Programs and Workshops for Adults

Click on the each program title to register.  Programs with an (*) are eligible for a member discount (Pacesetters and above). 

Art in Nature Programs 

*WORKSHOP: MAKE A NATURAL WREATH – With Refreshments
Create a beautiful, all-natural wreath for your home while enjoying some seasonal music, holiday drinks, nibbles and conversation. Join Irvine Nature Center for this workshop where we will create a beautiful but sustainable wreath. We will provide a large assortment of evergreen boughs, berries, fruits, cones, and ribbons and all the instructions. Bring gloves, pruning shears and/or scissors if you have them (we will have some to borrow) and a large box to take your wreath home in. Enjoy special refreshments including a selection of wines and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as appetizers and seasonal desserts. Each participant will go home with their own custom wreath for the season. This program is intended for Adults and teens 16+

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Thursday, November 30th
6:00-8:30PM
Cost: $45/participant
Pre-registration Required – MUST REGISTER by 2PM on Wed, 11/29.

*WORKSHOP: MAKE A NATURAL WREATH
Create a beautiful, all-natural wreath for your home while enjoying some seasonal music, holiday teas, cookies and conversation. Join Irvine Nature Center for this workshop to learn about the many different local evergreens available to create a beautiful but sustainable wreath. We will provide a large assortment of evergreen boughs, berries, fruits, cones, and ribbons and all the instructions. Bring gloves, pruning shears and/or scissors if you have them (we will have some to borrow) and a large box to take your wreath home in. Each participant will go home with their own custom wreath for the season. This program is intended for Adults and teens 13+

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Saturday, December 2nd
1:30-4:00PM
Cost: $35/participant
Pre-registration Required – MUST REGISTER by 12PM on Fri, 12/1.

*WORKSHOP: HERBAL BODYCARE GIFTS
Have some seasonal fun making sustainable and thoughtful herbal gifts to pamper body, face, and lips.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a body butter, skin soothing face lotion, and chapped lip balm using oils infused with herbs collected at Irvine. Each participant will make and take home 4 of each product (1 for you, 3 to give as gifts) made from quality, sustainable ingredients. This program is intended for Adults

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, December 3rd
1:00-4:00PM
Cost: $40/participant
Pre-registration Required – MUST REGISTER by 12PM on Fri, 12/1.

*WORKSHOP: Herbal Workshop for Winter Wellness
This winter workshop will guide you step-by-step to make simple traditional herbal remedies to boost immunity and care for the symptoms of cold season. Participants will leave with samples to take home and the knowledge and recipes needed to make more. No previous experience with plants necessary; this class is appropriate for beginner herbal students. Age 18+ All materials provided. All are welcome.

Instructors: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist/Master Gardener
Saturday, January 13th
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $20/participant
Advance registration required.

*ANIMAL ART WORKSHOP: Love Bugs & Chocolate
From the Luna Moth to the Bumblebee, Maryland’s smallest animals can sometimes bring the biggest colors. Join Irvine naturalist Brittany (a MICA-trained artist!) and a collection of colorful insects for an evening of painting while enjoying some chocolate treats. Each artist will paint an insect on a small mirror to bring home. All supplies provided. All levels of experience encouraged to join – novice to proficient. Class intended for adults and teens. All are welcome.

Instructor: Brittany Roger, Irvine Educator and MICA-trained artist
Wednesday, February 14th
6:00 – 8:00PM
Cost: $20/participant
Advance registration required.

*WORKSHOP: PINE NEEDLE BASKETRY (2-evening class)
Discover the process of creating a traditional and beautiful pine needle basket. In the first class you will learn how to start your basket using a hand-made wood base and then coil long-leaf pine needles using waxed linen thread. Splitting the class over 2 evenings allows you to work on the project at home if you wish to create a larger basket. In the 2nd session we will learn finishing techniques and different stitches so you can take home a completed pine needle basket.  Although suitable for beginners this class will be most enjoyable for those who enjoy working with crafts or have some basketry/sewing experience. Those with experience can try new stitch techniques or shapes. All materials provided, including a variety of threads; you can bring your own colors to create a unique basket. Age 16+  All are welcome.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Tuesday, February 27th and March 5th (2-evening workshop)
6:00-8:00PM
Cost: $35 

Limited space, sign up early!

 

*ANIMAL ART CLASS: Frog Focus!
To get the jump on world frog day (March 20th), join us as we celebrate our appreciation for these amazing amphibians with an art class! Learn to sketch and paint these charming creatures and take home your very own “tree cookie” masterpiece, perfect to use as a coaster or quirky decor around your home. This class intended for adults and teens age 13+. All levels of experience are encouraged to join– from newbie to seasoned artist. All are welcome.

