Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
PHONE: (443) 738-9232 or (443) 738-9200
FAX: (410) 484-3573
CONTACT: Carin Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Function of Organization/Site:
The Irvine Nature Center is a nonprofit, 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 the Earth's ecosystem.
- Natural Connections Urban Outreach Program Volunteers
- Volunteer Naturalists to lead field trips (see below for details)
- School Walk Leaders
- Animal Caretaker
- Lawn Maintenance
- Nature in the Classroom
- Irvine's Urban Education Program, Schoolyard Discovery (see below for details)
Schoolyard Discovery, Irvine Nature Center's Urban Education Program, engages high school students in hands-on nature activities that they, in turn, lead for elementary school students at local Baltimore city schools. The mission of Schoolyard Discovery is to inspire environmental stewardship and to develop leadership skills in Baltimore City students, while improving wildlife habitat on school grounds. Volunteers are needed to help train the high school students. A 3-hour training takes place at Loyola at the beginning of each semester fall and spring. There are 14 different Baltimore City school locations to choose from. Volunteers could participate on a one-time or on-going basis. Days and times are flexible to match volunteer’s schedules.Volunteer Naturalists are also needed for interactive walks for school-aged students who visit Irvine’s campus provide children of all ages with essential knowledge of their environment. Completion of the Irvine Nature Center's 9 session training is required before volunteering in this capacity.
Please consider joining our Community Fairs Committee and representing Irvine at local community events. Contact if you are able to spend a morning or afternoon at a community event.