Weekend Programs

Youth and Family Weekend Programs

Click on the each program title to register.  Programs with an (*) are eligible for a member discount (Pacesetters and above). 

*IRVINE AFTER DARK: Pajama Party
Discover what Irvine’s animals are up to once the lights go out. Explore the Exhibit Hall by flashlight to see who is sleeping and who is waking up. Then, enjoy a cozy storytime, learn about nighttime animals, and make a nature craft. Feel free to come in your favorite pajamas. You can bring along a treasured stuffed animal and/or blanket too. This is a great program for children 4-8 years.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Saturday, January 13th
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Cost: $6/child (accompanying adults are free)

*WINTER WOODS ADVENTURE
Dress for the weather and have fun as a family as we explore the winter world using all our senses.  Look for animal homes and hunt for animal friends hidden along the trail. If we are lucky, there will be snow! Wear your snow boots and we will read track stories in the snow.  Finish by warming up with hot chocolate and s’mores around the campfire. This is a great program for all ages.

Instructor: Paige Vance, Environmental Educator
Saturday, January 20th Rescheduled for Saturday, February 3rd
1:30PM – 3:30PM
Cost: $8/participant or $25/family

*PLAYING WITH FIRE FOR WOMEN YOUNG AND OLD
Learn the art of fire building in a fun and supportive environment.  Discover where to find dry wood and tinder (even in winter), which woods burn best, and how to build and start a fire.  Try using ferro rods, experiment with everyday household materials from lip balm to hand sanitizer and much more. We will also demonstrate safe wood splitting technique and provide an opportunity to practice your own wood splitting skills. We will keep a kettle on the fire for hot drinks. This program is intended for anyone who identifies as female ages 12+.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker, Master Naturalist
Sunday, February 11th
2:00-4:00PM
Cost: $15
Pre-registration encouraged. Walk-ups welcome, if space allows.

*ANIMAL ART WORKSHOP: Love Bugs & Chocolate
From the Luna Moth to the Bumblebee, Maryland’s smallest animals can sometimes bring the biggest colors. Join Irvine naturalist Brittany (a MICA-trained artist!) and a collection of colorful insects for an evening of painting while enjoying some chocolate treats. Each artist will paint an insect on a small mirror to bring home. All supplies provided. All levels of experience encouraged to join – novice to proficient. Class intended for adults and teens. All are welcome.

Instructor: Brittany Roger, Irvine Educator and MICA-trained artist
Wednesday, February 14th
6:00 – 8:00PM
Cost: $20/participant
Advance registration required.

*MAPLE MAGIC
It may sound sappy, but there’s magic in our trees at this time of year! Join Irvine’s naturalists for an outdoor hike-n-learn and enjoy the magic of the season. Learn how to identify maple trees and why this is peak season for collecting their sap. Practice using a hand drill to experience how trees are tapped, check buckets for sap and see how the sticky fluid is converted into syrup over fires and an evaporator. You’ll even get a taste of this liquid gold as a reward for all the hard work. This program is great for the entire family. 

Multiple sessions offered:
Saturday, February 17th, 10:00-11:30AM – postponed to Sat, March 2nd
Saturday, Feb 17th, 1:00-2:30PM – postponed to Sat, March 2nd
Saturday, February 24th, 9:00AM-11:30AM (Members Only; Includes Pancake Breakfast)
Sunday, February 25th, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Sunday, February 25th, 1:30-3:00PM
Cost: $10 (children under 3 are free)
Limited space, pre-registration encouraged. 

 

*OWL PROWL
Join us after dark to search the woods of Irvine for some of Maryland’s native owls.  We have multiple resident owls and winter is the perfect time to listen for them. We will start indoors to practice recognizing their different calls and then head out for a quiet walk on the trails and call out to these incredible creatures. Finish up with an up-close encounter with Irvine’s ambassador owls. Should be a hoot! This is a great program for families with children ages 7 and up.

Instructor: Dr. Clare Walker and Colby Warner, Environmental Educators
Friday, March 8th
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Cost: $10/individual or $25/family
Advance registration strongly encouraged. 

 

*ANIMAL ART CLASS: Frog Focus!
Did you know that March 20th is FROG DAY? Come celebrate your love for our amphibian friends with an art class. Learn to draw and paint these tiny, adorable animals! Class intended for adults and teens age 13+. All levels of experience encouraged to join – novice to proficient. All are welcome.

Instructor: Brittany Roger, Irvine Educator and MICA-trained artist
Friday, March 15th
6:00 – 8:00PM
Cost: $15/participant
Advance registration encouraged – class will be cancelled if minimum not met.

 

*WORLD WILDLIFE CELEBRATION!
Join Naturalist Paige for an up-close look at some of our animal ambassadors! We will be celebrating World Wildlife Month by learning why these animals are so important to us and the environment! This is a great program for children ages 5+ (accompanying adult can drop off or stay).

Instructor: Paige Vance, Environmental Educator
Saturday, March 23rd
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $5/child
Pre-registration encouraged. Walk-ups welcome, if space allows.

 

*SPRINGFEST 2024
Celebrate Spring at Irvine with lots of family fun with games, crafts, nature activities, and live animal encounters. Plant seeds to take home, build a bird nest of your own, explore the woodland garden looking for birds along the trail, take pictures with HOOT and so much more. Ideal for ages 3-7

Instructor: Irvine Naturalist
Saturday, April 20th
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $10/child* (Early-Bird price)
$15/child* (after April 10)
*adults and children under 2 FREE

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