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Generational Stewardship & Bauer Preserve

October 27, 2015 - Executive Director

By Brooks Paternotte, Executive Director At this time of year we traditionally give thanks for the harvest and spend time with family and friends sharing its abundance. But here at Irvine we also have something to be particularly thankful for this autumn. Less than a month ago we received one of the most generous gifts… Read more »

Good Things Do Come in Small Packages

September 23, 2015 - Executive Director, Latest

By Executive Director Brooks Paternotte A few years ago a very generous donor approached Irvine about building a butterfly enclosure. We gladly accepted the donation and started the planning process. After considering a few designs and weighing the expense of construction, we decided upon retrofitting an existing yet underutilized space. With a limited budget and… Read more »

Leave No Trace

July 28, 2015 - Executive Director, Latest

By Executive Director Brooks Paternotte Here at Irvine Nature Center we like to abide by and promote the “Leave No Trace” principles. However, we have found that sometimes it poses a challenge, particularly with a range of participants from cradle to grey. As a result, I asked my team to sit down and discuss the… Read more »

Save our Bees!

June 19, 2015 - Executive Director

By Executive Director Brooks Paternotte In previous posts I have encouraged the parsimonious use of things like ice melting salts, yard fertilizers and weed killers. But today I want to direct your attention to something we really should consider not using at all if we want to sustain the diversity of fresh foods we eat.… Read more »

Monthly Green Tip: Spring Cleaning!

April 15, 2015 - Executive Director

By Executive Director, Brooks Paternotte For many of us the arrival of spring means getting outside and back in the garden – something I enjoyed immensely this past weekend. Yet the change of seasons also is a great opportunity for some spring cleaning inside of the home. If those April showers force you indoors, try… Read more »