About Irvine Nature Center
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 and adults.
Irvine provides more than 800 environmental education program sessions annually to over 90,000 children and adults. Our programs occur at the nature center, as well as throughout our local community. Irvine brings our award-winning programs to over 4,400 public and private school students, and to community and senior centers across Maryland.
We welcome you to explore our 210 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows; enjoy our resident Animal Ambassadors; and our interactive exhibit hall free of charge. Irvine has emerged as a leader among Maryland’s environmental education centers and incorporates a unique and comprehensive focus on the natural science of the Piedmont into its interactive exhibit hall and educational programming.
Our goal is to expose children and adults to the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. We show our visitors, members, and friends the importance of protecting our planet and teach a concern for our natural world that translates into actions that help create a healthier planet.
Join us on your next outdoor adventure.