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!

SCOUT DAY AT IRVINE
Calling all SCOUTS to come join us at Irvine for Scout Day! There will be stations set-up where all our scouts can create swaps, play games, and learn what badges we offer at Irvine. There will even be a chance to do a scavenger hunt and see Irvine’s very own animals! Come on out and join in the fun with your fellow scouts!
Sunday, October 14th;10a.m.-12p.m.
$5 per scout/ participant, leaders and parents are free

 LEAF IT TO NATURE
Ever wondered why the leaves turn those beautiful browns and oranges in the Fall? Come join us as we go on a nature hike to discover more about this amazing adaptation. We will hike through Irvine’s forests, discover different types of leaves, and even do some leaf chromatography! Ages 2 & up.
Sunday, October 21; Noon – 1 p.m.
Free for members, $10 for non-members

 SCALES AND TALL TALES
Join a naturalist at the Native American site for tribal tales of local wildlife with a spooky twist! Meet some of Irvine’s animal ambassadors that are mentioned in the tales! Fun for all ages.
Saturday, November 10;10–11 a.m.
Free for members, $10 non-members

STORM THE CASTLE!
Explore the life of Robin Hood and physics! Become a legend and make your own natural catapult. Learn what materials bend, break and bind in your own backyard through mini-contests. Then test your natural catapult against your fellow knights of the STEM table! Ages 8 & up.
Saturday, November 17;1-2 p.m.
Free for members, $10 non-members

TALK TURKEY
November is a fantastic time to talk turkey. The wild gobblers of Maryland are hiding, let’s try and see if we can find out more about turkeys. Ages 4 & up.
Sunday, November 18;10 – 11 a.m.
Free for members, $10 for non-members

FROG’S SHOES? OPEN TOAD! FROG AND TOAD MEET & GREET
Are Frogs and Toads the same thing? Let’s find out how they are similar and how they are different. Come and meet our frogs and toads for a close-up look. All Ages.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free for members, $10 non-members

 NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS
Come join us as we delve into the traditions of the Native Americans! We will hike to Irvine’s Native American site, learn about how they lived, and play some Native American games! Ages 2 & up.
Sunday, December 2; Noon – 1 p.m.
Free for members, $10 for non-members

ADULT PROGRAMS

TERRARIUM NIGHT
Create your very own terrarium and do good for the planet! This terrarium night is hosted by GBAZAK, a professional group of keepers from both the Maryland Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium. This event supports Pangolins through Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, a nonprofit focused on stopping the illegal poaching and trade of Pangolins. Come with friends, be creative, and save the world!
October 19th 6:00pm – 7:30pm
$20 per person (all proceeds to Save Vietnam’s Wildlife)

PUMPKINS ON THE GREEN
Irvine’s 10th annual “un-gala” is a fun and casual event that celebrates nature! All proceeds support Irvine’s environmental education programs. Join us! Remember to bring your smart device charged up and ready for bidding!
Register online at www.PumpkinsOnTheGreen.com or call Lindsey at 443-738-9222 for tickets.
Friday, October 26, 7 – 11 p.m.

NATURE IN THE CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER NATURALIST TRAINING
Become a volunteer naturalist at Irvine! This course teaches new volunteers how to lead educational outreaches  for school groups at local schools. We’ll cover outreach themes, natural history and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for working with kids!
Wednesday, November 14
12:30-4:30 p.m.
Free!

FOREST TROUBLES AND DRINKS WITH BUBBLES
Beetles, mites, borers, tree of heaven, and autumn olive – our forests are filled with pests both native and non-native. Mark Norris from Stevenson University will discuss the ecosystems resulting from invasive plant species and pests. Price includes dinner and drinks.
Thursday, November 15 ; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
$45 members, $55 non-members
Speaker: Mark Norris- Stevenson University Professor, Biological Sciences