Evening & Weekend Programs

Upcoming Programs FOR ADULTS:

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 is? 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 snacks/lunch. Meet at the main entrance. Ages 14 & up. Questions? Contact Ben Fertig, fertigb@explorenature.org

Saturdays:
December 14, January 11, 25, February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free

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.
Thursday January 9, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
$20 per Participant

FENG SHUI: PERSONAL HARMONIZATION
Join Irvine’s very own Feng Shui Workshop with Mary Pinkard NQA Level III. Mary has expertise in multiple wellness domains, with her primary areas of focus being the practices of Fend Shui and Qigong. Irvine’s workshop will include information and discussion on the following fundamental pillars to help one with their own personal map of their energetic world, topics will include: Birth Animal & Corresponding Element; Compass Directions and Time Dimension. Come and learn about a new way to harmonize with the world around you.
Saturday January 18, 2020
9-11 a.m.
$25 per participant (Member discounts do not apply)

VOLUNTEER NATURALIST TRAINING – MAPLE MAGIC
Become a volunteer naturalist at Irvine! This course teaches how to lead educational trips for school groups at a time when most wouldn’t dare go outside. We cover maple sugar tapping themes, trail activities and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with kids!
Tuesday, January 21st
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast immediately follows
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Training
free for all adults

EAT, DRINK AND LEARN: RISING SEAS & BOOZY TEAS
Fossil fuel combustion and deforestation have raised atmospheric CO2 which in turn has created rising temperatures across the globe. Devastating effects such as extreme temperatures, severe storms, drought, and fire are already here and will accelerate this century. Can we control climate change? Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, January 16
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$60 per Participant
Dr. Bert Drake – Senior Research Plant Physiologist, Emeritus, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

EAT, DRINK AND LEARN: WETLAND RESTORATIONS & TASTY LIBATIONS
What do Blue Herons, Green Frogs, and Blue Gills all have in common at Irvine? You can see them all at our restored wetlands! Join us as we look at the RES (Resource Environmental Solutions)/Irvine Nature Center wetland and stream project that transformed drained agricultural land back into a functional wetlands and stream system. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, February 20
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$60 per Participant
Will Weaver- Maryland Operations Manager for RES

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

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