*Irvine membership discounts apply to specific programs. See our program descriptions for more information*
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Youth and Family Programs
FALL FOODS OF MARYLAND’S FIRST PEOPLE
Take a family friendly hike back through time to the Native American site at Irvine to learn how food was hunted, gathered and grown before 1492. We will look for wild foods on our hike, see what is ready to harvest in the 3 Sisters garden and try some food preparation methods. Then test your skills at the types of chores and games Native American children would have done.
Sunday, October 3
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how Maryland’s native animals use their amazing physical and behavioral adaptations to avoid predators! Join an Irvine Naturalist in exploring various survival strategies through a story, craft, and animal encounter. Ages 5 and up.
Saturday, September 25
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$15, or $10 if Parent/Caregiver is participating in “Your Autumn Journal”
Join an Irvine Naturalist on a fall hike through the beautiful flowering meadows. Look for native pollinators such as bees, birds, and butterflies, take a pit-stop to observe Irvine’s honeybee hives, and even visit the butterfly house. Ages 5 and up.
Sunday, September 26
1:00 – 3:00 PM concurrent with “Sketch with Me” adult program
$10, or $5 if Parent/Caregiver is participating in “Sketch with Me”
*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
*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