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

September - December Nature Park Schedule

Every Saturday- 8:00-12:00PM: Wheels to Heels-
Visit us at the park to run, or bike on the main road without the worry of vehicle traffic! Every Saturday morning from 8AM to NOON come and enjoy a car-free road to get some exercise, or to get the kids moving. After 12PM, vehicles will be free to use the road once again. Don’t forget to visit the kiosk to grab a walker’s club card! More information is available from contacting the park at 653-7367. Hope to see you soon!

Saturday September 2nd- 1:00-3:00PM: Irving Nature Park Geology Tour-
Join an interpreter as we embark on a tour of the park geology! The Irving Nature Park is a Stonehammer Geopark location, with much to offer in terms of learning about the past and present of the park’s geology! We hope to see you there as we go back in time thousands of years to see what type of environment the park was. Meet us at the main gate for 1:00PM as we head out on a small hike and a walk onto the beach. For more information, please contact the park at 653-7367.

Saturday September 9th- 2:00-4:00PM: Bay of Fundy Fishes-
Have you ever wondered what types of fish inhabit the Bay of Fundy? Join a marine biologist as they bring you on a beach seining tour on Saint’s Rest Beach! With some luck we should catch a few different types of fish, as well as be able to talk about some other fish species in the Bay! Meet us at the main gate for 2PM as we embark on our fishing excursion!

Saturday September 16th- 1:00-3:00PM: Irving Nature Park History-

Join an interpreter as we take a small hike through the park on the Squirrel Trail to discuss the past of the Irving Nature Park. Meet us in the main parking lot by the gate for 1:00PM as we head out to discover the history of the park. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 506-653-7367.

Saturday September 23rd- 1:00-3:00PM: The Hungry Hiker-
Have you ever wondered what you can and cannot eat when out in the woods? Join an interpreter for a small hike through our trail system as we discuss what may be edible, to what may be harmful to us hikers. Meet us at 1:00PM in the main parking lot by the gate where we will head out on the trail on the hunt for some of the parks edible plants. If you have any questions, please contact us at 653-7367.

Saturday September 30th- 1:00-3:00PM: All About Trees-
Have you ever wondered how a leaf can change its colour? Come for an interpreter led hike through the trail system on the hunt for some of the parks many trees. While on our walk we will learn about identification, facts, and other neat tips about our trees in the park. We will be meeting at the Kiosk for 1:00PM where we will then proceed through the trails on the search for some wildflowers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the park at 653-7367.

Saturday October 7th- 10:00AM-1:00PM- Saint’s Rest Beach Cleanup with ACAP Saint John-
Join us and staff from ACAP Saint John with community volunteers as we join together to combat garbage on one of our park’s most used beaches! We will be holding a beach clean-up event in order to help protect our natural resources here at the Irving Nature Park. We invite you to come over and pitch in to help keep our park beautiful. Please feel free to stop by any time between 10:00AM and 1:00PM to lend a hand, it is much appreciated! For more information please contact 653-7367.

Saturday October 7th- 1:30-3:30PM: The Thanksgiving Story and a Glimpse of Hallowe’en with David Goss-
Join David Goss for a stroll through the colorful woodlands of the park as we explore the meaning of why we celebrate Thanksgiving, and how our ancestors marked the day. We’ll also use stories, stunts, and songs to explain what’s happening in the woodlands as they and the animals that live there prepare for winter. As well we will touch on a few Hallowe’en stories as we near the scary date! Meet us at the information Kiosk for 1:00PM where we will embark on our hike. Rain date is for October 8th. Please contact the park if you have any questions at 653-7367.

Saturday October 14th- 1:30-3:30PM: Marine Mammal Talk and Seal Hunt-
Come and enjoy the playful antics of our harbour seals as they jostle for position on the rocks off the Observation Deck. We’ll discuss the natural history of these sea dogs and other marine mammals as well as any other feathered friends we may encounter along the way. Meet us at the Seal Observation Deck as we commence our viewing experience. Binoculars will be provided!

Saturday October 21st- 1:30-3:30PM: Animal Signs-
Can you spot the signs that tell us when an animal has been around or nearby? Join an interpreter as we discuss the many different ways that animals let us know they are around. Meet us at the information kiosk for 1:30PM as we head out on a short hike through the trail to discuss the facts on animal markings. For more information, please contact the park at 653-7367.

Friday October 27th- 6:30-9:00PM- International Observe the Moon Night-
Enjoy an evening of Moon-watching and stargazing with members of the RASC NB provincial astronomy club. Starting at 6:30 PM with a brief welcome at the observing field above the Interpretive Shelter, we will follow with spectacular views of the first quarter Moon and the rings of Saturn through various telescopes and binoculars. Soon after, the legends of Greek mythology appear as constellations to share their stellar wonders within. See the Double Cluster of Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (which is on a collision course with our Milky Way...in a few billion years), and Cassiopeia will show you where film legend ET calls home. Some telescopes will be equipped with adapters to allow you to capture close-ups of the Moon with your phone camera. The amateur astronomers will be happy to show you the constellations and answer your questions on telescopes and stargazing. Please park in the lot beside the Interpretive Shelter.
Don’t forget to bring a mug for hot chocolate, and bring an extra layer or two as the park is chilly this time of year. If it is cloudy we will try again on Saturday, October 28. Questions? Please contact the park at (506) 653-7367

Saturday Dec. 9th- 3:30-5:00PM and 6:30-8:00PM- Christmas at the Barn with David Goss-
Join us at the barn where Uncle Dave will share his favourite sacred and secular stories of the Christmas season. The barn will be decorated by candlelight and sparkling lights to set the tone as we enjoy these interactive seasonal gems that David has collected over the past half century. Everyone should bring along a mug for some famous Nature Park hot chocolate; as well we will have cookies as a snack on site. Please remember to dress warm as the barn is unheated! This event is free to the public however pre-registration is necessary by calling 653-7367. Hope to see you there.

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.