Newsletter Programs

Newsletter Programs

*Irvine Nature Navigator membership discounts apply to specific programs. See our program descriptions for more information*

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Youth Programs

WINTER WILDLIFE
Join us for this 3 part-series where we dive into the world of mammals. See different mammal skulls, look for tracks on the Irvine’s trails, and make your own track story. You’ll even get to meet an Irvine Animal Ambassador!
Sunday January 17, 24, 31
11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
$30 per child for all 3 sessions (Ages 5-8 & 9-12) *NN Discounts apply

PLAYING WITH FIRE FOR WOMEN
Learn the art of fire building in a supportive environment. Discover where to find dry wood and tinder even in winter, which woods burn best and how to build and start a fire. Try using a bow drill kit, fire sticks and much more.
Saturday, February 13
1-3 p.m.
$10 per participant (Women and young women Ages 13+)

FOCUS: FEEDER FEAST
Half a year removed from those ‘dog days’ of summer, it’ the harshest time in nature’s calendar. Berries and nuts from the previous year are mostly depleted, and nights are long and bitter cold. Our brave winter bird residents could really use a handout to push through ‘til spring arrives. Join an Irvine naturalist to observe, up close, the hardy feathered friends who frequent our bird feeding stations. Help collect data for a continent-wide citizen science project that tracks when and where winter birds are feeding and look for a few of the ‘irruptive’ species that have trekked down from Canada this winter.
Saturday, February 20
10-11:30 a.m.
$10 per participant (Ages 8+)

FOR FAMILIES

FEEDING FRENZY
What do the animals at Irvine eat? How are their diets prepared? Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at how and what we feed our animal ambassadors. Fun for all ages!
Saturday December 5
10-11 a.m.
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are Free) *NN Discounts Apply

CAMPFIRE FUN
Do you like just hanging around the campfire and enjoying the warm glow? Ever take a winter hike and wish you had a cozy fire at the end? Come and join us around the campfire; you’ll warm back up and even make a delicious campfire snack.
Saturday’s December 12 & 19; January 16 & 23; February 20 & 27
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Timed Entry)
Free

HOOT’S FIRE AND ICE FESTIVAL
Come and join Hoot for some winter fun! Enjoy time by a camp fire and making your own s’more. You’ll even make a fun icy craft, while also seeing fun animal friends as they adapt to the winter climate. We hope families will see winter in a whole new and exciting way through our festival of fun!
Sunday, December 13
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Timed entry)
$10 per child over 3 (Children under 3 are Free)

WINTER BINGO
Looking for something to do with your whole family? Have family who haven’t been to Irvine before? Come to Irvine and do your self-led winter bingo. Fun for all families!
Saturdays December 19 and 26, Sunday December 20 and 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free for Everyone

FALCONRY – HUNTERS IN THE SKY
Ever wonder what it means to be a falconer or how you can identify a bird of prey? Join a naturalist to discover the wonders of raptors. Learn what it takes to become a falconer, how to train a bird of prey, and the joys of your first free-flight! Fun for all ages!
Saturday, January 9
10 – 11 a.m.
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are Free)

WINTER AMONGST THE TREES
Take a hike on Irvine’s trails to discover the secret to identifying trees in winter. Learn about the traditional and medicinal uses of local trees. Finish by tasting herbal teas made from twigs and needles we collect.
Saturday, January 23
1-3 p.m.
$10 per participant (Adults and Children ages 12+ with an Adult)

MAPLE MAGIC
There’s magic in our trees! Join Irvine’s naturalists in a quest to make delicious syrup. Learn to identify maple trees, properly tap a tree to collect its sugary sap and convert the sticky fluid into syrup. You’ll even get a taste of this liquid gold as a reward for all the hard work! All ages (with adult).
Saturdays February 6th and 13th, Sundays February 7th and 14th
10-11:30 a.m. AND 1-2:30 p.m.
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are Free) *NN Discounts Apply

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