post of Ziggy, a fanged feline at the OC Zoo.

๐Ÿˆโ€ Sporting his black base-coat speckled with black spots, this killer kitty is known as a black-on-black, or melanistic, jaguar.

๐Ÿพ Jaguars are the largest cats in the Americas and have the most powerful jaws of all the big cats. That's purrty scary!

๐Ÿฑ Looking for something claw-some to do this weekend? Visit Ziggy, along with four other large cats, at the OC Zoo in Irvine Regional Park.

๐Ÿพ Happy Meowloween!


๐Ÿ‘ป Boo!

๐ŸŽƒ If you like spooky stories, here's a to get in the Halloween spirit.

๐Ÿชฆ Legend has it, every other summer, a woman wearing pink appears at Yorba Cemetery to pay her deceased family members a visit. Her name is Alvina de los Reyes and she died in December, 1910 after falling out of a carriage on the way home from a school dance.

โšฐ๏ธ According to the story, she visits sometime after midnight on the same summer night of every even-numbered year. In years past, people have gathered by the hundreds into the early morning hours waiting for the "pink lady" to appear.

๐Ÿ“– Here's a plot twist: this ghost story isn't true. While it might sound believable to some, the story was made up by a local librarian many years ago to tell kids on Halloween. Historic records show Alvina died in December, 1910, but from childbirth instead.

๐Ÿชฆ To hear this story and other terrifying tales, join OC Parks for a tour of the Historic Yorba Cemetery on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. It's a scary fun experience worth doing at least once!


UPDATE: 11:45 a.m., the park has reopened.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park is temporarily closed for police activity.


๐ŸŽƒ Trick-or-treating is coming soon but this Rustic Sphinx Moth recently spotted at Irvine Ranch Historic Park wears its costume all the time.

๐ŸŒณ This large, nocturnal flier uses its cryptic coloring to camouflage on tree bark and avoid hungry predators.

๐Ÿฌ It's not candy they're after - these moths prefer nectar from a wide variety of flowers and are important .

๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธWhat spooky images appear when you examine this boo-tiful insect?


๐Ÿ‚ Thank you to everyone who joined us for an un-be-leafably fun experience at the second annual Fall-O-Ween event at Heritage Hill Historical Park!

We hope those who attended had as gourd of a time as we did! ๐ŸŽƒ



๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Join us Friday, November 11 for a free Veterans Day concert at Irvine Regional Park from 12-5 p.m.

๐ŸŽธ This family-friendly event features live performances from Angel Force Band and The Side Deal, a kids bounce house, obstacle course and food trucks! A beer and wine garden will also be available for adults 21 and over.

๐ŸŽต Admission and parking are free. Please visit for more information.


๐ŸŽƒ Orange you excited for Halloween?

๐Ÿฆ‡ In the spirit of the spookโ€‹y season, today's is an eerie-sistible sunrise over

โ˜๏ธ Misty mornings can be expected over the marsh this time of year because low-lying fog forms when warm air meets cool water, giving the bay ๐ŸŸ โšซ

Photos from Orange County Parks's post 10/21/2022

๐ŸฆŽ It's and a fitting time to highlight cold-blooded creatures of the past and present in our parks.

๐Ÿข Did you know reptiles in Orange County have changed drastically over the last 40 million years?

๐ŸŠ Around that time, Orange County was mostly tropical lowlands and home to fleet-footed crocodiles that hunted on land instead of water. In the photo below, you can see the skull of a modern Nile Crocodile next to the braincase, armor plate and teeth of an extinct crocodile found in Rancho Mission Viejo.

๐ŸฆŽ The jumble of bones photographed under a microscope is actually the skull of Parasaurolamus, a member of the iguana family from about 40 million years ago and found during construction of the Eastern Transportation Corridor. Lizards have small, delicate bones and donโ€™t tend to be preserved in the fossil record. It's why there are only 16 Parasaurolamus fossils known in existence, meaning there are more fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex than of this incredibly rare lizard.

๐Ÿ Today, reptiles like the red diamond rattlesnake are present in many of our parks and play a key role in our ecosystem. ๐Ÿ€ They're important for pest control by eating rodents and other small mammals, which can help protect crops and slow the spread of insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.

