As we work to construct our new Aviary, the entrance to our Understory Loop Trail will be closed. You can access this trail via our Access Road — simply follow the temporary signs. Should you have questions, our Front Desk attendant can help.

Thanks for your patience as we work to improve our space!

Located just northwest of Baltimore, Irvine Nature Center is a leading environmental education center with 90,000 visitors a year. Our green building and 210 acres of forests, meadows and wetlands are perfect for students, families and nature-lovers. We look forward to exploring nature with you!

Irvine is open to individuals and families, free of charge, seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, year round.  Groups of 10 or more are asked to pay a small fee to offset the cost of maintaining Irvine’s grounds and facilities.

If you have a group and would like to visit, please contact Tara Lilley at 443-738-9211 or LilleyT@ExploreNature.org to schedule your visit in advance.

What's Happening Now

  • This cecropia moth caterpillar is sad to tell you that Irvine’s Butterfly House will be CLOSED this weekend due to extreme temperatures. We will reopen the Butterfly House once the weather cools down. — 📷 The illustrious @jennamae93 , our Animal Care Manager
  • Keep an eye out for some of our tiniest, fuzziest forest friends — like this Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar — on your next hike! 🐛

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