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:

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Eco-Explorers Afterschool Club

Irvine’s award-winning after-school program has gone virtual this year. This engaging after-school program offers students an alternative way to meet up with friends from school to learn about the natural world, meet Irvine’s animal ambassadors and even spend some time exploring outdoors.

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Day Off Camps

Irvine’s Day Off Camps are a great option for working families. Drop your child off with Irvine’s award-winning Environmental Educators for a day of exploration and outdoor fun. Your child will meet animal friends, perform science experiments, create nature crafts, and more while you’re at work getting the job done.

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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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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.

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