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 

The Art of Mindful Nature Photography
Join us for a workshop on the art of mindful nature photography. The Natural World is constantly telling us a story. Learn to use your powers of Nature Observation to hear the story and your camera to create a visual interpretation of this story.  Participants in this non-technical course will explore the trails of Irvine through the lens of using photography as meditation. No experience necessary. All are welcome. This program is for ages 18+

Instructor: Frank Marsden, Nature Photographer
Saturday, September 24th, October 22nd, November 19th 
9:00 – 10:30AM
Cost: $15/participant
Pre-registration encouraged. Sign up for one class or choose to do all 3 as a series.

*WORKSHOP: Make a Natural Evergreen Wreath
Create a beautiful, all-natural wreath for your home, while enjoying some seasonal holiday teas and conversation. Join the Irvine Nature Center for this workshop where we will learn how to identify different evergreens and vines available locally. Then create a beautiful but sustainable wreath. We will provide an assortment of evergreen boughs, berries, fruits, vines, cones, and ribbons. Each participant will take a natural evergreen wreath home. This program is intended for Adults and Teens Ages 16+. If younger teens are interested, they must be accompanied by an adult. 

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Saturday, December 3rd
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $35/participant

Limited Space, must register in advance!

*WORKSHOP: Herbal Bodycare Gifts
Have some seasonal fun making sustainable and thoughtful herbal gifts to pamper body, hands, and lips.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will create an herbal lip balm for chapped lips, and beebalm body cream and relaxing herbal bath bombs using oils infused with herbs collected at Irvine. Make and take home 4 of each product (1 for you, 3 to give as gifts) made from quality, sustainable ingredients. All participants will leave with multiple herbal bodycare products. This program is intended for Adults.. 

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, December 4th
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $35/participant
Limited Space, must register in advance!

 

NATURE EXPLORATION Programs 

*Bring Home the Butterflies: Gardening for Monarchs
Want to help our monarch butterflies continue their amazing migration to Mexico? Discover the secrets to making your yard irresistible to monarchs in this workshop packed with the latest pollinator garden research.  Do you know which plants are most likely to be chosen by picky monarch mums looking for a place to lay her eggs? Or which fall flowers provide the best nectar? Learn about the plants that offer the best nutrition and how location will determine the number of monarchs they will attract. Age 18+ All participants will take home a starter pack of plants for your butterfly garden. 

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Saturday, September 10th
1:30 – 3:30PM
Cost: $20 per participant

 

*Birding: Fall Flights of Feathered Friends
Did you know that even though you rarely hear them sing there are more birds to be seen during autumn than any other time of year? And Irvine is a great place to explore the diversity of east coast birds! Become better acquainted with the field marks, habits, and timing of dozens of migrants which pass through Irvine’s woods, meadows, and wetlands every fall, en route to warmer climes to the south. Join Irvine’s resident bird nerd for a 2-hour guided hike. Beginning birders welcome; no experience necessary!  This program is intended for Adults and Children 10+

Instructor: Brian Rollfinke, Director of Education
Sunday, September 18th, October 2nd, October 16th
8:00 – 10:00AM
Cost: $10 per participant

 

*FORAGING: Pawpaw & More
Pawpaws are one of the jewels of the foraging calendar and well worth hunting for. Find out why the largest fruit on the East Coast is rarely available to buy despite their unique tropical flavor.  Take a hike to explore the season’s bounty at Irvine during one of the best times of the year to forage. Then discuss ways to harvest, prepare and preserve the many fall foods now available to ensure maximum flavor.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, September 18th
2:00 – 4:00PM
Cost: $15 per person

 

*FORAGING: Know Your Nuts
Explore the nut trees: oaks, hickories and walnut as we learn the keys to identification by leaf, nut and bark.  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! Discover which nuts are worth collecting to eat and methods to process, store and open.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
Sunday, October 9th
1:30 – 3:30PM
Cost: $15 per person

 

*FALL NATURE EXCURSION: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
This is the first in a NEW SERIES of Quarterly Day Trips! Spend the day with other nature lovers, traveling together in the Irvine mini-bus to explore some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best wildlife hotspots.

