Newsletter Programs for Adults & Teens

Upcoming Programs FOR ADULTS and teens:

*Irvine membership discounts apply to specific programs. See our website for more information*

*Click on the title of the program to register. 

*FRIDAY NATURE RAMBLE
Join naturalist Clare Walker for a leisurely seasonal exploration of Irvine’s trails, plants and animals. Through woods, meadows and wetlands, we will enjoy the restorative beauty of nature. Listen for birds and frogs, look for flowers and bees and learn the history of our land.
Fridays March 12, April 9 and May 7
10:30am-12pm
$10 per participant

Registration for 3/12/21

Registration for 4/9/21 

Registration for 5/7/21

*SPRING WILDFLOWER DISCOVERY 1
After the cold, short days of winter, it is a delight to see delicate wildflowers emerge. Many bloom for only a day or two, so the display of these spring ephemerals changes each week. On this gentle guided walk through the woodland garden, we will explore the fascinating secret lives of these short-lived beauties before they disappear from sight again.
Saturday March 27
2-3pm
$10 per participant

*SPRING WILDFLOWER DISCOVERY 2
Many more wildflowers have emerged by mid-April so both early and late blooming plants can now be enjoyed in the woodland garden. On this gentle guided walk through the garden, we will explore the fascinating secret lives of these short-lived beauties before they disappear from sight again.
Saturday April 17
2-3pm
$10 per participant

*SPRING WILDFLOWER DISCOVERY 3
Enjoy the final peak of spring wildflowers with delights including trilliums and orchids. On this gentle guided walk through the woodland garden, we will explore the fascinating secret lives of these short-lived beauties before they disappear from sight again.
Saturday May 1
2-3pm
$10 per participant
$25 for all 3

*GROW YOUR OWN POLLINATOR GARDEN
Discover a cost-effective way to create a pollinator patch to help bees and butterflies – SEEDS! This workshop will explain the techniques used to grow native plants from seed, which plants work well, how to collect your own seeds and more. Plant a ‘mini-greenhouse’ of native flower seeds to take home and a guide for their care. Workshop will be outdoors – dress for the weather.
Sunday March 28
11am-12:30pm
$25 per participant

*A HIKE WITH THE TREES
Take a longer, brisker walk to see some of the less used trails at Irvine with occasional stops to discuss the importance of trees to both wildlife and people. Discover detective skills that allow the identification of trees from clues of silhouette, bark, fruit and emerging leaves.
Sunday March 28
1:30-3:30pm
$10 per participant

*NATIVE BEES AT IRVINE
Did you know there are over 400 native bees in Maryland? This workshop will focus on the common species of spring, comparing the mason and mining bee groups. The online program will introduce some of our most common species, their life cycles and distinguishing features that allow identification. During the in-person program, we will look at bee specimens and then observe flowers to find bees and practice field identification. Adults and 14+ are welcome!
Online ZOOM Tuesday April 6
7-8pm
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In-Person Sunday April 11
12:30-2pm
$25 per participant

*WEDNESDAY WARBLER WALKS
Why wait ‘til the weekend to wander a winding way through the woods? Winter wanes! Warmer weather and wafting winds whisk waves of weary-winged warblers to our woodlands and waders to our wetlands! What could be more wonderful than waking to witness the warm woodwind whistles of the wood thrush, while watching woodpeckers whack on walnuts, waxwings work the wineberries, and waterthrushes wolf down worms?
Wednesday April 21, 28; May 5,12, 19
8-10am
$10 per participant

Registration for 4/21/21

Registration for 4/28/21

Registration for 5/5/21

Registration for 5/12/21

Registration for 5/19/21

*FORAGING IN THE WOODS AND FIELDS: EARLY SPRING
Throughout history, wild herbs have been used as both medicine and an important source of nutrients. Take an easy walk around Irvine to look for early spring plants and learn about their medicinal uses. We will discuss which greens can be collected to make a tasty spring salad and finish with a relaxing cup of herbal tea made from foraged plants.
Sunday April 25
2- 3:30pm
$10 per participant

BREEDING BIRD ATLAS: For ‘Fledgling’ Citizen Scientists
Summer is almost upon us and birds are busy setting up territories, building nests, and, soon, laying eggs for this year’s broods. Come find out how you can get involved in an exciting statewide CITIZEN SCIENCE project—the Third MD/D.C. Breeding Bird Atlas. Everyone from professional ornithologists to weekend birding fanatics to beginners who just love the outdoors will be venturing out into nature this summer in search of signs of nesting among any and all species of birds. Find out how you can take part in the field work—at Irvine or even in your own backyard—and contribute to the database, from which researchers study avian population trends in our state. Learn the basics of using Cornell’s eBird website, as well. Adults and 10+ are welcome!
Saturday, May 22
10-11:30am
$10 per person

*BUILD A POLLINATOR GARDEN WORKSHOP
Want to help butterflies and bees but need advice on how to start? Or want to attract more species and reduce maintenance requirements for an existing garden? In this workshop you will discover how to support the full lifecycle of both bees and butterflies. As we visit Irvine’s gardens, we’ll discuss where to locate your own garden, the easiest way to start, and recommendations for plants that thrive even in yards with deer and heavy clay soil. Afterward, you’ll take home some native plant seedlings to start your garden.
Saturday May 22
1-3pm
$25 per participant

*BARK BASKET WORKSHOP
Around the world, simple baskets have traditionally been fashioned from bark by many cultures, including the Eastern Woodland Indians. In Maryland, there is a short window during May and June when tulip poplar bark can easily be removed and shaped into a basket. In this workshop, after hiking to Irvine’s Native American site, we will learn this traditional skill – how to ‘slip’ bark from a precut log, score and bend it to transform into a basket of your own. Bring a small fixed-blade knife if you have one (there will be some available to borrow if needed).
Sunday May 23
1-4pm
$35 per participant

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