The Latest

Irvine Nature Center Receives BG&E Green Grant

September 27, 2019 - Latest

Without the support of our corporate partners like BG&E, Irvine couldn’t do the work we do every day. Generous, community-focused grants help Irvine bring environmental education to more children and families, develop new programs, and protect more land.

Monarch Butterfly Release

September 15, 2019 - Latest, Preschool

Students from Irvine’s Nature Preschool and Earth Friends Homeschool Program assisted Ms. Jenna with a monarch butterfly tagging and release outside the Exhibit Hall. 

School’s Out for the Summer!

June 17, 2019 -

Eco-Explorers ended the year with many fun adventures! Whether it was exploring the woods, playing fun games, or animal encounters, Eco-Explorers ended the Spring sessions with loads of memories and fun! We look forward to next year’s sessions! Have a good summer break everyone, and don’t forget to come and visit us at Irvine!

Cleaning it Up!

May 20, 2019 -

Eco-Explorers had the opportunity to participate in Project Clean Stream, an initiative that helps keep trash out of our local streams and waterways. With gloves and a trash bag, students walked around their school properties picking up various kinds of trash. Students were excited to collect and see how many different kinds they could find!… Read more »

Volunteer of the Month: April

April 1, 2019 -

Pam recently retired from teaching French at Gilman. Once Pam made an initial commitment to volunteer at Irvine, she went all in! She is now helping with the Nature Preschool, the front desk and taking on incredibly helpful projects with our Nature Store inventory. “Pam has jumped right in with the Osprey and Dragonfly preschool… Read more »

Winter Fun for Everyone!

March 17, 2019 -

The Winter Eco-Event was full of fun activities for Eco students and families alike! Animal encounters included turtles, opossums, and bearded dragons. Crafts included beaded snowflakes, puffy snowman painting, trail mix making, and more! Many explored Irvine’s exhibit hall as well as the Vista Loop on a guided hike. The event ended with hot chocolate… Read more »

Wind, Solar, and Water, OH MY!

February 17, 2019 - Eco-Explorers

At Sinclair Lane, Eco-Explorers delve into the topic of renewable energy! Discussing the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources, students learn how these resources can be used, their efficiency, and environmental footprint. During a wind experiment, students learned about wind energy, how to harness it, and practiced their own wind power. Students learned about… Read more »

Winter Wonderland!

January 17, 2019 - Eco-Explorers

The Eco-Explorers winter sessions have begun, and it has been a fun-filled snowy adventure! Students enjoyed the freshly fallen snow while also delving into exciting new themes, including Renewable Energy, Outer Space, and Nature Superheroes! Moon phase Oreos, animal encounters with our new Opossum, and exploring outside have been some of the few awesome activities… Read more »

Fall Fun!

December 17, 2018 - Eco-Explorers

Fall was full of fun for the Eco-Explorers club! In Fantastic Fossils, students learned about dinosaurs and performed many hands-on experiments and activities including fossil making, fizzy egg experiments, and more! Students enrolled in Habitats and Biomes learned about different habitats around the world and met some awesome animal ambassadors from Irvine! Students also had… Read more »