๐Ÿ Known to shake, rattle and roll, the rattles on their tails are made from keratin, just like human hair and nails, and serve as a warning when you're too close. Many species of non-venomous snakes that share a home with rattlesnakes mimic the rattling sound by vibrating their tails in the dirt to deter predators afraid of a venomous bite!

Photos from Orange County Parks's post 10/20/2022

In March 1947, the yacht of local financier Walter Overell and his wife Beulah exploded in Newport Harbor with both aboard. Their autopsies alleged signs of physical trauma occurred before the explosion of a makeshift clock bomb. Suspicion quickly fell upon the Overellsโ€™ daughter, Beulah Louise Overell, who would inherit her parentsโ€™ fortune, and her fiancรฉ George โ€œBudโ€ Gollum.

โš–๏ธThe ensuing murder trial was the most infamous to occur in the Old Orange County Courthouse. Media had full access to the Department 2 Courtroom during the trial. Salacious love letters written by the couple while in County jail were confiscated and released to the press, inciting the public with a gossipy thrill. After 19 lengthy weeks, newspaper and radio reporters from across the nation flocked to the Courthouse to hear the final verdict: โ€œNot guilty!โ€ A public frenzy ensued as the couple walked free.

Photos from Orange County Parks's post 10/19/2022

๐Ÿง› We had a scary good time at the opening weekend of Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park!

๐Ÿš๏ธ This spook-tacular free event continues October 21-23 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

๐Ÿ‘ป Don't forget your costumes and cameras to strike a pose at the eerie-sistable fall and Halloween-theme photo ops.

๐Ÿ• Pets are welcome at this family-friendly event, as long as they remain on a leash no longer than six feet.


๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Our spidey senses are tingling!

๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ During the fall months, tarantulas like this one at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, are crawling about looking for a fanged fling!

๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ There are roughly 900 species of tarantula, ranging from the size of your fingernail to a dinner plate!

๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ All tarantulas are venomous, but encounters with them usually don't turn hairy if you leave them alone.

๐Ÿšจ Remember, never touch wildlife - that leads to a whole web of problems.


๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿงน "Come, we fly!"

โœจ Grab your broomstick and fly over to Carbon Canyon Regional Park Friday, October 21 for a magical showing of Hocus Pocus (PG, 1993).

๐Ÿ”ฎ Enjoy a wicked fun night under the stars watching the cult classic Halloween film at this free, family-friendly event.

๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿฟ The event opens at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start around 7 p.m. Parking and popcorn are free, while supplies last.

๐ŸŽฅ Please visit for more information.


๐ŸŽŠ OC Parks is excited to announce some EPIC news!

๐Ÿ† The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) recently recognized OC Parksโ€™ virtual content with the 2022 EPIC Award for a Social Media Campaign. OC Parks creatively reinvented in-person programs online during the pandemic with engaging and dynamic digital content that allowed the public to interact with us for educational programming, a virtual concert series and holiday-themed campaigns amid pandemic restrictions.

๐Ÿ… OC Parks' Drive-In Movie Series also earned the 2022 Award of Distinction for Special or Community Event, Recurring. While many events were cancelled during the pandemic, this series allowed families to safely enjoy 19 movie screenings throughout OC Parks, featuring strategic parking plans, touchless transactions and free branded giveaways.

๐Ÿ‘ Thank you to everyone who contributed to these special honors!


๐ŸŸ  This sunset time-lapse captured during a rainy summer night at Irvine Regional Park is giving us some serious Halloween vibes! โšซ

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Don't forget to witch upon a star once it gets dark enough. ๐ŸŒ 

Photos from Orange County Parks's post 10/14/2022

๐Ÿ‘ OC Parks volunteers are a key part of park operations and help provide valuable services for our facilities, staff and visitors each year. They're critical in supporting OC Parks' core values of community, commitment to excellence, service and stewardship.

๐ŸŽˆ On Friday, September 16, we hosted our eighth annual OC Parks Volunteer Celebration at Irvine Ranch Historic Park to honor their continued dedication and recognize their years of service. The event also featured live music and a tour of the historic park.

๐Ÿ† Congratulations to 18 volunteers honored with the Excellence in Volunteerism Award: Joshua Pierce, Della Rose, Lesley Larragoitiy, Janet Lang, Darlene McCampbell, Len Cavers, Nancy Marosi, Vickie Clepper, Kate Clark, Warren Haines, Luanne van Hunnik, Kerri Barry, Bob Barry, Jane Welgan, Mark Bowler, Bill Frey, CJ Stumpf-Barton and Roxanne Bradley.

