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Irvine Nature Center

Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: Irvine Nature Center
Location: 11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Contact: 443-738-9200
Grades: All

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About the Museum:

Irvine Nature Center’s Exhibit Gallery highlights uniquely Piedmont habitats: woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Interactive exhibits provide hands-on learning and tools to better explore nature in the Piedmont region.

Sounds of nature fill the Exhibit Hall. Bird calls, insect sounds, and frog croaks enhance the experience of each of the habitat areas. The Gallery has a lofty ceiling with ample daylight streaming in from clerestory windows. A wall of glass at the end of the Gallery provides a stunning view of the forest beyond, inviting visitors to go out and explore. A stained concrete floor, complete with leaf impressions and animal tracks, keeps visitors looking for more. State of the art, live animal exhibits provide life-like habitats for Irvine’s animals and are beautiful renditions of nature.

Modeled after a child’s backyard playhouse, the Kid Corner features natural objects such as feathers, snake skin, bones, bark, fur, and seeds for children to handle and explore. The cozy space features eco-friendly carpeting and pillows, along with a crawl-through for kids to hide and play. Animal costumes, nature books and puzzles add to fun and learning for our youngest visitors.

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