Programs for Kids & Families



February: Love Bugs
The wonderful world of bugs often goes undiscovered and unloved. Join an Irvine Naturalist as we look into this mysterious world of the creepy crawlies and find yourself learning to love them in a new way!
Sunday February 23, 2020

March: Babies in Bloom
Become an Irvine detective as we go on the hunt for springtime babies. Join an Irvine Naturalist as we search for signs of new life from baby birds, to baby bunnies, to even the tiniest tadpole. Don’t fret! Even if you can’t find any nature babies outdoors, you’ll get a sneak peek at something new when you get back from your adventure!
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.


*Irvine Nature Navigator membership discounts apply to all programs. See our Membership page for more information*

Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. One Saturday and Sunday a month, families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include crafts and hands on exhibits and more. All ages.
February 23 (Self Led)- Maple Tree Hunt
February 29- Snowstorm in a Jar
March 8- Feeding Time
March 21 (Self Led)- Birding 101
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for All!

No school and no plans today? Explore outdoors with us instead! Expect trail walks, nature games, crafts, stories, animal encounters and more. Children should wear nature-friendly clothing and bring a lunch. We’ll head outside even with snow on the ground! Sign-up now – this popular program sells out fast! For more information, visit our website. Age groups: 5-7 and 8-10. Aftercare available.
Apr. 6, 2020 – Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
Apr. 7, 2020 – Raging Reptiles
Apr. 8, 2020 – Scales and Tails
Apr. 9, 2020 – Feathered Friends
Apr. 10, 2020 – Maryland’s Mammals
Apr. 13, 2020 – Animal Caretakers
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$85 per child
Aftercare (4p.m. – 6p.m.) is an additional fee.

Join Irvine Nature Center every Friday at 10:00am for FREE Storytime. Hear a story, sing songs, watch a puppet show, and meet an animal friend. All ages welcome!
Every Friday
10-11 a.m.
Free for everyone

If your child likes art, animals, food and nature, then they will love our Naturally Creative series! Drop off your child as they unleash their inner artist by painting with the possum, crafting with critters, and even creating their own EDIBLE art. Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 5-10 – this is a two-hour drop off program.
Saturday February 22
Saturday March 14
10 a.m. – 12 P.M.
Each Session: $25 per child

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).
Saturday, February 8th 10-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 8th 1-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15th 10-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 15th 1-2:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 9th 10-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 9th 1-2:30 p.m.
Sunday, February
16th 10-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 16th 1-2:30 p.m.
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are Free)

Irvine Nature Center is participating in Project Clean Stream again! Every spring, tens of thousands of volunteers come together to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods — the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region! Cleanups take place across the entire Chesapeake watershed, in all 6 Bay states and DC. Irvine will be focusing on Garrison Forest Road and surrounding areas including our trails. To volunteer or to lead a cleanup closer to you, please contact Ben Fertig, fertigb@explorenature.org
Saturday, April 18th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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