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.
Sunday March 10: Melting March
Sunday March 24: Bird-a-thon
Sunday April 14: April Showers
Sunday May 5: May Flowers
Sunday June 2: Sunny Days
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for members!

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.
Monday, March 18- Amazing Animal Art
Tuesday, March 19- It’s Electric
Monday, April 1- Science Mysteries
Tuesday, April 16- Into the Deep Blue
Monday, April 22- Pollinator Power
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

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

Is your child at home and loves being outside? Join the Outdoor Adventurers one Saturday or Sunday a month to spend time outdoors. 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! Attend one session or the whole series. Ages 7-12
Saturdays March 23 & April 27,
Sundays May 19 & June 9
9-11 a.m.
All 4 sessions: $50 members, $65 non-members
Each Session: $15 members, $25 non-members

Enjoy the beautiful spring bounty with some nature weaving fun. We will go on a short hike to Irvine’s very own Native American Village to collect natural materials followed by a fun nature weaving art project. You will leave with a new skill and a beautiful natural craft.
All ages w/adult.
Saturday, March 30: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7: 12-1:30 p.m.
$2 for members, $10 non-members

Egg dyeing is a lot of fun, especially when playing with nature’s ingredients. Discover how different spices, fruits and vegetables can be used to produce beautiful, natural colors. Just bring some boiled eggs (up to a dozen), and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting colorful. Ages 5 & up.
Saturday April 6: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sunday April 14: 12-1 p.m.
$10/family membership, $20 non-members

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: All ages welcome!
Sunday, April 7
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Enjoy a fun hike to our stream and immerse yourself in some aquatic exploration to find critters like crayfish, caddisflies, and salamanders. Ages 5 & up.
Saturdays April 20, May 18 &
Sundays April 28, June 16
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Register)
Free for members, $10 non-members

Join Irvine and the National Aquarium for this year’s City Nature Challenge in Baltimore City and County. Taking part is easy; all you have to do is find wildlife, take a picture of what you find, and share your observations on the iNaturalist App. Bring the whole family and we’ll help you get started.
Saturday April 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Free)
Sunday April 28 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Free)
Sunday April 28 12-2pm (NATURALIST LED – registration required)
$2 for members, $10 non-members

Do you like art AND nature? Then this program is for you! Come join us for a short hike to collect different kinds of mud and natural materials. We will make mud paint and natural paint brushes and create our own environmentally friendly art. All ages.
Saturdays May 4 and May 11
12-1:30 p.m.
$2 for members, $10 for non-members

A Workshop on Butterflies and Bees for Children
“Did we pollinate what you just ate?” Stevenson University’s Center for Environmental Stewardship and Irvine Nature Center present a workshop for preschool to early-elementary age children (ages 3-7) on the importance of pollinators. The workshop will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about butterflies and bees and how we can protect them from extinction. Includes art activities, games and take home crafts.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Session A — 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Session B — 2:30 – 3:30 pm
$5 per child

Need a gift for Mother’s Day? Want to create your own planter? Come and join us with your whole family as you learn about the best wildflowers for spring butterflies and make your own pot filled with wildflower seeds to take home. All ages welcome!
Sunday, May 5
12-1 pm..
$5 member families, $10 non-member families

Come and join Hoot the Owl as we celebrate the season of spring at Irvine. Get a sneak preview of the Irvine Butterfly House, go on a spring scavenger hunt, and even enjoy some spring treats. Fun for all ages!
Sunday, May 19
1– 3 p.m.
$5 Per Participant

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 spring scavenger hunt. Fun for all families!
Saturday May 25, Sunday May 12 and 26
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free for everyone


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

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
Speaker: Matt Adams – Natural Resources Biologist, Maryland DNR

Maryland is home to three species of swans. Maryland’s mute swan population grew from 5 birds to 4500 to become an invasive pest. The two other swans that call Maryland home are tundra swans and trumpeter swans. Join us for an evening of swan life history, biology and identification tips.
Thursday, April 18
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$45 members, $55 non-members
Speaker: Maryland DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service’s Migratory Game Bird Program

Are you interested in backpacking, but not sure what to pack? Have all the backpacking gear, but have never been? Want to learn a new way to experience the outdoors, but are new to the sport? Join Irvine’s Manager of School & Urban Education Programs, Brittney Mulka, and our EMT, LNT Educator, and Wilderness First Responder Tim Runkles on this NEW Irvine Backpacking Adventure at Harper’s Ferry!

Brittney and Tim will teach you what gear you need (and what you don’t) and how to pack. Learn about Leave No Trace Camping, how to set up your campsite, build a fire, and basic trail first aid.

Meet at Irvine Nature Center on Saturday April 27 @ 8:00 a.m.
Travel to Harper’s Ferry to begin your hike, then hike part of the Appalachian Trail.
Set up camp for the evening and stay overnight.
Return to Harper’s Ferry on Sunday April 28 @12:00 p.m. 

Ages 14 + (ages 14-17 require an accompanying parent, guardian, or trusted adult)

Irvine will be hosting a celebration of World Tai Chi Day down in the Caves Valley. People in 100s of cities and 80 nations on 6 continents will take part in the celebration. “One World … One Breath” is the global event’s motto, with the sole purpose of promoting personal and global health and healing. Mary Pinkard, an experienced QiGong instructor, will lead this local celebration. Everyone is invited to join Mary and many others for this free event celebrating this 4,000 year old moving mediation. No experience is needed. Register for free on Eventbrite (just search for your local World Tai Chi Day).
Saturday, April 27
9-10:30 A.M.
Free for everyone

People are not the only ones who appreciate and enjoy the beauty of our native wildflowers; many animals depend on the benefits they provide. Learn some of the myriad ways that wildflowers and wildlife interact, whether for food, pollination, habitat, or simply a place to rest. Join Master Gardener and Naturalist Dr. Clare Walker for this fascinating look at native wildflower ecology. Following the program and lunch (provided), we will stroll through Irvine’s Woodland Garden to see what’s blooming.
Tuesday, April 30
12:00-1:30 p.m.
$15 members, $20 non-members

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:
Spring: Friday, May 3; Summer: August 16
10a.m. – 12p.m.
Free for everyone

Join us for a unique opportunity to photograph Irvine’s Animal Ambassadors up close and learn about their individual stories. An in-depth Powerpoint will give you tips on wildlife photography and will be followed by an outdoor field study. The Animal Care Manager will be on site to handle the animals in an outdoor setting to help you practice your skills in a controlled environment. This program is open to professional and amateur photographers alike.
Saturdays, May 11 and June 1
9 – 10:30 a.m. (Morning has best light)
$2 for members, $10 non-members

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!)