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FAQ for IROEC
How do I get into the IROEC?
Once an event is booked with the IROEC - you will be provided a code (IE: #1234) sign to enter both Irvine Regional Park, as well as Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. When entering the code make sure to hit # first. If you do not have a booked event and would like to set up a tour - please contact our Administrative Assistant at 714-923-3191 for booking details.
How do I book a tour of the facility?
We would love to show you around our beautiful facility, but we do need a designated staff to take you around the property. Please contact our Administrative Assistant at 714-923-3191 for booking details. Typically we schedule guests on Friday afternoons from 10am to 3pm.
Is there a store to buy souvenirs?
Yes, we have our Trading Post camp store which is open throughout the year on weekends.
Friday 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 9am to 2pm
What are the Irvine Regional Park’s hours?
Summer park gate hours 6:00am - 9:00pm
Winter park gate hours 6:00am - 6:00pm
How do I make a reservation?
We are so excited that you would like to join us!
If you are looking to book with the IROEC, we take all initial inquiries here, first.
Looking to book with a school group? Please contact us about our academic programs, here.
Looking to build a leadership experience? Please contact our Youth and Leadership Development Director, here.
When is the final head count and payment due?
Final head count and final payment are due two weeks before your event.
How long does it take to hear back after a request is submitted?
We typically get back to all reservation requests within 2-3 business days. Depending on the demand and needs of the property, this can be a longer window of response time, or much more quickly. This is not necessarily a reflection of the booking dates or the property's capacity.
Do you rent A/V equipment?
If you have reserved a room it does come with A/V equipment. Please ask the events department what comes specifically with the room you have rented.
Can we use the field to play games?
The field is a shared space. Please ask the event department when making the reservation if the field will be open.
Where do I check in for my event?
All groups check-in at the Trading Post. This is located just passed the main parking lot and behind the back side of our Dining Hall. All overnight guests will receive keys to their rented buildings here. Also, waivers will be collected and appropriate wrist bands distributed for groups and activities.
What is the latest time we can leave?
You are welcome to leave the facility at any time. You will use your gate code to exit our facility. Irvine Regional Park has an automatic gate that opens when you exit, just like a gated community. If you need to enter after the park hours have closed, please contact our staff at 714-478-9682.
CAMPING AND COOKING
Can I bring a dutch oven?
Unfortunately, we only permit electric or gas grills. We do not allow wood or charcoal within our facility.
What are the table measurements?
Picnic tables are: 28 ½ inches wide. 98 inches long.
8 foot tables are: 8 ft. by 28 inches wide.
Do you have picnic areas?
We have rentable pavilion area spaces. All areas need to be reserved prior to arrival.
When is quiet time?
Quiet time is 10:00pm till 7:00am. We ask that all guests return to their sleeping areas by that time.
Can we use the fire pits to cook?
Since the fire pits are propane they are not meant for cooking. Best item to make are s’mores and we recommend wrapping in tin-foil over the fire, not straight over the flames.
BUNKHOUSES AND LODGING
What do we need to bring if we are staying in the bunkhouse?
You will need a sleeping bag, pillow, towel and toiletries.
How many rooms does the bungalow building have?
2 Suites, 6 Bungalow Rooms (linens included)
Suites – 2 twin beds and 1 queen bed
Bungalow Rooms – 2 queen beds
What does each bungalow room come with?
Each room has a bathroom with shower.
Bedding and towels are included.
Suites have mini refrigerator.
Does the bungalow building have air conditioning?
Yes, the entire building is air conditioned. It does have control access only in certain rooms. For example, each of the suites control themselves, but the individual rooms each have shared AC controls.
Is bottled water allowed in all lodging spaces?
Are there water fountains to refill bottles?
We do have some water fountains throughout the facility. However, we always recommend bringing enough water and ice for your groups stay.
Is there a refrigerator in the bungalow?
Yes there is within the Mountain Lion Den. The full-size refrigerator is located in the shared common room next to the sink and microwave. Each of our two suites do contain a mini fridge. The Mountain Lion Den is a shared living room space at the end of the building. Each person occupying a room in the bungalow building has proportional access to the room.
Is food allowed in the bunkhouses?
Yes, you can have snacks in the bunkhouse; however, we do recommend keeping everything off the floor and sealed, at all times. We have plenty of critters that would also like to share those snacks with you - so we recommend leaving all doors closed at all times.
When is quiet time?
Quiet time is 10:00pm till 7:00am. We ask that all guests return to their sleeping areas by that time.
Do the bunkhouses have air conditioning?
The bunkhouses have heating, but do NOT have air conditioning. We provide a box window fan in each bunk room during the summer or warm periods.
What is the capacity and how many rooms does the bunkhouse have?
The bunkhouse can sleep up to 48 people. There are four rooms total (9 bunks, 7 bunks, 5 bunks, 3 bunks).
What is the bunkhouse common room and what is in it?
The common room is the main lounge/meeting area in each bunkhouse has a couch and sofa chairs, storage cabinets and a sink in the counter.
If we rent the bunkhouse do we share with other groups?
When you rent the bunkhouse you do not share with other groups. The only time a bunkhouse is shared is for IROEC staff run camps when our counselors are staying in the bunkhouse.
FOOD AND DINING HALL
When is meal time?
Breakfast is served at 8:00AM
Lunch is served at 12:00PM
Dinner is served at 5:30PM
Unfortunately, we do not offer rolling meal time. All guests need to be on time for all meals.
