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Nature at Holiday Time

December 22, 2014 - Executive Director

Notes from the Executive Director, Brooks Paternotte Today, for the first time in six months, the day actually grew longer rather than shorter albeit almost imperceptibly. So what? People have paid special attention to this time of year for millennia. Stones were carefully erected in alignment with the rising and setting of the sun on… Read more »

Monthly Green Tip – Composting

December 1, 2014 - Executive Director

While standing next to my compost pile this past weekend a friend remarked, “That’s some good looking dirt coming out of there.” And I could not agree more. Since starting my pile, I have routinely added kitchen scraps like egg shells, unused parts of fruits and veggies, and coffee grounds along with leaves, chicken and… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip: Nature Based Early Childhood Education

June 6, 2014 - Executive Director

Right now things are quiet here at Irvine Nature Center, but it must be the calm before the storm. Fortunately this storm is one of enthusiastic early childhood educators who will descend upon Irvine’s 116 acre campus for three days of lectures and workshops at our 3rd annual Nature Preschool Conference. We plan on hosting… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – Invasives!

March 21, 2014 - Executive Director, Latest

I reached for the water bottle next to my bed a few nights ago to take a gulp of water before rolling over and going back to sleep. As the cool water passed over my lips I felt immediately that something was horribly wrong. My tongue sensed a solid where only liquid should be and my… Read more »