Programs and Workshops for Adults

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Programs with an * are eligible for a member discount. 

Art in Nature Programs 

Intro to Nature Photography 
Join us for a 6-week series on nature photography.  Participants in the course will begin each class by learning the basics of digital photography, ranging from lighting to compositional techniques. Then the woods of Irvine Nature Center will provide them with a studio to experiment in, with the guidance of nature photographer Payton Pan.  Participants will be given a courtesy print of their favorite photo at the end of the 6-week series.
Thursdays, September 23 through November 4
4:30-6:00 PM
$90 for the series

Your Autumn Journal
Learn to stitch together a journal for your autumn notes and drawings using traditional techniques. Create a custom cover using natural and recycled materials. Get inspiration to start filling it up. Materials provided. Instructor: Karen Dillon
Saturday, September 25
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 (includes materials)

Sketch With Me Sundays – Fall 2021
Sketch “plein air” with a naturalist/artist. Explore the trails and pause to record the quiet wonders of nature. Writing and drawing prompts provided for inspiration. Pack lightly and dress for weather. Bring a sketch pad or journal, drawing tools, small camp stool. Instructor: Karen Dillon

  • September 26 – Little Things
  • October 24 – Color & Shapes
  • November 14 – Inking the Trees

1:00-3:00 PM
$20 per class (You can register for as few or as many sessions as you like.)

Sea of Grasses
Capture the subtle colors of the Autumn meadow. Explore the delicate shapes of grass, sedge and reeds. Create a greeting card with matching envelope using watercolor and ink. Instructor: Karen Dillon
Saturday, October 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 (includes materials)

Nature’s Artbox
A hands-on workshop to inspire you to experiment with natural materials. Learn to make art supplies using nuts, charcoal, twigs,  pigments and more. Take home samples. Materials provided. Dress for a mess. Instructor: Karen Dillon
Saturday, November 13
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 (includes materials)

*Coiled Pine Needle Jewelry 
Make custom jewelry from foraged pine needles and colorful waxed thread or embroidery floss.  Project can be a pair of earrings or pendant (earring hooks/pendant cord and clasp provided).  Suitable for beginners, all skill levels are welcome, but these small scale projects require some finger dexterity and strength.  Feel free to bring a comfortable folding chair – if it is cold we will sit around a fire to work. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Saturday, November 21
1:00 – 3:00 PM
$20

Natural History Programs 

*Forage the First Fruits of Fall 
Explore Irvine’s trails for the first fruits, berries, seeds and nuts of fall with forager naturalist Clare as we practice the skill of correct identification and assessing when fruits are ripe. Discover where to safely and ethically harvest and the best ways to pick and store each plant. Then we will look at preparation techniques and hopefully sample our harvest. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Saturday, September 18
1:30-3:00 PM
$15 per participant

*Late Summer Bees
Did you know that Maryland has over 400 species of bees? Their diversity and small size can make identification tricky but focusing on a single season helps the beginner start. Practice safely netting bees to allow close observation and discover how to take better photographs that allow identification. Let’s celebrate the release of the first ever field guide to eastern bees this September as we learn to identify some of the fall bees seen at Irvine. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Sunday, September 19
1:30-3:30 PM
$15 per participant

*Fall Flights of Feathered Friends
One might never know, given how dramatically songs and calls diminish in late summer, but there are more birds to be seen during autumn than any other time of year. And Irvine is an unusually good place to explore the diversity of east coast avifauna! Become better acquainted with the field marks, habits, and timing of dozens of migrating species which pass through Irvine’s woods, meadows, and wetlands every fall, enroute to warmer climes to the south. Beginning birders welcome; no experience necessary. Instructor: Brian Rollfinke
Sundays, September 26, October 10, and October 24
8:00-10:00 AM
$10 per class

*Know Your Nuts
Do you know your white from red oaks – at Irvine we have 8 different species? If you want to know the best type of acorns for foraging and wildlife this is the hike for you. Explore the nut trees: oaks, hickories and walnut as we learn the keys to identification by leaf, nut and bark. Discover which can be eaten and methods to process and store. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Sunday, October 3
2:00 – 4:00 PM
$15

