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 2016 Programs

Adult Programs

Yoga – Slow Intermediate

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
Beginning January 11th
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: $195
School District: $215
Non-Resident: $235


Wilderness Skills for Adults


Sunday January 22nd (Snow Date: January 29th)


Foraging in Winter presents its own set of challenges. Enjoy the tastes of the wild in this stroll through the forest and fields while we sample some wild plants and learn how to identify common edible plants in a season where most plants have lost their leaves.  Perfect for the survivalist, naturalist, backyard enthusiast, and people who just want to know a little more about the world around them. Bring a plastic bag to carry home any sustainably harvested goodies.

The workshop includes:

-Edible and Poisonous plant identification

-Tips on sustainable harvest

-Information on preparation and storage of plants for gathered in winter



Sunday February 12th (Snow Date: February 2/26)


Spoon Carving – Have you ever wanted to learn wood carving?  As part of this workshop you can take a simple stick and turn it into a beautiful and functional wooden spoon that you can use for everything from cereal to soup and more.

This workshop includes:

-Information of wood selection

-Knife and tool safety and care

-Detailed instruction on carving steps

-Freedom to design your own spoon

-All materials and tools


Location: ONC

Fee per workshop- Residents: $60 School District: $70  Non-Resident: $85




Programs for Kids

Music with Marc

(Parent/Caregiver with Toddler)
Ages: Up to 4 years old
Day: Thursdays, beginning February 9th
Time: 9:15 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Fees/12 weeks:
Resident: $175
School District: $195
Non-Resident: $215
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!