Programs for Kids & Families

PROGRAMS FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

IRVINE NATURE NAVIGATORS (MEMBERS) ONLY:

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.
Free

April: Natural Egg Dyeing
Egg dyeing is a lot of fun, especially when playing with nature’s ingredients. Discover how different spices, fruits and vegetables can be used to produce beautiful, natural colors! Just bring some boiled eggs (up to a dozen), and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting colorful.
Sunday April 5, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.
Free

May: May Flowers
As they say, April showers bring May flowers so why not try it ourselves! Join in on the fun as we learn about the ways of flowers and see if we can grow our very own in time for the springtime sun.
Sunday May 17, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.
Free

June: Musical Summer
Ever wondered how there seems to be music in the air in the summertime? Is it the wind, birds, or both? Come find out as we explore music in nature at Irvine!
Saturday June 6, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.
Free

FOR FAMILIES & KIDS:

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


SCIENCE SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
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 29- Snowstorm in a Jar
March 8- Feeding Time
March 21 (Self Led)- Birding 101
April 19 (Self Led)- Water Wonders
May 2- Flower power
May 3 (Self Led)- Aquatic Discoveries
June 13 (Self Led)-Natural Mosaics
June 21- Life Cycles
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for All!

DAY OFF CAMPS AT IRVINE
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.

TALES AND TAILS
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

NATURALLY CREATIVE
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 March 14
10 a.m. – 12 P.M.
Each Session: $25 per child

OUTDOOR WELLNESS
Join Yoga Instructor Stephanie Katsampis, from HoneyB Wellness, for Irvine’s very own outdoor yoga session. Yoga in nature transformed Stephanie’s life through giving her the tools to explore, nurture, and nourish herself in gentle yet empowering ways. Bring your own mat and an open mind to explore nature-based yoga. Rain location is indoors. For ages 8 and up.
Sunday, March 15
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
$10 per participant

ANIMAL ARCHITECTS
Animals, building, and food, who could ask for more?!? Drop off your child as they learn about animals and how they construct their homes as well as see if their own edible structures can withstand the test! Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 5-10
Saturdays March 28, April 11; Sundays May 31, June 7
(single sessions can be found through this link as well as the whole series)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All 4 sessions: $70 per participant
Each Session: $25 per participant

OWL PROWL
Do you know what goes bump or hoot in the night? Sometimes it’s an OWL! Come and join an Irvine Naturalist as we go on the search for owls on our trails. Don’t worry, if you don’t find any, you’ll get to meet Irvine’s very own Owl Ambassadors.
Friday, April 10
Fun for all ages!
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$10 per participant

PROJECT CLEAN STREAM
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.
Free

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
Join Irvine and the National Aquarium to help Baltimore compete in the international City Nature Challenge! Taking part is easy; all you have to do is find wildlife, take a picture of what you find, and share your observations on the iNaturalist App. Bring the whole family and we’ll help you get started! Urban areas throughout the world will be recognized for how many species they find and how many people participate.
Saturday April 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; Naturalist-Led session 10-11 a.m.-$10 per participant
Sunday April 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; Naturalist-Led session 10-11 a.m.-$10 per person

GETTIN’ FISHY WITH IT!
Join a Naturalist to learn about the secret underwater lives of Trout! Participants will get to see baby pictures of Irvine’s Trout in the Classroom Rainbow Trout and then view how large they’ve grown in their short time at Irvine. We will also make a fun fishy craft! We will then be joined by a Trout Unlimited volunteer to tag and release our fingerlings into the stream at Morgan Run NEA. Come for only the trout info and craft or stay and caravan over to the big release! We will search for macro-invertebrates, as well. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch for a picnic at the park!
Saturday, May 9
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$10 per participant

BREEDING BIRD ATLAS 3: A Fledgling Program (literally!)
Summer is almost upon us and Maryland’s birds are busy setting up territories, building nests, and, soon, laying eggs for this year’s broods. Come find out how you can get involved in a new statewide CITIZEN SCIENCE project—the Third MD/D.C. Breeding Bird Atlas. Everyone from professional ornithologists to weekend birding fanatics to beginners who just love the outdoors will be venturing out into nature this summer in search of signs of nesting among any and all species of birds. Come learn how to contribute to the field work—at Irvine or even in your own backyard—and learn the basics of using Cornell’s eBird website, as well. Ages 10 & up.
Saturday, May 16
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Free

HOOT-ENANNY!
Come and join Hoot as we celebrate the season of spring at Irvine! Get a sneak preview of the Irvine Butterfly House, go on a spring scavenger hunt, and even enjoy some summer nature camp activities as we move into the summer season. Fun for all ages!
Sunday, May 17
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
$10 per child (under 2 and adults are free)

HUNTERS IN THE SKY
Join a naturalist to discover the wonders of raptors. See live raptors up close, learn how to train a bird of prey, and experience a falconry demonstration! Fun for all ages!
Saturday, May 23
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
$10 per participant

SPRING 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 spring bingo. Fun for all families!
Sunday, May 24
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free for Everyone!

UN-BEE-LIEVABLE MOVIE NIGHT
Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming! That can only mean that the bees are buzzing! Come out to Irvine and join us for the Bee Movie in our very own outdoor theater. Enjoy the sounds of nature with your entire family!
Saturday, May 30
Fun for all ages!
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free (Concessions for purchase)

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