National Parks / Natural World

Irvine Nature Center Owings Mills

Where is it at?

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Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills
MD
21117
Tel: 443-738-9200

Directions

From 695, take exit 20 for Reisterstown Road toward Garrison. Turn right onto Greenspring Valley Road. Make your first left onto Garrison Forest Road. Go about 2 miles. Irvine is on the right hand side, immediately across the street from Jemicy High School.

Where are we going today?

Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit environmental education organization whose mission is to inspire appreciation and respect for the natural world, to increase awareness of environmental issues, and to encourage individuals to sustain Earth's ecosystem.
Founded in 1975, Irvine Nature Center provides quality environmental education for all ages. Located in the Caves Valley region of Baltimore County, Irvine also offers programs for Baltimore-area schools and the public. Their Nature Preschool is one of the only green early childhood programs in the region. The Summer Nature Camp is as popular with campers as it is with their parents.
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When can we go?

9 am. to 5 p.m.

Monday to Sunday. Closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Teachers corner

Irvine Nature Center is a very popular school group destination. Their exhibits and animals are easy teaching tools, and they offer an expansive list of programs for teachers to use with their students on the trails..

I'm Hungry!

Snacks and drinks available in the Nature Store. Picnic areas near exhibit hall. .

Healthy Eating!

Most foods are sustainable. Fruits and veggies available..

Any Top Tips?

Open rain or shine! And don't forget to pop by the aviary to see hawks, owls and our ever-popular young possum. Members can pick up a backpack full of hiking tools at the front desk to enhance their visit. .

Need a little extra help?

The exhibit hall is fully accessible. The trails are unpaved, but are navigable by some wheelchairs. .

Baby Facilities

Restrooms in the exhibit hall, as well as a family restroom with changing tables. .

Can I get one of those?

Green, sustainable items including toys, books, birdseed, crafts and snacks. .

What people are saying?

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    What a great place!! Go see it !!

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    This was very entertaining for the children and the big children. Excellent staff.

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    A wonderful place for adventures! Our son loves the Nature Preschool (great teachers, wonderful lessons, fantastic world view). Both boys have loved Birthday parties there. We love the hikes, the nature center, the family programs. And I agree that the Nature Store is fantastic!! A great spot for gifts or treats to take home to family. Really good people. Membership is also a great deal. Thanks Irving!

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    I can not say enough good things about Irvine Nature Center. From birthday parties to weekend programs to The Nature preschool and summer camp, Irvine is top notch! My daughter loves to visit the nature center! And of course we can never leave without a visit to the Nature Store. So many great gifts and treasures to buy! I highly recommend visiting!

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    Anytime someone comes to visit Baltimore, my wife and I take them to Irvine Nature Center. They are always amazed by the center itself and explore every exhibit and every corner of the Nature Store as well. But the real magic comes when they walk out on the trail and overlook the meadow. They always tell me that the next time they visit, they want to spend more time at Irvine so they can see more of the trails and the wildlife.

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The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 51° F / 11° C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: NNE - 4 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 47° F / 8° C
Humidity: 82 %
Wind: ENE - 22 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 47° F / 8° C
Humidity: 72 %
Wind: NW - 18 MPH

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