Green Venue Spotlight: Irvine Nature Center

by Lisa W on August 3, 2011

If you have already vowed to marry green, then a wedding location like Irvine Nature Center is the perfect choice for your eco-celebration.  What a combination:  breathtaking views of the Caves Valley in Maryland, a green-certified building and sustainable event details.  Irvine Nature Center is a leading environmental education center located just northwest of Baltimore on 116 acres of woods, wetlands and meadows.

Check out the gorgeous outdoor photography of these couples who chose Irvine for their wedding day:Couple by tree

Mic Lerlop

Wendy Hickok

Irvine Nature CenterThe state-of-the-art, green building is designed to educate and inspire people to explore, respect and protect nature. Your guests will love it whether they are students, family or nature-lovers.  Plus, Irvine Nature Center is a nonprofit organization and your facility rental fee becomes a generous donation to fund ongoing educational programs. And that’s not all! When it comes to green weddings, Irvine Nature Center has an impressive list of credentials and policies:

  • Approved caterers offer healthy, organic and sustainable menus and also reduce food waste and packaging.
  • A green roof, full of plants, is designed to absorb water to slow run-off (and erosion) and also deflects the heat of the sun, which cools the building.
  • Water is conserved with low-flow fixtures and rain barrels.
  • The surrounding gardens are planted with local, native species to help support native wildlife and conserve water.
  • The facility boasts a number of “green” features  including the following U.S. Green Building Council LEED guidelines:
    • Use of local materials.
    • Reduced amount of energy used and emissions produced in acquiring the materials.
    • Use of renewable, recycled and salvaged materials for flooring, lights, and cabinetry.

We hope you are inspired to “go green” with your wedding venue. To find a list of eco-friendly wedding venues around the country go to  For more photos and information on green weddings at Irvine Nature Center, visit

Special thanks to the folks at Irvine Nature Center and the wedding photographers who shared their images for being part of our blog.

Image credits: couple gazing into field – Mick Lerlop, couple lying on bench – Wendy Hickok, couple by tree – Fola Adewole.

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Local Color Flowers August 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Local Color Flowers has been fortunate to provide locally grown flowers for several weddings and events at Irvine Nature Center (including the colorful bouquet in Wendy Hickok’s photo above). We love working at Irvine because they share our committment to respect for the environment and supporting the local community. Not to mention-it is an absolutely gorgeous venue for a wedding! I would highly recommend it for a wedding or event!

Lisa W August 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your love for Irvine Nature Center! It’s wonderful to have a local testimonial for this fantastic and eco-friendly venue!

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