*Stunning Succulents
Join a Naturalist to design your own succulent display. Learn how to care for, propagate, and maintain beautiful succulent arrangements. We will also discuss succulents in their natural habitat and why they have become such popular houseplants and landscaping plants. Each participant will leave with a small arrangement of at least 5+ different succulent varieties. Ages 14+ Instructor: Jenna Mele
Tuesday, October 5
4:00-5:00 PM
$30 (includes materials)

*Fall Pollinator Garden Workshop
The easiest time to start a pollinator garden is fall. This workshop will cover a simple no-dig way to prepare a garden for planting in the spring and recommended native pollinator plants – even for those with deer and clay soils. Discover the importance of providing fall nectar sources and the right winter habitat. Tour some of Irvine’s gardens, then practice dividing plants and seed collection as cost saving ways to get plants. Take home some plants and seeds to get your garden started and a garden design. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Sunday, October 24
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$20

*The Roots of Foraging
Fall is when plants take the energy from the summer’s growth and store in their roots. This program will celebrate the changing of the seasons as we hike to find and identify useful plants as they lose their leaves. Practice how to safely and ethically harvest fall plants used for foods and drinks. Finish by relaxing as we brew and sample some fall beverages from root beer to chicory. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Saturday, November 6
2:30 – 4:00 PM
$15

*Primitive Fire Making Workshop
Rubbing sticks to make fire? It’s friction, not fiction. Discover how fire was created for most of human history in this program based at Irvine’s Native American site. This small-group workshop will take you step by step through the process. Participants will make their own bow drill kit and practice using it to create an ember for fire starting. The kit will be yours to take home along with the knowledge on how to use it. Bring water, lunch or snacks, and a small, sharp knife (there will be some available to borrow). If it’s cold we will have a fire to keep you warm. The Native American site is a 15 minute walk from the parking lot.  For adults and teens 13 with accompanying adult Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Sunday, November 7
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$30

*Bird Feeding 101
The feathered fowl has fattened and will be the featured focus of your family’s feast. How fitting to return the favor by filling feeders with foods to fuel our flighted forest friends to flourish through the frigid, frosty fortnights ahead! Fancy a feeding frenzy not far from your front door . . . Feel for famished flickers fortunate to flap in and find fresh, flavorful feed. Follow flocks of foraging finches as they flit and flutter with frivolity. Flip through fascinating field guides, familiarize with fond favorites, and find out how feeders figure to foster your yard birds to fend off frozen feet and facilitate faring favorably this winter. Instructor: Brian Rollfinke
Sunday, November 21
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
$10

Health and wellness Programs 

Wellness Celebration
During this FREE series-sampler, attend mini-classes led by our instructors and try out a variety of Health and Wellness classes available at Irvine this fall. There will be music, snacks, and activities for the children while you take time for yourself.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
10: 00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Qigong and Tai Chi – Fall 2021
Participants will enjoy practicing these moving meditative forms of body, mind, and spirit to deepen their connection to nature. Qigong forest bathing and Qigong walks will be additional components of each class. Instructor: Mary Pinkard
Alternating Sundays, September 19 through November 14
9:30-10:30 AM
$10 per person

Mindful Monday Boost – Fall 2021
Calm the mind, energize the body + start the week refreshed!  This is a nature-inspired guided meditation class.  It will be a mix of seated & walking (guided) meditation plus mindfulness tips to integrate into the week.  Your journey will begin with a lovely walk to the Gazebo where we will gather for class.  For beginners and those with experience. Instructor: Jill Adler
Mondays, September 20 through October 25
9:15-9:45 AM
$7 per person

Hiking Boot Camp – Fall 2021
Get in shape, in nature! This class will include calisthenics and bodyweight strength exercises through a full range circuit, followed by a 1/4 mile hike.  Enjoy getting stronger while taking in the beautiful views at Irvine.  All levels of experience are welcomed. Instructor: Pete Munsey
Saturdays, September 25 through November 20
3:00-4:00 PM
$15 per class

