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 to schedule your visit in advance.

What's Happening Now

  • Our Summer Nature Campers enjoyed a special presentation today from Ms. Jenna, Irvine’s Animal Care Manager and resident falconer. Our campers met a visiting Eurasian eagle owl, as well as Ms. Jenna’s personal falconry hawk, Chance. Because Ms. Jenna works with Chance daily, campers were even able to do a gentle two-finger touch and meet this incredible bird up close!
  • Late summer means it’s honey season at Irvine. Wally, our stalwart Grounds & Facilities Manager (and resident Beekeeper) has begun the process of harvesting the hives from our apiary. While these bees might look angry, they were all enjoying some sweet honey snacks while they waited. 🐝



Irvine Nature Center