โ„น๏ธ For more information on becoming an OC Parks volunteer, please visit

Photos from Orange County Parks's post 10/13/2022

๐ŸŽˆ Irvine Regional Park's 125th anniversary celebration was filled with fun for the whole family!

๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŽ‰ Thank you to everyone who joined OC Parks in celebrating Californiaโ€™s first regional park. From antique cars to live musical performances, the momentous day featured classic and modern-day activities highlighting the historical and cultural significance of the park.

Helena Modjeska: US Theatrical Tours 10/12/2022

Helena Modjeska: US Theatrical Tours

๐ŸŽญ Famous Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska was born in Poland on October 12, 1840. She spoke several languages, designed and made her own costumes and was an incredibly dedicated performer.

๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ If you've visited her home in Orange County, you may have noticed the large map showing where she toured across the United States.

๐ŸŽ In honor of her birthday and prolific career, OC Parks is sharing a new digital, interactive version of the map of Modjeskaโ€™s tours across North America from 1877 to 1907.

๐ŸŽผ After immigrating to California, she had 26 tours over the course of 30 years. Can you guess how many North American cities she performed in?

๐Ÿ“ Due to the large volume of tour stops, the maps have been broken into separate pages. As you explore, you may need to click the red button at the bottom to continue to more maps.

๐Ÿšช The grounds at Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens are open for visitors Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on touring the inside of the home, please visit

Helena Modjeska: US Theatrical Tours From 1877-1907, Polish actress Helena Modjeska toured the United States and Canada. This project maps her historic career.


๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ Looking for some fall fun this month? Join OC Parks at the second annual Fall-O-Ween event at Heritage Hill Historical Park!

๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ Have a skele-ton of fun at this free, family-friendly event October 14-16 and 21-23 from 4:30 โ€“ 8:30 p.m. Tour the decorated historical grounds during special park hours and enjoy spook-tacular activities including fall and Halloween-themed photo opportunities, a straw maze and scavenger hunt for ghoulish goodies.

๐Ÿง›๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ Don't forget to wear your costume! Furry friends are welcome too, as long as they remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet. We hope to see you there!


๐Ÿฅณ to an action-packed weekend celebrating Irvine Regional Park's 125th birthday!

๐ŸŽˆ The event, held Saturday, October 1, featured live musical performances, classic cars, crafts, interpretive programs, giveaways and much more!


๐Ÿ‘ป Itโ€™s always a ghoulishly good time at Fall-O-Ween at Heritage Hill Historical Park!

๐Ÿง›โ€‹ Join OC Parks on October 14-16 and 21-23 from 4:30 โ€“ 8:30 p.m. to tour the decorated historical grounds during special park hours. Take some fa-boo-lous fall and Halloween-themed photos, find your way through the straw maze and complete the scavenger hunt to earn some fang-tastic giveaways at this free, family-friendly event.

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Costumes are encouraged and pets on leashes no longer than 6 feet are welcome! Visit for more information about the freakishly fun festivities!


๐Ÿ‘€ Looking for something fun to do?

๐Ÿšช Visit Heritage Hill Historical Park and learn more about Orange County's rich cultural history!

โ›ช๏ธ Explore the fully restored buildings dating back to the 1860 on a free guided tour and enjoy programs that bring the past to life.

โ„น๏ธ Heritage Hill Historical Park is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with walk-in tours of the buildings available Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. for groups of seven or less. For more information visit

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๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Our spidey senses are tingling! ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ During the fall months, tarantulas like this one at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, a...
๐ŸŸ  This sunset time-lapse captured during a rainy summer night at Irvine Regional Park is giving us some serious Hallowee...
What a mammoth find! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ This skull ๐Ÿ’€ belongs to a Columbian Mammoth that our archaeo/paleo folks affectionately call ...
#FeatureFriday: Naturalistโ€™s Almanac January 2022 Edition
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On your next outdoor adventure, keep an eye out for the locals...wildlife! ๐Ÿพ Here's a look at a few of the animals you m...
Welcome back to another edition of OC Parks Toddler Trails, this time at Yorba Regional Park. Located at the mouth of Sa...
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