For this first excursion, we will witness the beginning of fall waterfowl migration, when tens of thousands of ducks, geese, and swans descend upon the tidal marshes of Dorchester County. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is one of the very best sites on the East Coast to witness Bald Eagles and one of the last strongholds of the rare Delmarva Fox Squirrel. The day will include a visit to the nearby Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center. On the return trip we will stop for an evening meal at a local seafood restaurant in the Kent Narrows area. The Fall Nature Excursion will depart from Irvine and participants will travel together in the Irvine bus. This program is intended for Adults and teens ages 15+.

Instructor: Brian Rollfinke, Director of Education
Saturday, November 5th
8:30AM –8:30PM
Cost: $80 per person (does not include price of dinner)

 

Fire Cider For All! A Traditional Herbal Remedy
Fire Cider is a traditional herbal folk remedy that uses simple, accessible kitchen ingredients to create a powerful winter wellness tonic! This vinegar-based infusion can relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, increase digestion and circulation, and keep our immune system strong all winter long.

In this class we’ll discuss the history and tradition of Fire Cider, the benefits and medicinal properties of each ingredient, as well as guidelines for sharing this medicine with family and friends. Everyone will create their very own batch of Fire Cider to take home, as well as the knowledge to keep this herbal tradition alive for generations to come! Please bring a pint sized jar. All other materials will be provided. This workshop is intended for adults and teens, age 16+.

Instructor: Katelyn, Hey Thanks! Herbal Co.
Sunday, November 6th
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $45 per person

 

*Better Birdfeeding: Bolster your Backyard for a Bounty of Birds
Looking to attract a wide array of beautiful birds? Learn helpful tips for turning your backyard feeding station into a magnet for a greater variety of birds. Explore which foods you should offer to attract new species, how to keep birds safe with proper hygiene, and which feeder types – and locations – generally offer the best protection from both predators and those pesky squirrels. We’ll also discuss how simple ‘citizen science’ endeavors, like Project FeederWatch, can make monitoring backyard birds even more fun, while contributing to a continent-wide scientific database! We’ll end with a visit to Irvine’s bird-feeding blinds to learn how to easily identify some of the ‘look-alike’ species you might attract. This program is intended for adults.

Instructor: Brian Rollfinke, Director of Education
Saturday, November 12th
9:00 – 11:00AM
Cost: $15 per person

 

*#OPTOUTSIDE – Opt for an Adult Nature Hike
Instead of shopping, choose nature and fresh air with Naturalist Clare.  On this hike we will explore some of the less known trails at Irvine as the seasons change. Notice how plants and animals are preparing for the cold weather of winter. Learn some of the history of this land that has shaped the habitats we see today.  Dress for the weather with good shoes. This program is intended for adults.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Friday, November 25th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $10 per participant

 

*WORKSHOP: Make a Natural Evergreen Wreath
Create a beautiful, all-natural wreath for your home, while enjoying some seasonal holiday teas and conversation. Join the Irvine Nature Center for this workshop where we will learn how to identify different evergreens and vines available locally. Then create a beautiful but sustainable wreath. We will provide an assortment of evergreen boughs, berries, fruits, vines, cones, and ribbons. Each participant will take a natural evergreen wreath home. This program is intended for Adults and Teens Ages 16+. If younger teens are interested, they must be accompanied by an adult. 

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Saturday, December 3rd
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $35/participant
Limited Space, must register in advance!

