Environment & Sports

Scott Giffin compiled these listings. Please fax, mail or e-mail press releases at least two weeks ahead of time. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, EL RANCHO CHARTER SCHOOL, 181 S. DEL GIORGIO RD., ANAHEIM, (714) 783-7036; (877) 303-4641; WWW.ANAHEIMHILLSBOOTCAMP.COM.

Mon.: GET FIT Boot Camp for Women. Women can jump start their day with a challenging and energizing workout. Boot campers will meet for one hour per day for four weeks. The program provides quick results for women of all fitness levels. Call or visit website for additional information, 5:30 a.m. $299.

ALISO & WOOD CANYONS WILDERNESS PARK, 28373 ALICIA PKWY., LAGUNA NIGUEL, (949) 923-2200; WWW.OCPARKS.COM. Open daily, year-round, 7 a.m.-sunset. Parking, $3.

Sat.:Discovery Hike. Every second and fourth Saturday, enjoy a 30-minute ranger-led hike, noon.

AFTER SCHOOL PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS PROGRAM, BOLSA CHICA, 13660 UNIVERSITY ST., (714) 897-5911; LIBERTY PARK, 13900 MONROE, (714) 891-6678; SIGLER PARK, 7200 PLAZA, (714) 892-9029.

Mon.-Fri.:After School Parks & Playgrounds Program. The city of Westminster offers youth a fun place to spend after-school hours. Elementary school children can enjoy an assortment of free activities in a supervised and positive environment. Activities include play days, crafts, games, sports and special events. This is a drop-in program—participants do not sign in and may come and go freely, 2:30-5 p.m.

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC, 100 AQUARIUM WAY, LONG BEACH, (562) 590-3100; WWW.AQUARIUMOFPACIFIC.ORG. $18.95; children, $10.95.

Daily: Whales-—A Journey With Giants. Visit the aquarium's new exhibit and learn about the planet's largest living animal—the blue whale. Through a compelling multisensory experience of light, sound and imagery, the aquarium's Great Hall will transform into the underwater realm of these gentle giants, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat.-Sun.: Wildlife & Whale Cruise. Embark on the RV Challenger and search for gray whales, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions and migratory waterfowl. A marine naturalist will lead the search. Activities will also include an educational multimedia presentation and hands-on learning activities for children. Reservations recommended, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults, $28; children, $16.

BREA YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE, BREA COMMUNITY CENTER, 695 MADISON WAY, BREA, (714) 990-7100.

Sat.: Youth Basketball 2006. Winter action gets underway for boys and girls ages four to twelve. Games every Saturday. Call for times and to register. Brea residents, $59; others, $69.

CASPERS WILDERNESS PARK, 33401 ORTEGA HWY., SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, (949) 923-2210.

Sun.:Nature Walk. Short hike that explores the oak and sycamore woodlands, 8:30 a.m. Parking, $5. Meet at the Ol' Corral.

CITY OF IRVINE OPEN SPACE PRESERVE,NATURE CENTER PARKING LOT, 1 SUNNYHILL DR., IRVINE, (949) 724-6738; WWW.IRVINEOPENSPACE.ORG. The IRLR Trust is currently seeking volunteers, including docents, to help with open space programs within the land preserve. For information, contact (949) 720-5512 or rgragnano@irlrtrust.org.

Sat.: Distance Hike. Looking to get out and exercise in the outdoors? Try this docent-led, strenuous eight-mile hike. Advanced hikers only. Free, but pre-registration required, 8-11:30 a.m.

CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK, 8471 PACIFIC COAST HWY., LAGUNA BEACH, (949) 497-7647; WWW.CRYSTALCOVESTATEPARK.COM.Parking, $10.

Sat.: Backcountry Hike, 9 a.m. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center.

Sun.: Mostly Plants Hike, 9 a.m. Meet at El Moro Visitor Center

DOG BEACH ZONE IN LONG BEACH, BETWEEN ARGONNE & ROYCROFT AVES. (A FEW BLOCKS EAST OF BELMONT PIER), LONG BEACH; WWW.DOGZONE.ORG.

Daily:Dog Days in Long Beach.Fido, enjoy a legal romp on the beach. You and your canine buddies can now play in the surf without fear of being whisked away by Animal Control. Be sure to bring your human companion. There are a few rules (aren't there always?)—such as only one dog per adult and you must wear your collar and tags at all times, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

DONNA O'NEILL LAND CONSERVANCY, LOCATED OFF HWY. 74, FIVE MILES EAST OF THE 5 FWY., (949) 489-9778; WWW.THECONSERVANCY.ORG.

Sat.:Family Nature Walk.The Conservancy is home to more species of birds than Yosemite. Learn more about the local birds and how to identify some of them by sight and sound. Call for reservations, 9-11 a.m. Adults, $8; children, $3.

ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER, 1601 16TH ST., NEWPORT BEACH, (949) 645-8489.

Thurs., Jan. 12:Little Naturalists—Outrageous Owls. Children ages two to five will enjoy this parent and child playtime with an owl theme. Participants will listen to real owl calls, practice their own owl hoots, enjoy a story and more. Call to register, 11 a.m.

LAGUNA COAST WILDERNESS PARK, 20101 LAGUNA CANYON RD., LAGUNA BEACH, (949) 923-2235; WWW.OCPARKS.COM. Parking, $3; lot open 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Daily: Willow Canyon. There's now open access daily, so check out this beautiful wilderness area and share the trails with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, 7 a.m.-sunset.

LONG BEACH'S ADOPT-A-BEACH PROGRAM, OCEAN BLVD. & GRANADA AVE., LONG BEACH, (562) 439-3316; JUSTINRUDD@AOL.COM; WWW.BEACHCLEANUP.ORG.

Daily:Sweep Up Butts & Debris in Belmont Shore. Help sweep up cigarette butts from sidewalks and gutters before they enter storm drains and, ultimately, end up on local beaches. Students can receive an hour of service-learning credit. You can choose any time between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call or e-mail to schedule, then pick up gloves, broom, long-handled dust pan and service-hour verification sheet at Holly's Hallmark, 5012 E. Second St., Long Beach.

NEWPORT SINGLE SAILORS, NEWPORT BEACH YACHT CLUB, 1099 BAYSIDE DR., NEWPORT BEACH, (714) 542-3690.

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