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Evening & Weekend Programs

Upcoming Programs FOR ADULTS:

LUNCH AND LEARN: BOUNTIFUL BIRDS
Enjoy a narrated slide show of Middleton Evans’ favorite photographs from his latest book: Birds of Maryland, Delaware & the District of Columbia, just released by Johns Hopkins University Press. This lavishly illustrated coffee table book with over 700 color photographs offers a comprehensive view of our region’s abundant bird life, authored by Bruce Beehler, a renowned ornithologist with the Smithsonian.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
$20 per Participant

NATURE ARTISANS
Come enjoy a night of artistic expression led by one of our environmental educators. We will paint a view from Irvine and enjoy light refreshments! Materials will be provided; just bring yourself, your creativity, and a friend! Ages 14 and up.
Friday, March 6th
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
$15 per Participant

FALCONRY 101
Join a Falconer to discover the world of falconry and raptors. Learn what it takes to become a falconer, how to train a bird of prey, and the joys of your first free-flight! Gain new knowledge into the world of falconry.
Saturday, March 7th
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
$10 per Participant

SPRING VOLUNTEER NATURALIST TRAINING
Become a volunteer naturalist at Irvine! This course teaches new volunteers how to lead educational outreaches for school groups at their school. We’ll cover outreach themes, natural history and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with kids!
March 10, 12, 17
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
March 19
9:00 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Free for all adults, but participants are expected to lead field trips during the spring semester

TRAIL TREKKER TRAINING
Become a Trail Trekker at Irvine! This course teaches new volunteers how to lead educational outreaches for the general public. We’ll cover trail walks, natural history and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with the public!
Wednesday, March 25
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free for All Adults, but participants are expected to lead future trail walks

SPRING WEEKEND WEED WARRIORS
With 210 acres, Irvine has its fair share of weeds–particularly invasive species that crowd out native plants. We’re working to manage them by focusing on removing Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) in/around our Woodland Garden and Native American site. Frankly, we could use all the help we can get. No idea what Multi-flor-whatever-it-is-looks-like? No problem! We’ll train you to spot the stuff wherever you go and provide the tools to get rid of them. And it’s great exercise! Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet/muddy and bring water and a non-refrigerated snack/lunch. Meet at the main entrance. Ages 14 & up. Questions? Contact Ben Fertig, fertigb@explorenature.org
Saturdays March 7, 21, May 2, 30, June 13, 27
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free – no registration required

EAT, DRINK AND LEARN: URBAN BIRDS AND BOURBONS STIRRED
Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? In this myth-busting talk, learn how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Discover practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wildlife nurseries, eliminating unintended hazards, identifying and nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, controlling invasives with minimal disturbance to wildlife, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, April 16
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$60 per Participant
Nancy Lawson- Author of “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard for Wildlife”

ONE WORLD, ONE BREATH
Save the date to celebrate World Tai Chi/Qigong Day practicing Qigong with certified instructor Mary Pinkard and Michele Tsonis outdoors on the magnificent campus of the Irvine Nature Center. We will practice 1 hour of moving Qigong followed by 1/2 hour of stationary Qigong. This event will be held rain or shine – an enclosed, tented area is available if needed. Please arrive early enough to park and make the short walk to the site on a paved path through the woods to the lovely grassy field overlooking the Caves Valley. Bring a mat or small blanket and flexible shoes. The practice will be outdoors, so weather-appropriate attire is recommended. Please check https://qi-maryp.com/event/world-tai-chi-qigong-day-2020/ regularly as registration details are forthcoming.
Saturday, April 25
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Free for Everyone!

LUNCH AND LEARN: THE POLLINATION GAME
Pollination isn’t just a mutual helping between plants and bees, it’s a game with tricksters & cheaters. How do plants attract pollinators but make sure they don’t take too much? What are the different rewards flowers offer and how do bees take advantage? Join Master Gardener and Naturalist, Dr. Clare Walker, for this fascinating look at the world of pollination. Following the program and lunch (provided), we will stroll through Irvine’s Woodland Garden to see what’s blooming.
Tuesday, April 28
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$20 per participant

SPRING INTERN SYMPOSIUM
Did you know that Irvine Nature Center offers unpaid internships for college and high school students? Interns work closely with their supervisors to gain firsthand experience and knowledge related to their fields of interest. Internships differ from other volunteers in that there is a 10-20 hour per week commitment and each works on an individual semester-long project. Come and see what our students have been up to since September! Light refreshments will be available. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Ben Fertig, fertigb@explorenature.org
Friday, May 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free

EAT, DRINK AND LEARN: BIVALES, BAYS, AND CABERNETS
The Oysters Are Our World: How we almost Lost the Chesapeake Bay Oyster, and How We Are bringing it Back. This talk will focus on what happened to the wild oyster industry, and how recent changes in laws and technology have helped an aquaculture industry grow.
Thursday, May 21
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$60 per Participant
Rona Kobell- Maryland Sea Grant science editor and writer

BUSINESS SUITS TO MUDDY BOOTS
Come to Irvine and get down in the muck while we explore our wetland ponds! Want to see what lies underneath stones, lives in algae, and makes those mysterious bubbles? Then, join a naturalist as we make our own aquatic discoveries. Bring boots, a water bottle, and your sense of exploration!
Sunday, May 31
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$10 per participant

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