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Weekly Green Tip – We Love Our Volunteers!

September 27, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

I just wanted to make a quick post and recognize some outstanding volunteer groups here at Irvine today. First, the great folks from T. Rowe Price descended upon Irvine in droves today to help us prepare for our big event, Pupmkins on the Green, next Friday. They removed invasives, pruned perrenials, and mulched beds making… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – Help a Friend in Need

September 26, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

Last year it was Sandy devastating the Northeast and now it is flooding in Colorado.  It is a simple fact in our globalized society that we witness these events in real time and full color and can respond nearly as quickly from great distances.  I can recall after a recent super-cell storm here in Baltimore… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – 9/11/13 Day of Service

September 12, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

Yesterday at Irvine we took advantage of President Obama’s call to service and organized a small but enthusiastic group to do some work on some of Irvine’s 116 acres.  After a quick breakfast of coffee, juice, and yogurt, we received our instructions from Emily, our new volunteer group coordinator.  Divided into groups and assigned tasks,… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – Outdoor Classrooms

September 9, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

Here at Irvine we have created an outdoor classroom space for our members and their children; The Nature Preschool at Irvine also uses the space regularly. If you are not familiar with concept, please check out the article linked below: http://www.good.is/posts/redesigning-recess-why-kids-need-natural-playgrounds We would love some feedback on our outdoor classroom, so if you have any… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – The Nature Preschool at Irvine

September 6, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

Would you like to know how to instill a lifelong love of the outdoors and an appreciation for nature in your young child? Look no further than The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center. I had the privilege of welcoming new and returning parents and their children to our preschool orientation today, and the enthusiasm… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – “Fitness for Flowers”

August 22, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

I was recently handed a slim volume called “Fitness for Flowers” with the subtitle of “How to make cut flowers and foliage last longer.”  While at Irvine we do not allow the cutting of flowers much less any native flora, we do recognize that many of our friends and members have a passion for horticulture… Read more »

A Family Visit to The W!ld Center in Tupper Lake, New York

August 19, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

On a recent family vacation to the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York I had the opportunity to visit the renowned W!ld Center in Tupper Lake (http://www.wildcenter.org/). As a nature center director and parent of two young children, I was interested in seeing the center for a multitude of reasons. Professionally, I wanted to take… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – Composting

August 12, 2013 - Executive Director

We recently re-evaluated our composting here at Irvine due to a few common problems which you too may have encountered while trying composting at home.  First, what do you do to collect composting materials in and around your home without attracting unwanted pests or creating offensive smells?  Second, how do you secure your composting site… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – Don’t Feed The Animals!

July 31, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

Shocked would be an understatement when describing my wife after receiving a text from a neighbor here in Owings Mills; it seems that this resident of a development near Irvine Nature Center had seen two kits (young fox) in her yard and had started feeding them regularly.  It is not uncommon to see fox in… Read more »

Weekly Green Tip – Summer Water Conservation

July 26, 2013 - Executive Director, Latest

We have been fortunate this summer with rain; something not always the case for this area.  In fact many of us can easily recall rock hard ground and soaring temps as the late July into early August norm.  With those conditions in mind, let me offer a few easy tips for reducing you water usage… Read more »