 

*WORKSHOP: Herbal Bodycare Gifts
Have some seasonal fun making sustainable and thoughtful herbal gifts to pamper body, hands, and lips.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will create an herbal lip balm for chapped lips, and beebalm body cream and relaxing herbal bath bombs using oils infused with herbs collected at Irvine. Make and take home 4 of each product (1 for you, 3 to give as gifts) made from quality, sustainable ingredients. All participants will leave with multiple herbal bodycare products. This program is intended for Adults.. 

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, December 4th
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $35/participant
Limited Space, must register in advance!

 

Health and wellness Programs 

Community Acupuncture Sessions with Seasonal Insights
This is a two-part event offered by Mend Acupuncture – a class and an acupuncture session. We will start with an interactive class where we discuss a brief history of Chinese medicine and how it differs from Western medicine. You’ll be able to ask questions and see how a typical treatment happens at a local clinic (our partner, Mend Acupuncture). You’ll leave the class with tips, tricks, and tools to use in your own life to better live in harmony with the seasons. After the class portion, you will have the opportunity to experience the relaxing and balancing benefits of acupuncture for yourself. Age 15+ Choose to attend the class from 10-11AM ($10), sign up for a 30-minute community acupuncture session between 11am-1PM ($35), or both!.

Instructors:  Julia Flaccavento, RYT-200; Practitioner: Dana Robinson, L.Ac., Mend Acupuncture
Saturday, September 17th
Class 10:00 – 11:00AM; Acupuncture 11:00AM-1:00PM
Cost: Class only – $10 or Acupuncture & Class or Acupuncture only – $35 per person
Preregistration encouraged by Thursday, 9/15.

WELLNESS WORKSHOP: Breathe-Flow-Connect
Come enjoy a wellness workshop designed to educate and empower individuals through community, health, and connection. This class gives people the opportunity to learn tools to optimize their mental health and take an active part in their own wellbeing.  Growth is achieved through consistent, focused practice and we explore the key areas of breathwork, gentle movement, cold water, journaling, and time with nature. Explore Irvine through a half day immersive workshop designed to remedy the stresses of modern working life and provide a space for growth and connection. Intended for ages 14+ No experience necessary. All are welcome. 

Instructor: Coby Sultran
Sunday, September 18th
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $35/participant
Preregistration encouraged by Friday, 9/16.

Awe Walks for Wellness
The potential benefits of awe for your mind, body, and social connections make it an emotion worth cultivating. But you don’t have to take a trip to Mount Everest to reap its benefits. One of the most common sources of awe is found in nature. Awe is also found in the everyday like watching the leaves of a tree change from green to yellow. Join us for an hour of awe as we mindfully walk through the trails at Irvine Nature Center.  We will speak about what awe is, why we need to practice it and how to cultivate it on a daily basis.  The class will conclude with seated reflection and sharing in community. This program is intended for adults and children age 14+.

Instructor: Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative Staff
Monday, September 26th and Saturday, October 29th
times vary
Cost: $15 per participant

Qigong and Tai Chi
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. Age 18+ No prior experience needed. All are welcome.

Instructors: Mary Pinkard, NQA Level II Instructor, and Michele Tsonis 
Offered Sundays, October 9th – November 13th
9:30 – 10:30AM
Cost: $10/participant
Register for one or more session dates. Preregistration available, walkups welcome.

Nature Informed Mental Health and Wellbeing
Building resiliency through connection and creating a toolbox to regulate your nervous system – This 6-week program integrates nature connection with mindfulness and other resiliency practices to assist people in regulating stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. The course is led by a team of mental health professionals and includes guided relaxation, mindfulness and breathing techniques, forest bathing invitations, and therapeutic group conversations. We will explore nature’s role in stress reduction, a healthy lifestyle, and greater resiliency through intentional connection and relationship with the natural world. Ages 18+

Instructor: Zoe Jack LMSW, RYT, Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative 
Every Wednesday, October 12th-November 16th
5:30 – 7:00PM
Cost: $25/class
Register for one or more session dates.

