Newsletter Programs

Newsletter Programs

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

Click on the each program title to register.  If there are multiple date/time options for the program, please click on the preferred date/time option to register. 

Youth Programs

*AWESOME ANIMAL AMBASSADORS
Learn about Irvine’s Animal Ambassadors from how to take care of them, how they came to Irvine, and some fun facts! We will also go on an adventure outdoors to search for Maryland native animals. We’ll search for animal tracks and signs and even make our very own track journal so you can search for animals in your own backyard! Ages 5-7
Sundays, March 21, April 11, May 16
10-11am
$15 each program
$35 for all 3

*OUTDOOR EXPLORERS: ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS
Find out which mammals call Irvine their home as we explore for their tracks and signs. Make prints in clay and learn about track size and shape and different stride patterns. Then take home your own small tracking book. Dress for the weather, program is held outdoors. Ages 8-12
Wednesday, March 24
1-3pm
$15 per participant

*OUTDOOR EXPLORERS: NESTS AND BIRDS
Explore the world of birds as we learn about their amazing adaptations from feathers to bills. Try your hand at building a successful nest and discover the secrets of an egg’s strength before watching for birds at Irvine’s bird blind. Ages 8-12
Wednesday, April 28
1-3pm
$15 per participant

*OUTDOOR EXPLORERS: FLOWER SPECIAL
Let’s see if April showers have brought May flowers. Go on a flower scavenger hunt for different flower shapes and colors and learn how the partnership between pollinators and plants has created the variety we see. Dissect a flower to see how they perform the job of seed creation. Then we will create flower cards – just in time for Mother’s Day. Dress for the weather, program is held outdoors. Ages 8-12
Wednesday, May 5
1-3pm
$15 per participant

*OUTDOOR EXPLORERS: BUG BONANZA
This year the woods will be filled with the songs of cicadas. Discover how they make so much noise and their amazing lifecycle. Compare these insects with others that we find on a bug hunt at Irvine as we explore the world in miniature. Dress for the weather, program is held outdoors. Ages 8-12
Wednesday, May 26
1-3pm
$15 per participant

FOR FAMILIES

*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 9
7:30-9 p.m.
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are FREE)

 

*I NEED A FILTER
No! We are not talking about those Snapchat filters that make you look fabulous! For one hour, students will explore the world of watersheds, pollution, and engage in an engineering challenge to construct their own filtration and clean polluted water! We will see why the Chesapeake Bay watershed is so important to Maryland. Ages 10 – 13.

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 
Saturday, April 10
11 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

I SPY FOREST DWELLERS
I spy with my little eye… bugs, amphibians, mammals, oh my! Take a hike to r search and explore the native creatures that live in Irvine’s forest. Learn how to practice Leave No Trace, use iNaturalist (bring a phone to be camera ready!), and guidebooks to responsibly find a new forest friend. Ages 7 & up.

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 

Saturday, April 10, 1-3 p.m. 

Saturday, April 17, 1-3 p.m.

 

HOOT-ENANNY!
Come and join Hoot as we celebrate the season of spring at Irvine! Learn about the bees and the trees, go on a spring scavenger hunt, and get a sneak-peak at some summer nature camp activities as we move into the summer season. Fun for all ages!
Saturday, April 17
10 a.m.- 12 p.m. (Timed Entry every 30min)
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are FREE)

Time Blocks:
10-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11 a.m. 
11-11:30 a.m. 
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 

 

*LEAPING INTO LIFE- VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Did you know a frog’s life starts in water? Frogs spend the beginning of their life in the water and the second part on land, this means they have “two lives” which is why they’re called Amphibians. You will learn all about a frog’s lifecycle and the key differences between a frog and a toad. Come and leap into this fun program! Ages 5-8 are welcome!

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 
Saturday, April 17
1-1:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Info: 

https://zoom.us/j/97700375169?pwd=Vm41MDdjM25rbG9vVjFpUDBxU2RNZz09

Meeting ID: 977 0037 5169, Passcode: 820806

 

*ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER BEAR’S TREASURE
You don’t have to wander into the wilderness to meet critters, some of them will come to you! Well, to your trash that is. If you want to learn more about the animals that live in the place you’d least like to live, then this the program for you! Ages 5 and up, families encouraged.

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 
Saturday, April 18
2-3 p.m.

 

*TERRIFIC TERRAPINS- VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a scientist who studies animals like turtles? Well now you can do just that! Take a look at Irvine’s Maryland Diamondback Terrapin and learn how this species adapts to its environment. You’ll even learn how scientists tell the difference between a turtle, a terrapin, and a tortoise! Grades K-2 and families are welcome!

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 
Saturday, April 24
10-10:30 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97396327791?pwd=Vk51UlFiUHp5eU9ubmp2dXFWeHludz09

Meeting ID: 973 9632 7791, Passcode: 760205

 

*INSECT INSPECTIONS
Stink bugs, lantern flies, and beetles, oh my! Invasive species impact Maryland’s natural world on a daily basis. Work together as a small group to find as many bugs as possible on a guided walk through Irvine’s forest while learning about how insects can be both helpful and harmful to the world around us. Ages 4-8 (Pre-K to 3rd grade)

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 
Saturday, April 25
10-10:30 a.m.

 

*CHECKERSPOT CONSERVATION- VIRTUAL PROGRAM
What is an animal that is orange and black? Was your guess a tiger? If not, then you’d be right because it’s actually a native butterfly from the heart of Baltimore; over very own Baltimore Checkerspot! Butterflies are not only beautiful and majestic, but they are also essential to our environment. This particular butterfly even has its own unique story. Join us at Irvine for this incredible program where you’ll learn about how to help butterflies thrive, become your own butterfly craft artist, and listen to a fun story that ties the whole program together. Ages pre-K to 2nd grade and family are welcome!

This program will be led by a Towson University student educator. Free for everyone. 
Saturday, May 1
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/96176210847?pwd=NzBFU0I3ZFhQSXkyekkwTTNoTElBdz09

Meeting ID: 961 7621 0847, Passcode: 404191

 

*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 May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; Naturalist-Led session 10-11 a.m.-$10 per participant (Children under 3 are FREE)

Sunday May 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; Naturalist-Led session 10-11 a.m.-$10 per participant (Children under 3 are FREE)

 

*BUG-EYED TREK
What’s that buzzzz in the trees? What are those wings I see? Come and join us at Irvine as we go on a search for cicadas and learn more about what they do when they emerge from underground. We may even find some other bug-eyed friends and have time for a cool craft!
Sunday, May 23
11am-12pm
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are FREE)

 

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!
Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free for Everyone

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