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 2018 Programs

 

Kids Programs

 

Outdoor Education
Day: Saturdays
Sessions: 8 weeks beginning 10/13
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.
Ages: 4-6 Grades
Fee: Resident: $230
School District: $245
Non-Resident: $260
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
● Outdoor projects 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
● Local geography
● Local history
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.

 

Adventures in Architecture

Adventures in Architecture
Day: Thursdays
1st-3rd Grade 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Fee/ 8 weeks:
Resident: $240
School District: $250
Non-Resident: $265
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

Maker’s Design Studio
Day: Thursday
4th-6th Grade 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fee/ 8 weeks:
Resident: $270
School District: $280
Non-Resident: $295
Instructor: ArchForKids
Location: O’Hara Nature Center
Pre-registration at the Rec. Dept. required.
This 90-minute studio series features hands-on,
minds-on activities grounded in architecture and
engineering.
Using the design process, participants will construct a
sustainable village, a wildlife sanctuary – and more.
The program will spur kids’ creativity and strengthen
their math, science and visual arts skills. For more
information contact Mike mdinardo@irvingtonny.gov