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: 

MEMBERS ONLY

SEPTEMBER: HOORAY BIRDS OF PREY!

Come and see the BRAND NEW aviary at Irvine Nature Center. Get a behind the scenes tour and an up-close look at some our birds of prey. Learn about why we have our animal ambassadors and what went into building our new aviary. All ages.
Saturday September 28
10-11:30 a.m.
Free for members

OCTOBER: CREATURE FEATURES
What do the animals at Irvine eat? How are their diets prepared? What is invasive vs native? Join a naturalist for a behind the scenes tour and feeding of the animals that call Irvine home as well as an Animal Presentation for your eyes only! Fun for all ages!
Saturday October 19
10-11:30 a.m.
Free for Members

NOVEMBER: SIGNS OF THE SEASON
Hike the trails with us and see the change of seasons from Fall to Winter. Compete against yourselves, other families, or just come to have fun as you perform a trail scavenger hunt for natural and unnatural items; you may even find some surprises along the way! All ages.
Sunday November 10
10-11:30 a.m.
Free for members

DECEMBER: CAPES, CRITTERS & COOKIES
Become your very own Nature Superhero by designing your very own nature cape! Get inspiration from our very own Irvine Animal Ambassadors through an animal presentation as well as go on a hike for natural materials to add to your cape. While you’re creating your cape, enjoy some delicious cookies!
Sunday December 8, 2019
10-11:30 a.m.
$5 for members

FAMILY PROGRAMS

SCIENCE SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
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 11- Summer Fun
August 25- Native Plants
September 8- Fall Beginnings
September 14 (Self led)- Nature Bingo
October 6- Pumpkins Galore
October 26 (Self Led)- Nature Stamping
November 3-(Self led)- Leaf Wreath
November 23- Native American Weaving
December 7- Sunny Snowflakes
December 22 (Self led)- Winter Animal Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for All!

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

BUTTERFLY WEEK
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!

DAY-OFF CAMPS
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. Ages 5-10. Aftercare available.
Monday, September 30- Nature Photography
Wednesday, October 9- Stewards of the Earth
Friday, October 18- Critters, Crawlies, and Costumes
Friday, November 22- Forest Foragers
Monday, December 23- Weird Science
Thursday, December 26- Creative Creatures
Friday, December 27- What’s Cooking?
Monday, December 30- Who’s in the Forest?
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$75 members, $85 non-members.
Aftercare (4p.m. – 6p.m.) is an additional fee.

OWL PROWL
Do you know what goes bump or hoot in the night? Sometimes it’s an OWL! Come and join an Irvine Naturalist as we go on the search for owls on our trails. Don’t worry, if you don’t find any, you’ll get to meet Irvine’s very own Owl Ambassadors. Fun for all ages!
Friday September 27
7:30-9 p.m.
$5 for members, $10 non-members

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Schools are closed on Monday September 30th, so come on out to Irvine for Family Movie Night! We’ll be screening The Lorax in our very own outdoor theater. Enjoy the sounds of nature with your entire family.
Fun for all ages!
Sunday September 29
7-9 p.m.
Free (Concessions for purchase)

PUMPKINFEST
Pumpkinfest is a fun event for families and communities to celebrate the delights of autumn. Each October, hundreds of families gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of music, food and fun. Hayrides, alpacas, jugglers, face painting and more! All activities are included in the fee. Special preview for members from 11 am-12 pm.
Saturday, October 12
12:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$15 per child. $5 for adults.
Free for children under 2 years old

SCOUT DAY
Calling all SCOUTS to come and join us at Irvine for Scout Day! There will be stations where all our scouts can create swaps, start a geocaching adventure and learn what Irvine has to offer. There will even be a chance to see Irvine’s very own animal ambassadors. Come on out and join in the fun with your fellow scouts!
Sunday, October 20
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
$5 per scout, Leaders/Parents are Free

HOOT’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
BOO! Come and join Hoot the Owl as we celebrate Halloween at Irvine. Come in costume as you enjoy party games, crafts, and maybe even the Monster Mash. You’ll even get to go trick-or-treating for Hoot’s very own Hoot-errific Trail Mix. Fun for all ages!
Sunday, October 20
1– 3 p.m.
$5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

SCALES & 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 9
1-3 p.m.
$2 for members, $10 for non-members

HOOT’S FEAST-IVAL
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Hoot is getting ready too.  Join Hoot at Irvine’s Native American Site for some games, crafts, and lots of delicious food. Learn about some of the foods that were at the first Thanksgiving and that we grow in our very garden at Irvine. Fun for all ages!
Sunday, November 24
1– 3 p.m.
$5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

ANIMAL CARETAKERS DROP-OFF PROGRAM
If your child wants to be a veterinarian, a scientist, or a park ranger, then they will love our Animal Caretakers series! Drop off your child as they assist animal care naturalists to take care of Irvine’s animals. We will work as a team to explore, respect, and protect nature! Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 5-10
Saturdays September 21 & October 5; Sundays November 17 & December 1
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All 4 sessions: $50 members, $65 non-members
Each Session: $15 members, $25 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 15th
1– 3 p.m.
$10 per participant

ADULT PROGRAMS

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, 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

DAY TO SERVE
Day to Serve is a unique annual initiative that unites all people in the shared goal of improving the communities where we live. At Irvine, we will be 1) picking up trash at the Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery, 2) removing invasive species and improving our property and 3) kicking off a food-drive for the homeless. For more details or to express interest
in volunteering, contact Ben at
fertigb@explorenature.org
Wednesday, September 11
10 a.m.-2 p.m. ; Free

EAT, DRINK & LEARN: DOWNIES, HAIRIES & MARASCHINO CHERRIES
Everybody loves seeing woodpeckers, an iconic family of birds, and Maryland is home to seven different species. All seven, including the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, have unique adaptations which not only help them survive, but also make them extremely important parts of a healthy ecosystem. Director of Education, Robert Mardiney, will discuss some of their amazing behaviors, how we can help them, and more importantly, how they avoid getting headaches. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, September 19
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$50 members, $60 non-members
Speaker: Robert Mardiney – Irvine Nature Center
BUY AN EAT, DRINK & LEARN SERIES PASS & JOIN US FOR ALL OUR EVENTS THIS SEASON! 

PUMPKINS ON THE GREEN
Irvine’s 11th 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 (www.PumpkinsOnTheGreen.com) or call Lindsey at 443-738-9222 for tickets.
Friday, October 25, 2019 7 – 11 p.m.

LUNCH & LEARN: MARVELOUS MARSHES
Marshes, swamps, and wetlands oh my! These natural areas serve many important functions from providing habitats and buffering coastlines from stormy seas to slowing down erosion and absorbing excess nutrients. While marshes are portrayed as scary and unwanted on screen; their purpose in unparalleled on this earth. Join Naturalist and Irvine’s Manager of Public Programs, Diana Roman, for this fascinating look into the world of marshes, swamps, and wetlands. Lunch is provided.
Wednesday, November 13
12:00-1:30 p.m.
$15 members, $20 non-members

EAT, DRINK & LEARN: AWESOME BUGS & FROSTY MUGS
What lives almost everywhere: outdoors in the forests, wetlands, meadows and streams, and even in our own homes? It’s the wonderful world of Insects! Come and hear from the incredible professor, author and Bug Guy Michael Raupp as he dives deep into the world of Entomology. Dinner and Drinks are provided.
Thursday, November 21
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$50 members, $60 non-members
Speaker: Michael Raupp- Professor of Entomology at University of Maryland

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.

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:
fertigb@explorenature.org
September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14, 28
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (even one hour helps!)
Free