Week 5! Thursday Forest Dreamers 3.12.2020

March 19, 2020 - Forest Dreamers

In last weeks Forest Dreamer class, students learned all about watershed ecosystems! The day started in the glen with games, drawing, nature artifact collection, and observation of our local field mouse nest! Our destination today was the headwater stream. For many of us this was a new location to explore.  On our hike to the… Read more »

Week 3 Wednesday Forest Dreamers! 2-25-2020

March 3, 2020 - Forest Dreamers

The third week of Forest Dreamers was a day full of exploring the unknown! Our group traveled deeper into Irvine’s property than ever before! We started our morning with mud painting! We saw beautiful art made with all the different shades of mud. Our friends also worked together to build structures like a fort and… Read more »

Biomimicry: Burrs and Frogcicles

September 19, 2017 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Welcome to everyone!  Today was our first day of Earth Friends Biomimicry class!  It’s going to be a really exciting semester where we get the opportunity to explore all of Irvine’s ecosystems and learn about native plants and animals, some that have even inspired various types of technology and innovations.  Before we jumped into Biomimicry… Read more »

Forest Dreamers Go Into Hibernation!

December 2, 2016 - Forest Dreamers

What a wonderful week it has been at the creek! Our whole week focused around the creek and its muddy majestic-ness! From straining to sliding to moss covered fairy houses, the Forest Dreamers have returned home caked in mud and smiles! Tuesday was our second rainy day of the entire semester. We spent some time in… Read more »

Earth Friends: Living Off of The Land: Week 1!

September 23, 2016 - Earth Friends

  We had an awesome first week with the Earth Friends: Living Off of The Land class! After waving the parents goodbye, we headed to the gazebo to introduce ourselves. There we exchanged names, favorite animals, and what we wanted to do in the class. Then because talking for long periods of time can get… Read more »

Spring Has Sprung!

April 17, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

The Nature Preschool at Irvine couldn’t be more excited about the arrival of Spring! We have welcomed the warm showers and soaked up the spring sunshine with open arms! What kind of changes do you notice when we enter this new season? The changes in spring have been a huge part of our lessons the… Read more »

Make Way for Frogs

March 22, 2013 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We discovered traits and habits of amphibians – namely frogs! Favorite Activities: From frog puppets to frog skeletons we learned all about their amazing adaptations. We also disovered their transformation from egg to tadpole, froglet then frog (metamorphosis) and did a breathing experiment with a tadpole. (No animals got hurt in this experiment!) We searched the… Read more »

Buzzing Meadow Magic

May 11, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We were a-buzz learning about flowers and pollinators this week. We  made beautiful recycled flower bouquets in honor of Mother’s Day. We also planted our very own sunflower house! We continued to explore the meadow in search of beetles, butterflies, grasshoppers, bees – and the occasional hawk or frog! Next’s Week’s Theme: Water… Read more »

Rainbow Bugs

May 10, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: The world is full of colorful creatures and insects are no exception! This week we used sweep nets to gather tiny creatures in the tall grass. We compared insects to other critters like spiders and millipedes. We discovered traits that make insects special and learned how the color of their bodies helps them… Read more »