Programs and Workshops for Children


At Irvine Nature Center, we believe that learning and playtime go hand-in-hand. Children who spend time exploring their natural world build life-long skills like problem solving, creativity, cooperation, and confidence.

Weekend Nature Programs

Spend your Saturday or Sunday at Irvine learning new skills, meeting animal friends, or heading out on a hike. Our public programs offer a unique way for families to spend quality time together. Check out our upcoming programs and events:

Frog & Toad Family Fun, Sunday, April 3rd, 1-3PM

SpringFest for Families, Sunday, May 1st, 10AM-noon

Plant a Three Sisters Garden, Sunday, May 22nd, 10AM-noon

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Summer Nature Camp

Exciting explorations, awesome adventures, and delightful discoveries await your child at Irvine! All Irvine Camp programs are designed and led by environmental educators and naturalists who bring their knowledge of science, nature, and animals on each exciting adventure. Offering full day camp for children ages 5-12, half day camps for 3-4 year-olds, and a Counselor-in Training program for 13-16 year-olds. Limited space available – sign up today!

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Day Off Camps and Programs

Irvine’s Day Off Camps are a great option for working families. Your child will love spending their day off with Irvine’s award-winning environmental educators for a day of exploration and outdoor fun. To mark the celebration of Earth Day, our young environmental stewards will learn the importance of sustainability and “leaving no trace” as they are led through a day filled with animal encounters, science experiments, hiking, nature crafts, and more.

Next Day Off Camp: Monday, April 18, 2022

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Little Birds

Little Birds Classes give your little one the chance to meet new animal friends, create nature crafts, sing songs, and explore outside. Perfect for parents, grandparents, nannies, and other caregivers who are seeking a unique and meaningful experience.

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Birthday Parties

Looking for a fun, easy and affordable option for your child’s birthday party? Irvine’s nature birthday parties provide exciting party themes, space to explore, animals to meet, and eco-friendly party options that are good for our planet.

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Eco-Explorers Afterschool Club

Irvine’s award-winning after-school program offers students an alternative way to meet up with friends from school to learn about the natural world. Led by environmental educators, students will meet Irvine’s animal ambassadors, conduct experiments and spend time exploring outdoors. Eco-explorers is engaging and inspiring for your budding nature lovers.

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