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.

Spring 2018 Programs

Adult Programs

Yoga – Slow Intermediate

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

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

Outdoor Education with Curious-on-Hudson

Instructor: Rich Driscoll

Day: Saturdays 9:00-11:00AM

10 weeks beginning March 10th

Grades 4-6

Fees: Resident: $255 School District: $265 Non-Resident: $275

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


Curious-on-Hudson-Young Novelists

Days/Time: Mondays 4:00-5:00

Ages: Grades 4-6

Sessions: 10 weeks beginning March 5th

Fees: Resident: $250 School District: $255 Non-Resident: $270
The Young Novelists class allows writers to leap beyond the usual “kid’s short story.” In this class,we will build upon student ideas using brainstorming, story mapping, visuals, character arcs, and subplot development. All story outlining is done during class and the option to write at home is always encouraged but never required. This class can be sequenced to to additional levels to allow serious writers to continually hone and share their skills.


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

Archforkids-Design & Build – Architect’s Studio

Day/Time: Thursdays 4:45-5:45

Grades: 4-5

Sessions: 8 weeks beginning March 8th

Fees: Resident: $225

School District: $235

Non-Resident: $250

Instructor: ArchforKids

Explore the worlds of architecture, engineering and design with hands-on, minds-on building projects, from tabletop greenhouses to model bridges. Participants will learn to use the tools and strategies of architects and engineers – all while having a great time.

Grafting Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday April 14th 1:00-3:00PM

Ages: 17 & UP

Fee: Free for all participants-PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Instructor: CJ Reilly

CJ Reilly III, a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Nepal (2013 – 2015) and researcher at Columbia University, will be leading a hands-on grafting workshop on (date and time pending). Participants will learn how to graft heirloom apple varieties, as well as explore best practice nursery and grafting management for fruit and nut trees.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have a baseline understanding as to how one can apply such horticulture skills to food security, preservation, and diversification of our ecosystem. The workshop is open to first-time gardeners and to seasoned grafters. All are welcome

Music with Marc

(Parent/Caregiver with Toddler)
Ages: 10 months up to 5 years old
Day: Thursdays,
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