Irvine Nature Center was founded in 1975 in an old barn at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, Md. Today, Irvine is the only private, non-profit nature center in the region. We owe our existence to Olivia Irvine Dodge, our generous founder, who recognized the importance of preserving ecologically significant places and providing environmental education for children.
In August of 2000, the state of Maryland donated to Irvine 116 acres on Garrison Forest Road in the Caves Valley area of Baltimore County. It is surrounded by an additonal 1,200 acres of land protected by conservation easements. The land was formerly part of the Rosewood Center. Our new site, to which we opened the doors in September of 2008, offers a great diversity of Piedmont habitats including open wetlands, upland forest, meadow, forested wetlands, and farmland, and includes the headwaters of the Jones Falls and Gwynn's Falls watersheds. Irvine will undertake significant habitat restoration and enhancement projects and create numerous demonstration gardens on the site. We invite everyone to come to Irvine to explore all of the ways in which we hold fast to our mission of inspiring appreciation and respect for the natural world, increasing awareness of environmental issues, and encouraging individuals to sustain Earth's ecosystems.
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