W. Brooks Paternotte

Host, The Nature of Things

W. Brooks Paternotte took the helm of Irvine Nature Center as executive director in July 2013 and immediately began building on the strong 35-year foundation.  Brooks is a Baltimore native who was a teacher, coach, advisor, dean and Head of the Middle School during his 13 years at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore.  He is also an instructor and ambassador of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a Leave No Trace Master, as well as an avid outdoorsman and a features writer for FlyLife Magazine.

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One of our listening area’s coolest native wildflowers comes with many names. Memory root. Brown dragon. Bog onion. Indian turnip. Pepper turnip. Cobra lily. American wake robin. Cuckoo pint.


Apr 8, 2015
Fairfax County Public Schools

Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent – an oily, hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray.


  With the arrival of spring’s warmth, buds and blooms begin to develop. Beauty blankets the floor of the deciduous woodlands in our listening area. The native wildflowers that come first known as spring ephemerals.

Project Clean Stream is a wonderful opportunity to learn, pick up litter and help everyone better understand their connection to the Chesapeake. