At Irvine Nature Center, our programs and classes are rooted in our love of nature and our mission to teach both current and future generations the importance of protecting and respecting our environment. We hope that you can join us for one of our Public Programs or Classes:
SCIENCE SUNDAYS (Members-Only Drop-In Program)
Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month, families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. All ages.
June 2- Spring Peepers
June 23- Windy Days
July 14- Sunny Skies
August 11- Summer Fun
August 25- Native Plants
September 8- Fall Beginnings
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for members!
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.
Wednesday, June 5- Aquatic Adventures
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$75 members, $85 non-members.
Aftercare (4p.m. – 6p.m.) is an additional fee
TALES & TAILS
Join Irvine Nature Center every Friday at 10:00am for FREE storytime. Hear a story, sing songs, and meet an animal friend. All ages welcome!
Every Friday; 10 – 11a.m.
Free for everyone
Explore the connection between bees, plants, and people. Come roam in our meadow and see bees up close and in action as they move from plant to plant. You may even get a chance at having a tasty treat! Fun for all ages!
Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 30
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
$2 for Members, $10 for Non-Members
Butterflies are so awesome that we want to devote a whole week to them. We want to give lepidopterologists (butterfly enthusiasts) a chance to celebrate. We will have extended hours in the butterfly house to keep the party going. All ages.
Saturday September 7 – Sunday September 15
Free to Everyone!
FALCONRY – HUNTERS IN THE SKY
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, August 3
10 – 11 a.m.
$2 for Members, $10 for Non-Members
Does your child love being outside? Join the Outdoor Adventurers! Each session will be an exciting blend of outdoor skills, science projects, and spring discoveries. We will work as a team to explore, respect, and protect nature! Ages 7-12
Sunday, June 9
$15 members, $25 non-members
Enjoy a fun hike to our stream and immerse in some aquatic exploration to find critters like crayfish, caddisflies, and salamanders. Ages 5 & up.
Sunday June 16 & Saturday August 10
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday July 20 & Sunday July 28
12 -2 p.m.
$2 for members, $10 non-members
SUMMER SCAVENGER HUNT
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 SUMMER scavenger hunt. Fun for all families!
Saturdays July 6 & August 31
Sunday July 7 & September 1
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free for Everyone!
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Come and join your Irvine friends are our very own Teddy Bear Picnic! Bring your favorite stuffed animal, enjoy a light picnic with our own animal friends, and our own story time! Ages 2-8
Sunday August 4
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$2 for members, $5 non-members (parents are free)
YOUNG REMBRANDT’S SUMMER WORKSHOP
Welcome to the Young Rembrandts summer workshop series! This summer we will travel south of the border, capture culinary mischief, and explore a fantasy forest. Your child will create amazing pastel masterpieces that you will want framed! After a break, we will continue with our cartoon workshop, developing technique while portraying various characters and expressions. Seats are limited, so enroll now for our enriching pastel and cartoon combo that starts in July! Ages 6-13
Saturdays July 13, 20 & 27
Sundays July 14, 21, & 28
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$150 for the whole series
$30 per day session
Join a Falconer to discover the world falconry and raptors. Learn what it takes to become a falconer, how to train a bird of prey, and the joys of your first free-flight! Gain new knowledge in the world of falconry.
Saturday, September 7
10am – 12pm
$5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members.
FALL VOLUNTEER NATURALIST TRAINING
Become a volunteer naturalist at Irvine! This course teaches new volunteers how to lead educational outreaches for school groups at their school. We’ll cover outreach themes, natural history and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with kids! Snacks provided, must attend ALL sessions.
Tuesday and Thursday September 10 & 12 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (snacks provided), Monday September 16
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday September 18
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Free, but participants are expected to lead field trips during the fall semester
IRVINE EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE
Interested in the Nature Preschool or Little Birds? Join us for our Open House. Adults can hear about our popular programs, ask questions, and meet staff while children can play and engage in hands-on exploration! No RSVP needed. For questions, please contact Katie Rooney at RooneyK@ExploreNature.org
Saturday, November 16
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
NATIVE PLANT SEMINAR & SALE
Join us for the 28th annual Native Plant Seminar & Sale! It’s perfect for homeowners, garden club enthusiasts, nursery/landscape professionals, land managers and environmental educators. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon. This seminar provides a great opportunity to increase your knowledge about native vegetation, sustainable practices and the conservation of our regional landscapes. Saturday, August 24, 2019
SPRING & SUMMER INTERN SYMPOSIA
Did you know that Irvine offers internships for college and high school students? Interns work closely with their supervisors to gain firsthand experience and knowledge related to their fields of interest. Come and see what our interns accomplish! Light refreshments will be available. Applications for Summer and Fall 2019 internships are now being accepted. Contact Ben Fertig:
10a.m. – 12p.m.
Free for everyone
WEEKEND WEED WARRIORS
With 210 acres, Irvine has its fair share of weeds. Particularly invasive species that crowd out native plants. We’re working to manage them by focusing on removing Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) and Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) in/around our Woodland Garden and Native American site. We’ll train you to spot the stuff wherever you go and provide the tools to get rid of them. And it’s great exercise! Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet/muddy and bring water and a non-refrigerated snacks/lunch. Meet at the main entrance. Ages 14 & up. Questions? Contact Ben Fertig:
Saturdays May 11, 25, June 1, 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24, September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14, 28
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (even one hour helps!)