Sunset Sound Bath with Herbal Tea Tasting
Join us for a sound bath and herbal tea tasting with Lionel Matthews from Tranquility Sound Therapy and community herbalist Kate Galarza.  The night will begin with the sound bath as the practitioner utilizes crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, ocean drums and the natural sounds of nature as tools to bring the mind and body to a blissful meditative state. Following the sound bath session, participants will enjoy 5 calming and nourishing single-plant herbal teas to continue the night of relaxation.  We’ll use our senses to experience the infusions and discuss the therapeutic actions of each plant.  Be sure to carve out some time to nourish YOURSELF so you can nourish the loved ones around you. Age 16+ No experience necessary. All are welcome.

Instructors: Lionel Matthews, Sound Healing Therapist & Kate Galarza, Community Herbalist
Friday, October 7th
6:00 – 7:30PM
Cost: $25/participant

 

YOGA: Autumn Letting Go With Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy
Restorative Yoga offers an autumn reset as the body, heart, and mind slow down and let go of worries and burdens with deep relaxing yoga shapes and the sensorial experiences of aromatherapy. Held in the lap of Mother Earth, we invite each grounded yoga pose, using supportive props and plant scents, to soothe and heal vulnerabilities and stresses. Return home with greater ease, clarity, and spaciousness and your own homemade bottle of aromatherapy spray to carry you into winter. This program is intended for Adults and teens age 14+. Beginners welcome.

Bring your own yoga mat, two pillows, one small blanket, and a sarong or long scarf. Supplies are provided for making your own aromatherapy spray.

Instructor: Mira Tessman MA, LCPC – Yoga Therapeutics, Mindfulness Meditation, and Mindfulness-Based/Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, Wellspring Healing Arts 
Sunday, October 16th 
3:00 – 5:00PM
Cost: $35/participant
Preregistration encouraged by Wed, 10/12. Program will be canceled if minimum is not met.

Herbal Remedies for Winter Wellness
Want to stay well this winter? It’s easier than you might think! In fact, most everything you need to tend to the common cold can be found just outside your door, in your spice cabinet or in the produce section of your local grocery store. In this class you’ll begin to see common herbs and foods in a whole new way as we discuss traditional herbal remedies like fire cider, elderberry syrup, herbal honeys and cold care teas. You’ll craft your own custom herbal blend to make an immune boosting syrup at home and leave class feeling inspired, empowered and prepared for any illness this chilly winter season might throw your way. This program is intended for adults and teens, age 16+.

Instructor: Katelyn, Hey Thanks! Herbal Co.
Saturday, October 22nd
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $45 per person

Fire Cider For All! A Traditional Herbal Remedy
Fire Cider is a traditional herbal folk remedy that uses simple, accessible kitchen ingredients to create a powerful winter wellness tonic! This vinegar-based infusion can relieve sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, increase digestion and circulation, and keep our immune system strong all winter long.

In this class we’ll discuss the history and tradition of Fire Cider, the benefits and medicinal properties of each ingredient, as well as guidelines for sharing this medicine with family and friends. Everyone will create their very own batch of Fire Cider to take home, as well as the knowledge to keep this herbal tradition alive for generations to come! Please bring a pint sized jar. All other materials will be provided. This workshop is intended for adults and teens, age 16+.

Instructor: Katelyn, Hey Thanks! Herbal Co.
Sunday, November 6th
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $45 per person

*WORKSHOP: Herbal Bodycare Gifts
Have some seasonal fun making sustainable and thoughtful herbal gifts to pamper body, hands, and lips.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will create an herbal lip balm for chapped lips, and beebalm body cream and relaxing herbal bath bombs using oils infused with herbs collected at Irvine. Make and take home 4 of each product (1 for you, 3 to give as gifts) made from quality, sustainable ingredients. All participants will leave with multiple herbal bodycare products. This program is intended for Adults.. 

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, December 4th
1:00 – 3:30PM
Cost: $35/participant
Limited Space, must register in advance!

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