*Herbal Salve Workshop
Make an all-natural first aid kit that fits in a pocket. This workshop will teach you how to make 2 herbal salves for gently treating skin irritations and bug bites, and aches and pains. We will hike to find wild plants, discuss their herbal properties and how to correctly identify and harvest them. Then examine different methods of infusion and types of oils that will allow you to create personalized products. Take home 2 tins of salve, recipe ideas and the knowledge to continue your salve making journey. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Saturday, October 2
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
$25 per person

Yoga and Mindfulness
Our yoga classes are based on the research-based Breath Curriculum created by the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation. The classes empower participants with tools and skills for peaceful conflict resolution, improved focus and concentration, greater control and awareness of thoughts and emotions, improved self-regulation, as well as stress reduction and relaxation. The classes are based on yoga, meditation, breathing, tai-chi, centering, and other mindfulness techniques. The sessions can be taught using a mate or in a chair. Come learn ways to build resilience! Instructor: Holistic Life Foundation
Saturdays, October 2 through October 16
9:30-10:30 AM
$15 per person

Nature Informed Mental Health and Resiliency
This program is a six-week program that integrates nature connection with mindfulness and other resiliency practices to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. The course is led by a team of licensed therapists. The course program includes guided relaxation, mostly mindfulness and breathing techniques, forest bathing invitations, therapeutic group conversations, and information about stress and stress reactions, a healthy lifestyle, as well as nature’s role in health and stress reduction. Instructor: Zoe Jack, LMSW, RYT and Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Mondays, October 4 through November 8
5:00-6:30 PM
$25 per session / $130 for entire series

Mindfulness Based Gratitude Nature Walk
Science shows that gratitude is a simple, yet effective practice to encourage happiness, improved health, and resilience. Mindfulness has been shown to help train the mind to experience what is here in the moment. Nature has the ability to calm our nervous systems as we connect with landscapes that our ancestors have been interacting with for hundreds of thousands of years.

Come join Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher from Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative’s Center For Nature Informed Therapy, on the Mindfulness Based Gratitude Walk at Irvine Nature Center where we will engage in techniques to ground our energy. We will scan for what we are thankful for in each moment, connect deeply with the healing aspects of the natural world, and learn to cultivate peace in a tumultuous time.

This class is for those who are interested in learning and practicing the art of gratitude, mindfulness, and nature connection.

Instructor: Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Thursdays, October 14 through November 18
5:00-6:00 PM
Sliding Scale $10-$20 per person (You can register for as few or as many sessions as you like. When you register, you will choose either $10 rate, $15 rate, or $20 rate based on your own assessment of what you can afford.)

*Natural Lip Balm Workshop For Teens
A fun, hands-on class where teens get to make lip balms from scratch. Learn how to vary ingredients for different flavors and textures to create a personalized lip balm. Then we will find common plants that can be infused in oil to create an herbal balm for winter chapped lips. Take home two of each type (one for you and one for a friend) and the knowledge to make lip balms again in your own kitchen. Instructor: Clare Walker, PhD, Master Naturalist
Sunday, October 24
2:00 – 3:30 PM
$20 per person

Nature Informed Mindfulness and Yoga Event
Come join Mira and Phillip in a 1.5 hour event that invites the healing powers of nature to improve mental health and wellbeing through the practices of yoga and mindfulness. This event will include yoga/mindful movement & nature-informed mindfulness meditation with metta for self, community, world peace, and will conclude with a final sharing circle. No experience is needed. This is a donation-based event with a sliding scale suggested donation of $30-50. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel, lawn chair or cushion, and water bottle. Spaces are limited. Instructors: “Mira” Mary E. Tessman, MA, LCPC, RYT-500, C-IAYT and Phillip McKnight, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Sunday November 7th
1:00 – 2:30 PM
$30-$50 per person

Registration through CMHC https://www.cmhcweb.com/event-details/nature-informed-mindfulness-and-yoga-1

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