Our Programs – A Natural Approach

The O’Hara Nature Center programs are developed to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interest, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things. Programming for Irvington Community and Schools is provided by:

  • Irvington Parks & Recreation Dept.
  • Irvington Schools
  • The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • The Garden Club of Irvington
  • The Irvington Woods Committee

Programming offered at the ONC is under the direction of the Irvington Recreation and Parks Department in partnerships with local schools and a wide variety of supportive organizations.

Fall 2017 Programs

Adult Programs

Yoga – Slow Intermediate

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
Beginning Date: September 27
Location: O’Hara Nature Center
Class will look more deeply at basic postures with an introduction to the more challenging. Previous experience helpful, but not required.
Instructor: Cynthia Svigals
Fees/12 weeks:
Resident: $200
School District: $220
Non-Resident: $240

For more information regarding adult yoga contact Maureen-mdepaoli@irvingtonny.gov

Kids Programs

Robotics

Day: Mondays

Sessions: 10 weeks beginning 9/25

Time: 3:45-4:45

Ages: 4-6 Grades

Fee: Resident: $255

School District: $260

Non-Resident: $270

Location: O’Hara Nature Center

Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required.

This class introduces students to basic robotics and programming using platforms such as Ozobots, LEGO and Edison™ programmable robots. Beginning with simple instructions using optical bar codes and scanning, students learn to program devices to follow instructions. As the class progresses, students learn how to program their devices using a software interface on a computer.  For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

 

Outdoor Education

Day: Saturdays

Sessions: 10 weeks beginning 9/23

Time: 9:00-10:30

Ages: 4-6 Grades

Fee: Resident: $255

School District: $260

Non-Resident: $270

Location: O’Hara Nature Center

Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required. This class is designed to develop an appreciation for earth as a whole as well as specific skills required to enjoy and benefit from the outdoors required to enjoy and benefit from the outdoors.

  • Camping and Cooking
  • Survival skills
  • Tree identification
  • Wildlife tracking
  • Knife safety and use
  • Outdoor crafts such as primitive tool making (axe, spear, fishing pole)
  • Tree and plant identification and observation
  • Shelter construction
  • How to detect natural signs for time, direction and weather

The majority of this class will be spent outdoors. Some class time may be indoors for discussion, films, etc and during inclement weather. Please prepare to be outdoors for each class.  For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

 

 

 

Bug Walk with Entomologist, Lawrence Forcella

Date: Saturday, September 16

Rain Date: Sunday, September 17

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Fee: Resident: $20

School District: $30

Non-Resident: $45

Location: O’Hara Nature Center

 

September is still a good time for a bug walk!  Explore the insect world beneath our feet, in the air, and in all manner of sylvan crevices with entomologist Lawrence Forcella. Everywhere you look in the woods you encounter insects; we usually don’t give them a second thought. Learn about these creatures, their unique and varied adaptations, and how they form one of the backbones of our forest ecology.  For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

 

 

Edible Plant Foraging

Day: Sunday September 17th

Time: 2-4PM

Ages: 18+

Fee: Resident: $20

School District: $30

Non-Resident: $45

Instructor: Eric Stone-The Rewilding School

Location: O’Hara Nature Center & Peter Oley Trails

Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required.

Enjoy the tastes of the wild in this stroll through Irvington Woods while we sample some wild plants. Learn to identify some common edible and medicinal plants and learn how to sustainably harvest what you find.  While we have special permission to forage here during the program, the general public does not.  This might be your only chance to forage this beautiful bit of land!  For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

 

Night Hike

Day: Saturday October 7th

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Fee: Resident: $20

School District: $30

Non-Resident: $45

Instructor: Eric Stone-The Rewilding School

Location: O’Hara Nature Center & Peter Oley Trails

Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required.

Open up your coyote ears and widen your owl eyes, it’s time for an adventure in the dark!  Explore animal adaptations to the night and discover the parts of the woods we miss if we only explore during the day in this two hour flashlight-free program.  For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

 

Wildlife Tracking

Day: Sunday October 8th

Time: 10:00-12PM

Fee: Resident: $20

School District: $30

Non-Resident: $45

Instructor: Eric Stone-The Rewilding School

Location: O’Hara Nature Center & Peter Oley Trails

Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required.

Animals are all over the woods, we just don’t ever seem to see them.  Learn to read the tracks wildlife leave behind and study the hidden stories of the forest in this two hour workshop.  For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

 

 

Adventures in Architecture

Day: Thursdays

Time: 3:30-4:30

Sessions: 8 weeks

Grades: 1st-3rd

Fee: Resident: $225

School District: $235

Non-Resident: $250

Instructor: ArchForKids

Location: O’Hara Nature Center

Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required.

Calling all young designers! Do you like to build things and explore your surroundings? Then join us for a fantastic series of hands-on, minds-on STEAM projects. Projects may include roaring roller coasters, dinosaur habitats, playground design, and model playhouses and skyscrapers.

Adventures in Architecture is designed to sharpen critical thinking skills, spur creativity – and be loads of fun. For more information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov

Music with Marc

(Parent/Caregiver with Toddler)
Ages: 10 months up to 5 years old
Day: Thursdays, beginning date: September 28th
Time: 9:15 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Fees/12 weeks:
Resident: $210
School District: $230
Non-Resident: $250
Location: O’Hara Nature Center
Instructor: Marc Jacoby

“Marc the Music Man” will sing and play his guitar. He will sing songs about nature, animals and cool
things. Children may dance, sing, clap and have fun!

For more information regarding music with marc contact Maureen-mdepaoli@irvingtonny.gov