Best of 2013: Ecofriendly Field Trip

The ECOLOGY CENTER aims to inspire good environmental practices in food production, home building, and recycling, and teaches practical ways to live that life.

The Nature Dorks: Orange County’s Wildflower Experts

‘Want to come up and see my daisy?Robert Allen asked that question the first time I met him. Well past my ingenue days, I don’t get many offers like that.

State Park Escapes: Parks here at home

Save money! Get a discount for Moro Cove Campground at Crystal Cove State Park until March 18. Sunday through Thursday is 40 percent off, and...

What’s an 83-year-old doing in the Dana Point Turkey Trot?

Willa Porter climbs out of a silver Mustang convertible in the Dana Point Harbor parking lot and greets me with a smile. Long blond...

Down the Garden Path

Tourists and locals sing Laguna Beach’s praises as one of the most picturesque towns in Orange County. The coastal village is a garden spot. Roads wind through greenery, and many streets have bucolic patches tucked into staircases and other pathways that lead to the beach. Among the city’s two dozen public parks, which range from pocket-size to 7 acres, you’ll find native species, seasonal flowers, and, often, original art. Here are eight favorites.

Orange County’s Great Walks

What’s the difference between a walk and a hike? We pondered this question to help narrow our list of the county's best walks. Walks are local by nature. People outside the immediate area don’t tend to even know about them—which is why we’re sharing 10 of O.C.'s best with you.

More Hidden Orange County: “Intolerable” Bridge

In a national survey released this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation tagged more than 50 local bridges as “structurally deficient,” which, we have been assured, is a technical term that includes such deficiencies as needing a paint job; it doesn’t mean that they’re not safe.

Open Streets Event Coming to Garden Grove

Imagine downtown Garden Grove without cars. Now, imagine that you can casually stroll down the middle of the block, ride a bike, skateboard, or...

8 Garden Parks in Laguna Beach Perfect For Taking a Summer Stroll

Meander through Orange County’s most famously verdant city.