Instructor: Brittany Roger, Irvine Educator and MICA-trained artist
Friday, March 15th
6:00 – 8:00PM
Cost: $15/participant
Advance registration encouraged – class will be cancelled if minimum not met.

 

NATURE EXPLORATION Programs 

*WORKSHOP: MAKE A NATURAL WREATH – With Refreshments
Create a beautiful, all-natural wreath for your home while enjoying some seasonal music, holiday drinks, nibbles and conversation. Join Irvine Nature Center for this workshop where we will create a beautiful but sustainable wreath. We will provide a large assortment of evergreen boughs, berries, fruits, cones, and ribbons and all the instructions. Bring gloves, pruning shears and/or scissors if you have them (we will have some to borrow) and a large box to take your wreath home in. Enjoy special refreshments including a selection of wines and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as appetizers and seasonal desserts. Each participant will go home with their own custom wreath for the season. This program is intended for Adults and teens 16+

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Thursday, November 30th
6:00-8:30PM
Cost: $45/participant
Pre-registration Required – MUST REGISTER by 2PM on Wed, 11/29.

*WORKSHOP: MAKE A NATURAL WREATH
Create a beautiful, all-natural wreath for your home while enjoying some seasonal music, holiday teas, cookies and conversation. Join Irvine Nature Center for this workshop to learn about the many different local evergreens available to create a beautiful but sustainable wreath. We will provide a large assortment of evergreen boughs, berries, fruits, cones, and ribbons and all the instructions. Bring gloves, pruning shears and/or scissors if you have them (we will have some to borrow) and a large box to take your wreath home in. Each participant will go home with their own custom wreath for the season. This program is intended for Adults and teens 13+

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Saturday, December 2nd
1:30-4:00PM
Cost: $35/participant
Pre-registration Required – MUST REGISTER by 12PM on Fri, 12/1.

*WORKSHOP: HERBAL BODYCARE GIFTS
Have some seasonal fun making sustainable and thoughtful herbal gifts to pamper body, face, and lips.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a body butter, skin soothing face lotion, and chapped lip balm using oils infused with herbs collected at Irvine. Each participant will make and take home 4 of each product (1 for you, 3 to give as gifts) made from quality, sustainable ingredients. This program is intended for Adults

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, December 3rd
1:00-4:00PM
Cost: $40/participant
Pre-registration Required – MUST REGISTER by 12PM on Fri, 12/1.

*HERBAL WORKSHOP FOR WINTER WELLNESS
This winter workshop will guide you step-by-step to make simple traditional herbal remedies to boost immunity and care for the symptoms of cold season. Participants will leave with samples to take home and the knowledge and recipes needed to make more. No previous experience with plants necessary; this class is appropriate for beginner herbal students. Age 18+ All materials provided. All are welcome.

Instructors: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist/Master Gardener
Saturday, January 13
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $20/participant
Advance registration required.

*SEEDS: Swap, Prepare and Stratify
Celebrate National Seed Swap Day at Irvine.  Learn how to process the different seed types, how to tell if a seed is viable and what it takes to make sometimes-fussy native seeds germinate. Native plant seeds collected at Irvine and other locally sourced seeds will be available at the swap. If you have any native plant seeds you’re willing to swap, bring them along. We will prepare any seeds that require scarification or stratification so they will be ready for spring sowing. This program is intended for adults.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Gardener
Sunday, January 28th
1:30-3:30PM
Cost: FREE – Program counts as Master Naturalist Advanced training and is offered at no cost to participants. All are welcome.
Limited space, pre-registration encouraged. Walk-ups welcome, if space allows.

*LGBT+ Outdoors: Owl Prowl
Irvine Nature Center is thrilled to be the Maryland Chapter for LGBT+ Outdoors. The Organization’s goal is: Connecting the LGBTQ+ community to the outdoors and its members to one another is at the heart of what we do. It is our mission to strengthen connections between those in our community all while fostering a love for the outdoors. 

Our local mix of woods, meadows, and wetlands makes ideal habitat for several species of owls, and clear winter nights are the perfect time to listen for them. Join us for an evening of learning about these awesome creatures of the night. We’ll learn about their natural history and calls, then hit trails for a chance to hear them in the wild. It promises to be a HOOT! Dress warmly (layers recommended), wear suitable shoes, and bring a small flashlight. This program is intended for adults.

Host: Colby Warner, Maryland Ambassador
Activity: Hike & Campfire 
Friday, February 2nd
6:30-8:00PM
Cost: Free

REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE (Deadline Jan.31, 2024)

 

*PLAYING WITH FIRE FOR WOMEN YOUNG AND OLD
Learn the art of fire building in a fun and supportive environment.  Discover where to find dry wood and tinder (even in winter), which woods burn best, and how to build and start a fire.  Try using ferro rods, experiment with everyday household materials from lip balm to hand sanitizer and much more. We will also demonstrate safe wood splitting technique and provide an opportunity to practice your own wood splitting skills. We will keep a kettle on the fire for hot drinks. This program is intended for anyone who identifies as female ages 12+.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, February 11th
2:00-4:00PM
Cost: $15
Pre-registration encouraged. Walk-ups welcome, if space allows.

