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Upcoming Events

Eat, Drink & Learn Evening

Thursday, February 20th
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Maple Magic

Multiple Dates, February 8th - 16th
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The Nature & Young Children Summit

Friday, April 3rd & Saturday, April 4th
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

IRVINE NATURE NAVIGATORS (MEMBERS) ONLY:

February: Love Bugs
The wonderful world of bugs often goes undiscovered and unloved. Join an Irvine Naturalist as we look into this mysterious world of the creepy crawlies and find yourself learning to love them in a new way!
Sunday February 23, 2020
1-2:30pm
Free

March: Babies in Bloom
Become an Irvine detective as we go on the hunt for springtime babies. Join an Irvine Naturalist as we search for signs of new life from baby birds, to baby bunnies, to even the tiniest tadpole. Don’t fret! Even if you can’t find any nature babies outdoors, you’ll get a sneak peek at something new when you get back from your adventure!
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10-11:30 a.m.
Free

FOR FAMILIES & KIDS:

*Irvine Nature Navigator membership discounts apply to all programs. See our Membership page for more information*


SCIENCE SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. One Saturday and Sunday a month, families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include crafts and hands on exhibits and more. All ages.
February 23 (Self Led)- Maple Tree Hunt
February 29- Snowstorm in a Jar
March 8- Feeding Time
March 21 (Self Led)- Birding 101
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Drop-in)
Free for All!

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.
Apr. 6, 2020 – Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
Apr. 7, 2020 – Raging Reptiles
Apr. 8, 2020 – Scales and Tails
Apr. 9, 2020 – Feathered Friends
Apr. 10, 2020 – Maryland’s Mammals
Apr. 13, 2020 – Animal Caretakers
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$85 per child
Aftercare (4p.m. – 6p.m.) is an additional fee.

TALES AND TAILS
Join Irvine Nature Center every Friday at 10:00am for FREE Storytime. Hear a story, sing songs, watch a puppet show, and meet an animal friend. All ages welcome!
Every Friday
10-11 a.m.
Free for everyone

NATURALLY CREATIVE
If your child likes art, animals, food and nature, then they will love our Naturally Creative series! Drop off your child as they unleash their inner artist by painting with the possum, crafting with critters, and even creating their own EDIBLE art. Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 5-10 – this is a two-hour drop off program.
Saturday February 22
Saturday March 14
10 a.m. – 12 P.M.
Each Session: $25 per child

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 15th 10-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 15th 1-2:30 p.m.
Sunday, February
16th 10-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 16th 1-2:30 p.m.
$10 per participant (Children under 3 are Free)

 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! Cleanups take place across the entire Chesapeake watershed, in all 6 Bay states and DC. 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
Saturday, April 18th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free

Upcoming Programs FOR ADULTS:

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. Frankly, 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
Saturdays:
February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free

EAT, DRINK AND LEARN: WETLAND RESTORATIONS & TASTY LIBATIONS
What do Blue Herons, Green Frogs, and Blue Gills all have in common at Irvine? You can see them all at our restored wetlands! Join us as we look at the RES (Resource Environmental Solutions)/Irvine Nature Center wetland and stream project that transformed drained agricultural land back into a functional wetlands and stream system. Dinner and drinks are provided.
Thursday, February 20
6:30 – 9 p.m.
$60 per Participant
Will Weaver- Maryland Operations Manager for RES

LUNCH AND LEARN: BOUNTIFUL BIRDS
Enjoy a narrated slide show of Middleton Evans’ favorite photographs from his latest book: Birds of Maryland, Delaware & the District of Columbia, just released by Johns Hopkins University Press. This lavishly illustrated coffee table book with over 700 color photographs offers a comprehensive view of our region’s abundant bird life, authored by Bruce Beehler, a renowned ornithologist with the Smithsonian.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
$20 per Participant

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!
March 10, 12, 17
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
March 19
9:00 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Free for all adults, but participants are expected to lead field trips during the spring semester

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