Sitting on over 200 acres in beautiful Orange County, The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is an experience like no other. It's not hard to see why this amazing property has become a destination for fun, adventure, learning, and training. Its best-in-class facilities include two swimming pools, BB gun and archery ranges, a nature center, bungalows, and more.
Taking advantage of the bright California sun, much of the property runs on solar energy, adding to the sustainable environment created here!
REPLICA COAL MINE
Our replica coal mine offers a fully functioning 1800ft mine-simulation, complete with mining helmets with lights, shovels and pickaxes, authentic mining sounds, and two digging areas. Students are fully immersed in what a real mine would sound and look like. They are also able to pan for gold in real sluice boxes while learning about how miners were able to get land to mine on, and how they panned for it.
With 16 Archery targets, staff will walk them through proper safety, teach them the proper form and help them get the bulls’ eye they will tell their parents about.
BB GUN SHOOTING RANGE
Located directly next to our Archery Range, we have 16 BB spots to practice your sharp shooting skills. Staff training walk each group through the safety features of all equipment, help practice correct handling, and then are able to get a few rounds in on the targets.
This multi-use space is able to be utilized in numerous ways, such as a mini lecture area with a leadership group, a cub scout meeting spot, or a place to enjoy a year-end school pizza party!
The miniature amphitheater can comfortably seat about 30 people, while each adjacent pavilion space has several picnic tables under each overhang. The indoor space can accommodate about the same amount of people, as well.
ORANGE GROVE & GARDENS
At the Ranch, your students will explore the relationship between humans and the environment in a small-scale agricultural setting. Students love having this opportunity to explore the garden and orchard, harvesting and juicing fruits and vegetables to enjoy fresh from the earth. In the end, students learn the important lesson that if we take care of the earth, the earth will take care of us!
Aquatic Center - Water slide, training pool, and lap pool
In sunny Orange County - we always want to make sure out kids are keeping cool! We have an Aquatic Center fit for all kinds of group needs. Our 185-foot long, 5-turn water slide is built directly into the hillside and fun for all ages! We staff lifeguards during all events to keep everyone set and having a great time. Bring your goggles and a towel and come jump in!
*Please note - this is always a shared group space, unless exclusive use is pre-arranged in advance.*
Each Irvine Ranch bunkhouse is a single-story, 2500FT2, ADA compliant building with four primary sleeping areas, a cozy common room with counter space and cabinet storage, and two bathroom/shower facilities. There are 6 bunkhouses on the property, each comfortably sleeps 48.
Lodging in the bungalow building is air conditioned and includes access to the common room or Den where guests will find a living/dining area complete with a kitchenette, fireplace, television and free WiFi.
The Bungalow building includes 2 Deluxe Suites. These rooms include 2 bedrooms with 1 queen and 2 twins, a small sitting area and a private bath.
Also in the Bungalow building are 6 standard rooms, each with 2 full beds and a private bathroom.
GROUP CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES
TENT CAMPING SITES
Want to have the full outdoor experience? Reserve a Tent Camping Site! These sites sleep between 26 and 70 and include pads for your tent, fire pits on select sites, bathrooms, and showers. Please keep in mind that the fire pits are stone propane campfire circles without grills. No cooking of food is allowed.
Please pack lightly and be prepared to make a couple of trips if necessary, we recommend you bring a wagon or a cart to haul your items to the campsite. Our staff will assist with one luggage cart for heavy items (i.e. EZ ups, tents, coolers, etc.). We also provide hand carts available in the parking lot. The tent camping sites located on the hill do NOT have vehicle access. The distance from the parking lot to the tent camping sites is .3 of a mile.
KENNEDY MEADOWS - GRASS TENT CAMPING
For a memorable camping experience, stay overnight in Kennedy Meadows! This beautiful section of camp sleeps 168 and features picnic tables, a gas fire pit, Kennedy Pavilion with 2 electrical outlets, 1 light, 3 showers, and 3 bathrooms. Please keep in mind that the fire pits are stone propane campfire circles without grills. No cooking of food is allowed.
ADDITIONAL RENTABLE SPACES
BBQ Pit Area
There is seating at the designated picnic tables for up to 100 people. This includes access to our large rectangular charcoal fire pit (2.5ft x 12ft) area. This is the only location on the property that IROEC does allow for charcoal fire cooking.
Covering can be brought by guests looking to have additional shade.
The AndersonSchoepe Leadership Center
Guests looking to have an indoor meeting space can book a spot inside our Leadership Center. We have 2 rooms that can be used to fit the needs of breakout sessions, small lectures, or activities with youth. The large room can comfortably fit up to 75 people, has a room divider to separate the space, and have A/C with ceiling fans. The small room has a maximum capacity of 35 people with a ceiling fan.
This area has 3 bathrooms on the side of the large room and parking directly in front of the building.