 

*MAPLE MAGIC
It may sound sappy, but there’s magic in our trees at this time of year! Join Irvine’s naturalists for an outdoor hike-n-learn and enjoy the magic of the season. Learn how to identify maple trees and why this is peak season for collecting their sap. Practice using a hand drill to experience how trees are tapped, check buckets for sap and see how the sticky fluid is converted into syrup over fires and an evaporator. You’ll even get a taste of this liquid gold as a reward for all the hard work. This program is great for the entire family. 

Multiple sessions offered:
Saturday, February 17th, 10:00-11:30AM
Saturday, Feb 17th, 1:00-2:30PM
Sunday, February 25th, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Sunday, February 25th, 1:00-2:30PM
Cost: $10 (children under 3 are free)

Limited space, pre-registration encouraged. 

 

*FORAGING FOUNDATIONS: Winter Tree Identification
The foundation of foraging is being able to correctly identify plants but knowing your trees makes any hike more interesting too.  This class will start by looking at evergreen needles, then advance to using clues from bark to buds to identify trees without their leaves. After practicing indoors with cut branches, test what you have learned on the trails with a guided forage. Finally, warm up indoors as we discuss the different traditional uses of these plants. If you have foraged at Irvine before you know there is usually something to taste! Ages 18+ This program is intended for all experience levels – novice to proficient.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Saturday, March 9th
10:00AM-12:30PM
Cost: $15
Pre-registration encouraged. Walk-ups welcome, if space allows.

 

*LUNCH & LEARN – THE ROYAL CONNECTION: SPRING FLOWERS AND QUEEN BUMBLE BEES

Queen Bumble Bees are one of the first bees to emerge in early spring. Their warm, fuzzy coats and innate ability to raise their body temperature means they can fly even on cold spring mornings when other bees are still snug and warm in bed. This makes them an essential pollinator for many spring ephemeral flowers. Discover the special relationship this charismatic bee has with spring flowers, such as the enchanting Dutchman’s breeches, shooting star, and larkspur. In this fun talk, we will learn about the perils of being both a Queen and a single mom; it’s not easy to raise your daughters while coping with problems like nectar robbers and cuckoos.

Queen Bumble Bees are one of the first bees to emerge in early spring. Their warm, fuzzy coats and innate ability to raise their body temperature means they can fly even on cold spring mornings when other bees are still snug and warm in bed. This makes them an essential pollinator for many spring ephemeral flowers. Discover the special relationship this charismatic bee has with spring flowers, such as the enchanting Dutchman’s breeches, shooting star, and larkspur. In this fun talk, we will learn about the perils of being both a Queen and a single mom; it’s not easy to raise your daughters while coping with problems like nectar robbers and cuckoos. Tickets include a tea party, fit for royalty, and themed mocktail for your enjoyment. This program is intended for adults.

Following the lunch and talk, enjoy a guided walk around Irvine’s Woodland Garden at the peak of flowering of spring ephemerals.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist
Wednesday, May 1st
12:00-2:00PM
Cost: $35/member, $45/non-member (or SAVE when purchasing the 3-event series)
Limited space, must register in advance!

 

Health and wellness Programs 

QIGONG & TAI CHI
Through Qigong and Tai Chi, participants will explore the ancient practices of moving meditation to align body, mind, and spirit and build a deeper connection to nature.  In addition to learning and practicing these healing arts, we will also experience one or more additional components of the following: qigong forest bathing, qigong walks, mindfulness meditation, and focused breath work. The classes will begin in the tent or conference room, then transition to various beautiful locations throughout the Irvine campus.  Age 18+ No prior experience needed. All are welcome.

Instructors: Mary Pinkard, NQA Level II Instructor, and Michele Tsonis 
Offered Sundays, March 3 – May 19 (no class March 31or April 28)
9:30 – 10:30AM
Cost: $15/participant
Register for one or more session dates. Preregistration available, walkups welcome.

WORLD TAI CHI DAY 

People in 100s of cities and 80 nations on 6 continents will take part in the celebration of Tai Chi. The Qi-MaryP Qigong Team will lead the local event celebrating and practicing various forms of Tai Chi/Qigong moving mediations. Age 18+ No prior experience needed. All are welcome.

Instructors: Mary Pinkard, NQA Level II Instructor, and Michele Tsonis, GFI
Saturday, April 27th
9:30 – 10:30AM
Cost: $15/participant

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