Spring is here, and people are clamoring to see wildflowers in all their glory. If you’re looking for a place to see them without the drive and the crowds at Lake Elsinore and beyond, stay in Orange County and visit the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Native Seed Farm.
Volunteers can get down in the dirt to help harvest seeds or pull weeds, depending on the time of year. Anyone age 8 and up can sign up online for a Wednesday or Saturday session, but there are no walk-ups.
You’ll get an overview of the farm’s purpose, a rundown about the plants there, and a chance to see California Poppies, California Goldfields, Arroyo Lupine, and more in full bloom.
If you want to take a look around and not volunteer, get a reservation for April 20 when the farm will host a wildflower showcase. Stroll the grounds at your own pace and take in the sights.
Spots are filling quickly so make plans for April right away.
For reservations, go to letsgooutside.org, click on VOLUNTEER and drop down to Native Seed Farm.