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: 

FAMILY PROGRAMS


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.
August 12 & 26, September 9 & 23, October 14 & 28, November 11 & 25, December 9 & 23
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in: no registration required)
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, December 26- Animal Caretakers
Thursday, December 27- Wildly Creative
Friday, December 28- Wildlife Wonders
Monday, January 21- Space Cadets!
Monday, February 18-  Maple Magic
Monday, March 18- Amazing Animal Art
Tuesday, March 19- It’s Electric
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$75 members, $85 non-members
Aftercare (4p.m. – 6p.m.) is an additional fee.

WINTER ADVENTURE TEAM
Is your child at home and loves being outside? Join the Winter Adventure Team one Saturday/Sunday a month to spend time outdoors. Each session will be an exciting blend of outdoor skills and science projects. We will work as a team to explore, respect, and protect nature! Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 7-12
Saturdays: December 8th and February 2nd; Sundays January 13th and March 3rd 9-11 a.m.
All 4 sessions: $50 members, $65 non-members; Each Session: $15 members, $25 non-members

FEEDING FRENZY
What do the animals at Irvine eat? How are their diets prepared? Join a naturalist for a behind the scenes tour and feeding of the animals that call Irvine home. Fun for all ages!
One-time program offered:
Saturdays: December 15th, January 26th, and March 2nd; and Sunday: February 3rd
10-11 a.m.
$2 for members, $5 non-members

HOLIDAYS WITH HOOT
Come and join Hoot in the holiday fun! Make your own gift for a loved one, play some winter-themed games, and even enjoy some hot cocoa. Fun for all ages!
Sunday, December 16th; 1– 3 p.m.
$5 Per Participant

WINTER 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 winter scavenger hunt. Fun for all families!
Saturdays December 22nd and 29th, Sundays December 23rd and 30th
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Free for Everyone!

HUNTERS IN THE SKY
Join a naturalist to discover the wonders of birds of prey. 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, January 12th; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members.

ANIMAL TRACKS AND SCATS
Hike Irvine’s trails and find clues of animal presences by seeking out three things: their scat, footprints (tracks), and homes, then we will weave a story of their moves and movements, homes, and what they ate. Ages 6 & up.
Sunday, January 20th; 1 – 2 p.m.
$2 for Members, $5 Non-Members

MAPLE MAGIC
There’s magic in our trees! Join Irvine’s naturalists in a quest to make delicious syrup. Learn to identify maple trees, properly tap a tree to collect its sugary sap and convert the sticky fluid into syrup. You’ll even get a taste of this liquid gold as a reward for all the hard work! All ages (with adult).
Saturday February 9th and Sunday February 17th: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday February 10th and Saturday February 16th: 1- 2:30 p.m.
$2 for Member Families, $10 for Non-Member Families

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! 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 Sunday, April 7; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Free

ADULT PROGRAMS

LUNCH & LEARN: BABY BLUEBIRDS AND OTHER BIRDS IN BOXES
Enjoy a fine lunch while learning about Maryland’s bluebirds, tree swallows, wrens, chickadees and other cavity-nesting birds. Irvine’s Director of Education Rob Mardiney will share some fascinating stories, photos and videos on their behaviors, status in Maryland and ways to help. Price includes lunch.
Wednesday, January 9th; 12 – 1:30 p.m.
$15 members; $20 non-members

LUNCH & LEARN: WHO HOOTS FOR YOU?
Enjoy a fine lunch while learning about Maryland’s native owls, including Barred, Screech, Great Horned and others. Irvine Naturalist/Animal Care Manager Jenna Krebs will discuss their behaviors and adaptations, and even bring out some live owls from Irvine’s aviary. Price includes lunch.
Wednesday, February 13th
12 – 1:30 p.m.
$15 members; $20 non-members

MOUNTAINS TO BAY WITH CABERNET
Maryland is a true naturalist’s delight, home to thousands of plant and animal species, hundreds of caves, dozens of rivers and streams, ancient mountains, a dinosaur alley, numerous fossil beds, a world-class serpentine barren, and, of course, the Chesapeake Bay! Learn how colliding continents, folding rocks, rising mountains, melting glaciers and shallow seas all created the many habitats in which Maryland’s flora and fauna reside today. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, January 17
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$45 members, $55 non-members
Rob Mardiney- Director of Education

WATER WOES AND BORDEAUX
Explore the natural history of water and examine how earthlings (human and otherwise) have interacted with this mysterious substance over geological time. We will explore how human activities have impacted the Earth’s natural water cycle on an unprecedented scale and discuss solutions that individuals and communities can implement to mitigate the challenges we face. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, February 21; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
$45 members, $55 non-members
Michel Anderson and Jen Aiosa, Blue Water Baltimore

FANTASTIC FOX AND SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS
Unusual noises at night can often be explained by foxes’ wide variety of vocal calls. Sometimes the high-pitched scream a fox produces can be mistaken for the scream of a person.  Hopefully Biologist Matt Adams will finally let us know what the fox said as well as the natural history of foxes in Maryland. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, March 21
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$45 members, $55 non-members
Matt Adams, Natural Resources Biologist, Maryland DNR

FALCONRY 101
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, February 23rd
10am – 12pm
$5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

VOLUNTEER NATURALIST TRAINING- MAPLE MAGIC
Become a volunteer naturalist at Irvine! This course teaches how to lead educational trips for school groups at a time when most wouldn’t dare go outside. We cover field trip themes, trail activities and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with kids! Snacks provided.
Tuesday, January 29th (Weather Back-up Date Tuesday, February 5th)
8:30-9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. training free for all adults

SPRING 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.
March 12, 14, 19 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
March 21, 9:30 – 2:30 p.m. lunch provided; free for all adults

WINTER WEEKEND WEED WARRIORS
With 210 acres, Irvine has its fair share of weeds and invasive species. We could use all the help we can get! No idea what Multi-flor-whatever-it-is is? No problem! 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: fertigb@explorenature.org
Available dates: December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free

FALL INTERN SYMPOSIUM
Did you know that Irvine Nature Center offers unpaid 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. Interns work a 10-20 hour per week commitment and completes an individual semester-long project. This fall, nine students have been working many of our programs including Weed Warriors, Little Birds, Nature Preschool, Animal Care and Marketing. Come and see what our students have been up to since September! Light refreshments will be available. Applications for Spring 2019 internships are now being accepted. Contact Ben Fertig: fertigb@explorenature.org
Friday, December 7
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free