Who can eat in the Harrison Lodge dining hall?
First priority for scheduling meals is always provided to our guests staying within the Bunkhouses and Bungalow buildings. The intention is for camping groups to create and design their own interactive meal experiences. Please inquire with your reservation request for more details, if needed.
Can we have pizza delivered?
Yes, if you could please notify our staff of any deliveries that will be occurring. We will be happy to.
Can we have a catering company on site? Other vendors like face painting, bounce houses etc.?
Third party companies are not allowed on-site without approval from the events department at least two-weeks in advance of the event. Additional fees will be applied and vendor documentation required.
Can we use your kitchen?
Our kitchen is not available to rent. If you would like to reserve meals it will be based on availability for the time you are booking. Meals are reserved first for those booking the bunkhouses and the bungalow building. Camping groups requesting meals are reviewed case by case.
Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Please share all guest dietary restrictions with the IROEC at least 14 days before your event date. The IROEC is a nut-safe kitchen facility with a no-fish menu. We provide vegetarian options, but are unable to guarantee gluten-free, non-dairy, or sugar-free meals. There is always a wide variety of food options at every meal. All groups need to be present and punctual at the beginning of the meal time.
What is the menu?
Please request a sample menu to be sent to you.
AQUATIC - POOL AREA
Is the pool a shared space or can we have the pool all to our group?
Our aquatic area contains dual pools and water slide and is all a shared space. Please contact our Reservations department if you are looking to rent out and have exclusive use of the pool. This typically starts at $3,600.
Do you have lifeguards?
Yes, we staff lifeguards which will vary on the amount of people in the pool.
How long is your water slide?
This unique water slide is 184 ft with 5 turns and starts nearly 2 stories high. All guests must be 4 feet to go on it. Under 4 feet is at the discretion of the pool director on site.
Are floaties or toys allowed in the pool?
Yes, please make sure not to leave them in the pool. Lifeguards will approve pool toys as you enter.
Can parents observe at the pool without paying?
Each person who enters the pool area will be included in the cost of the pool. The IROEC staffs enough lifeguards for those swimming in the pool and on the pool deck for safety and security. We keep the standard to ensure all lifeguard are keeping proper safety guidelines.
How deep is the pool?
Large pool: 3 ½ - 7 feet deep
Small pool: 3 ½ feet deep
How many people can fit in the pool area?
Capacity is 300 total in pool and on deck.
Is the pool heated?
Heated to varies between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Do they have to take a swim test?
A Swim Test is required to enter the deep end for swimming. However, we do not currently offer swim lessons during our recreational swim time.
How old do they need to be to swim?
Children need to be able to use the restroom and be out of diapers.
Is food allowed in the pool area?
Food is not allowed in the pool area.
ZIP LINE EXPERIENCE
What is the age requirement for zip line?
The zip line is a weight requirement of 50-275lbs.
How many people get to go at once?
The zip line area consists of two dual zip lines. Two people will get to go at once. Each person is guaranteed at least two zips in a session.
How long is the zip line session?
The entire zip line session is 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes is used for the safety talk and harness time and the last hour is zip time.
How long is the zip line?
It is a 10-14 second ride and is about 1,000 feet horizontal.
What type of ranges are at the IROEC?
The IROEC have both archery and BB-gun shooting ranges.
Is there an age requirement for the ranges?
Yes, all participants must be 8 years or older to shoot by themselves. Or 6-7 years old with a 1-to-1 adult assisting them, this cannot be counted as an IROEC staff member.
Can I bring my own BB-gun or archery bow?
We love that you are dedicated to this sport and learning on your own. Unfortunately, the only equipment allowed on our ranges must be owned by the IROEC is allowed to be used on the ranges. We maintain all of the equipment year round to provide the best experience possible.
How many people can go per session?
Each range has 16 targets that allows for up to 16 participants at any one time. The maximum for one range is 32 people per session.
How long is a shooting sports session?
Each of our range sessions is 90 minutes. The first 15 minutes is typically used for the safety talk and proper equipment instruction.
Can we switch shooting sport sessions and move between the two ranges?
Each of our ranges are run as individual activities, thus they need to be booked as separate events.
Do you do weddings?
We do not hold weddings. IROEC is a youth-organization based facility.
How big is your bbq pit?
Charcoal bbq is 2 ½ feet by 12.
Can I bring alcohol or tobacco into camp?
Alcohol and intoxicating substances are prohibited in camp. It is a violation of BSA policy to consume alcohol or intoxicating substances and campers who are caught with alcohol or any such substance in their possession will be escorted from the property with no warnings or refund provided. For safety and health reasons, smoking is not allowed in camp. Smoking is permitted in the designated smoking area ONLY. Please contact the office to determine where the smoking area is. Please do not smoke in the presence of youth, and please LEAVE NO TRACE of your smoking in camp.
Can we bring bikes?
Yes all bike riding guests are required to wear helmets and closed toed shoes. Bikes are not allowed to be ridden past the bridge to the camping hill.
Can we retire flags there?
No, we do not allow flags to be retired in our fire pits since they are propane. If you would like to retire a flag, please bring it to the Orange County Council office in Santa Ana to properly handle.
Where is the nearest hospital?
For any emergency please call 911, then our after hours number 714-478-9682. The closest facility for immediate assistance is the Chapman Medical Center, Orange (Cross streets, Chapman and Yorba).