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)
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.
Sundays, June 10, July 8 & 22, August 12 & 26, September 9 & 23 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for members!
THREE SISTERS GARDEN
Plant a garden and learn about American Indians. Corn, beans and squash were once main agricultural crops of some North American Natives. In traditional methods,
the three crops are planted close together. Participants will take home a container with corn, beans and squash. Watch it grow all summer and eat the vegetables! Ages 5 & up.
Sunday, June 17
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
$15 members, $25 non-members
GRUBS AND GRUB
Want to learn about the grubs around your own backyard and then make your own Dirt Cup snack!? Then come to Irvine and learn all aboutgrubs and the animals that eat them, all while enjoying your own Dirt Cup snack! Ages 5-10.
Sunday, July 1
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Free for members, $5 non-members
Enjoy a fun hike to our stream and immerse in some aquatic exploration to fi nd critters like crayfi sh,
caddisfl ies, and salamanders. Ages 5 & up.
Sundays, July 15 & August 5
Noon – 2 p.m.
Free for members, $10 non-members
Join one of Irvine’s Naturalists for an evening in the park after dark! The hike will consist of using owl calls to lure wild owls that live on our property. We will then meet Irvine’s owl ambassadors and learn about the amazing adaptations owls have. All ages with an adult.
Thursday July 26
8– 10 p.m.
Free for members, $10 non-members
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Come and join your Irvine friends at our very own Teddy Bear Picnic! Bring your favorite stuff ed animal and enjoy a light picnic with our own animal friends including our own story time! Ages 2-8 (Ages 2-4 with adult.)
Sunday July 29
10 – 11 a.m.
Free for members, $5 non-members (parents are free)
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 fi rst free-fl ight! Fun for all ages!
Saturday, August 4
1 – 2 p.m.
Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members.
Butterfl ies 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 8 – Sunday September 16…FREE
PROJECT LEARNING TREE
PLT is an award-winning environmental education curriculum designed for educators of elementary and middle-school aged children. This workshop will introduce you to dozens of indoor and outdoor hands-on activities for teaching children about trees and forests. It also includes basic information on tree identifi cation and forest ecology. All participants receive a 475-page PLT curriculum guide.
Saturday, June 16
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
BAUER OPENING & SUMMER SOLSTICE FAMILY FESTIVAL & 5K TRAIL RUN
Join Irvine Nature Center and Charm City Run at Irvine’s inaugural Summer Solstice Family Festival, Sunset 5K, and Family Fun Run!
Celebrate with our local community at our Family Festival. We’ll have family-oriented games, food trucks, crafts, and prizes. And after, we’re off to the races! Join Irvine and Charm City Run for our Family Fun Run 1K followed by our Sunset 5K. Tour our newly expanded trails as you make your way through the race course. And after, please join us for an after- party fi lled with family fun!
Saturday, June 23rd
Family Festival – 3:00-5:30pm
($10 per person family festival)
Family 1-mile Run – 5pm
(FREE with your festival entry)
Sunset 5K – 6:30pm
($35 per individual)
NATIVE PLANT SEMINAR & SALE
Join us for the 27th annual Native Plant Seminar & Sale! It’s perfect
for homeowners, garden club enthusiasts, nursery/landscape professionals, land managers and environmental educators. Post-seminar workshops will be off ered in the 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 25th
FALL VOLUNTEER NATURALIST TRAINING
Become a volunteer naturalist at Irvine! This 4-session course will teach you how to lead educational trips for school groups. We’ll cover fi eld trip themes, natural history, trail activities and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with kids!
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 6 & 11 & 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (snacks provided), September 18, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Free, but participants are expected to lead fi eld trips during the fall semester.