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

  • Inquisitive possum walkabout. It’s hard to sit still for photos when there’s so much to explore!
  • Today marks the first day of class for our Nature Preschool students. We’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to recognize these incredible women — our Nature Preschool Teachers — who will lead their students on incredible outdoor adventures all year long. Thank you all for your commitment to getting kids outside and sharing experiences that will last a lifetime. We couldn’t do all that we do here at Irvine without our teachers! 💚



Irvine Nature Center