Join us as we explore a different nature theme each week. Each session starts with a related story followed by hands-on learning, outdoor adventures, games and crafts. Open to adults and children ages 3+ with a participating adult. Please note this program is designed for ages 3-5. $6 per person ($4 for ORNCC Members). Registration for this program closes on Tuesday, February 20th.
Develop language and early literacy skills together through stories, songs, rhymes and movement. Designed for children who range from newly mobile and active to learning to sit for short periods; siblings and all abilities welcome. First come, first served. Open to ages 1 to 5, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Join us for a lively discussion of What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jiménez. Open to adults.
Biophilic Cities: A Global Movement for Cities that Love Nature As the planet continues to rapidly urbanize there is a growing sense that a new model of cities is needed: one that overcomes the physical (and mental) disconnect between humans and nature. Beatley believes that contact with nature is not something optional but absolutely essential for leading a happy, healthy and meaningful life. Beatley will review the many ways in which cities are already profoundly natureful and biodiverse and he will describe the emerging vision and practice of Biophilic Cities. He will discuss the newly formed global Biophilic Cities Network and will provide examples of innovative design and planning in cities in the Networks. Dr. Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last thirty years. Beatley is the author or co-author of more than twenty books, including most recently The Bird-Friendly City: Creating Safe Urban Habitats (published by Island Press, 2020). Beatley directs the Biophilic Cities Project at UVA (http://biophiliccities.org/) and is also co-founder of UVA’s Center for Design and Health, within the School of Architecture. This program is open to adults. $55 per person for members/$65 for non-members.
Join us for a FREE story time & an animal encounter in the Outdoor Classroom (or indoors in inclement weather.) This ‘caregiver and child’ program will allow you to build connections with nature and your neighbors in an outdoor learning environment. Visitors are encouraged to come early or stay after to discover Irvine’s trails, meadows, and wetlands with the family. This program is ideal for children 5 and under and an accompanying adult. No registration required.
Starlight, star bright, I wonder what stars we can see on our hike tonight? Don your hat and mittens and let’s go discover the beauty of the night sky. Afterwards, we’ll trek to the Nature Center to warm up with some hot chocolate. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather! $2 members /$4 non-members. Open to ages 8+ with an adult, both adults and children must register for this event.
Join us at the Sugar Shack anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take a guided hike (offered every hour on the hour) to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Stop by the Sugar Shack to see other demonstrations, learn how the syrup is made and taste real maple syrup and sugar. In the event of inclement weather, check our website or Facebook page for updates. Groups of 10 - 20 people must register in advance at Open to all ages. This program is free and does not require advanced registration.
Reading to a therapy dog can increase a child's self-esteem and confidence levels in reading, especially with struggling readers. Stop in and read to one of our therapy dogs. Registration required. Contact branch to register. Open to ages 6-11 years. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
The bow and arrow have been one of humankind’s greatest tools for thousands of years. Learn the history behind this ancient skill, proper shooting technique and see if you can hit your mark. Children must be registered with an adult. Open to ages 7+, $6 per person or $4 for members.
This music documentary by acclaimed musician and author Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson reclaims the legacy of the six-week Harlem Cultural Festival. A series of free concerts held at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) at the height of the Black power movement, the Harlem Cultural Festival was a joyous expression of Black pride and unity. Previously unseen footage includes performances by Steve Wonder, Nina Simone and Sly & the Family Stone. Light refreshments available. PG-13. Open to teens and adults ages 14+.
Where do turtles go in the winter? Join a Naturalist to discover where turtles, salamanders, frogs, and toads do to survive. $2 members /$4 non-members. Open to ages 8+ with an adult, both adults and children must register for this event.
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. This program is open to all ages. $10 per session and advance registration is required as there is limited space available.
From snakes to dragons to bears and chipmunks, animals have been featured in stories from around the world. Join a Naturalist to hear a story and meet our local Nature Center animals. Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, both adults and children must register for this event.