Enjoy and Learn About Nature

Learn about the local ecosystems and habitat through Irving Nature Park's fun, interactive activities and events. Admission to all programs and parks is free.

Click here to view a map of the park.  For more information, call 653-7367.

Upcoming General Public Events at the Irving Nature Park

May - June Nature Park Schedule

Sunday May 13th 1pm – Celebrating Mothers in Nature

Join us for a guided tour through the park celebrating Nature’s Marvellous Mothers. Enjoy an exciting learning experience while spending quality time with your incredible Mom. Bring along the whole family and make a day of it! 

Please meet our Interpreter at the main gates for 1PM!

Wednesday May 16th 6pm – Signs of Spring

Come along for an evening stroll as we hunt for signs of life after a long, cold winter. Meeting at the main gates for 6pm. What can you see popping out of the ground? What can you hear? Let’s journey into spring together and learn about the first brave plants and animals that decide they’re ready to return for the season of warmth.

Saturday May 19th 1pm – Critter Dipping & Bird Watching at the Children’s Forest

Meet us at the Children’s Forest Upper Parking Lot off Sand Cove Road. We will guide you on an amazing adventure to discover all the different critters that call the pond home! Your nature interpreter will tell you all about wetlands and their importance for both us and wildlife. 

Attendees will be provided with all the necessary supplies.

Wednesday May 23rd 6pm – Knot Tying Workshop

Come join us at the interpretive shelter (behind the information kiosk) for an exciting, introductory lesson into knot tying with our local avid climber, Isaac. You will finish the workshop with knowledge of the most practical knots as well as being well versed in useful terminology. 

Attendees will be provided with all the necessary supplies. Recommended: ages 12+.

Saturday May 26th 1pm – Geology

Join an interpreter for a guided walk along Saint's Rest Beach as we discuss the ‘rockageous’ geology in the park! Meet us at the main gate for 1PM and we will take you back in time. 

As a member of the Stonehammer Unesco Global Geopark we are fascinated by our geological story and know you will be too!

Saturday June 2nd 1pm – The Importance of Pollinators

Meeting at Sheldon Point Trailhead (behind the barn) for 1pm you will venture on a guided walk searching for spring wildflowers. These plants provide our pollinators with their first meal of the year! What can we do to help these important creatures stay full? What do they do for us and the rest of the natural world?

A special gift will be provided at the end of the tour so that you can give back to these hard-working critters!

Saturday June 9th 1pm – The Phenomenal Bay of Fundy

Join an interpreter at the main gates for 1pm. We will venture onto Saint’s Rest Beach and lead you on a journey into the mysterious world of the Bay of Fundy; one of the 7 wonders of North America. Help us celebrate ‘World Oceans Day’ (June 8th)!  

The Bay of Fundy has a diverse ecosystem and a marine biodiversity comparable to the Amazon Rainforest. Its waters are populated with up to 12 species of whales, an abundance of dolphins, porpoises, fish, seals, seabirds and more. Come along and be amazed! 

Sunday June 17th 1pm – Father’s Day Tour

Come along on a guided walk through different ecosystems as we discuss the important role of Fathers in nature. Enjoy an exciting learning experience while spending quality time with your incredible Dad. Bring along the whole family and make a day of it! 

Join an interpreter at the beginning of Frog Trail for 1pm.

Saturday June 23rd 3pm – Marine Mammals

Join an interpreter at the Seal Observation deck at low tide for 3pm! Dolphins, whales, sea otters and other marine mammals capture the imagination and demand the affections of people around the world. Many of these marine animals adhere to complex social systems and exhibit remarkable intelligence. 

Binoculars will be provided.

Sunday June 24rd1pm – Marine Mammals 

Join an interpreter at the Seal Observation deck for 1pm!

Dolphins, whales, sea otters and other marine mammals capture the imagination and demand the affections of people around the world. Many of these marine animals adhere to complex social systems and exhibit remarkable intelligence.

Binoculars will be provided.

Saturday June 30th 1pm – The Acadian Forest

Meet at the main gates for 1PM and join an interpreter for a guided walk along the Squirrel Trail and get to know our unique forest here on the east coast of Canada. The Acadian Forest contains elements of the Northern Hardwood and Boreal forests, thus creating a unique blend of hardwood and softwood trees found nowhere else on earth.

Sunday July 1st 1pm – The Acadian Forest 

Meet at the main gates for 1PM and join an interpreter for a guided walk along the Squirrel Trail and get to know our unique forest here on the east coast of Canada. The Acadian Forest contains elements of the Northern Hardwood and Boreal forests, thus creating a unique blend of hardwood and softwood trees found nowhere else on earth.

All tours are provided free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited
Questions about the park or events?  Contact us at (506) 653-7367, naturepark@jdirving.com or through Facebook.

Sunday July 8th 1pm – Outdoor Survival

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be lost in the woods? What can you find around you that may be helpful? What might be the best fire starter? What could you eat? Come along on a guided walk through the woods to learn all about some outdoor survival tips and tricks!

Meet at the Information Kiosk for 1PM.

All tours are provided free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited. If you have any questions please contact us at the park at 653-7367, naturepark@jdirving.com or through Facebook.

Sunday July 15th 1pm – Species at Risk

Stimulate your child’s appreciation of nature by bringing them along to our NB Species at Risk workshop where we will combine innovative outdoor education with fun-filled activities! Meet us at the Children’s Forest Upper Parking Lot at 1:00 pm off Sand Cove Road to participate in games that will help us understand why endangered species such as the Monarch Butterfly and the Little Brown Bat are struggling.

All tours are provided free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited. If you have any questions please contact us at the park at 653-7367, naturepark@jdirving.com or through Facebook. 

Friday July 20th 9pm-12am – Planets on Parade  

Join local members and guests of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a telescopic trip to the planets. See Venus half lit up like the Moon, Jupiter’s cloud belts and four Galilean moons, Saturn’s spectacular rings, and Mars at its closest in 15 years. Not to be outdone, the Moon puts its craters and Straight Wall on display for the 49th anniversary of its first visitation by humans.

Don’t forget to bring a mug for hot chocolate. If it is cloudy we will try again on Saturday, July 21.

All tours are provided free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited. If you have any questions please contact us at the park at 653-7367, naturepark@jdirving.com or through Facebook.

Sunday July 22nd 1pm – Below the Surface

Join us at the main gates to discover the wonderful world of underground decomposers.  When plants and animals die, they become food for decomposers like bacteria, fungi and earthworms.  Join interpreter Isaac as he walks you through some of the different decomposers and the wide variety of ecosystems that they live in within the Park. 

Walking shoes recommended as this tour will cover about 2km of trail.

All tours are provided free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited. If you have any questions please contact us at the park at 653-7367, naturepark@jdirving.com or through Facebook.

Sunday July 29th 1pm – Ground Vegetation

Dig deeper into the plentiful plant life found within the forest and across the coastline of the Irving Nature Park. On Sunday we invite you to join your interpreter at the Seal Observation Deck at 1:00 pm where we will explore short sections of the Seal, Deer & Chickadee Trail to learn how plants, flowers, mosses & shrubs play a vital role in creating a healthy soil which, in turn, forms the foundation of our park’s biodiversity.

All tours are provided free of charge by J.D. Irving, Limited. If you have any questions please contact us at the park at 653-7367, naturepark@jdirving.com or through Facebook.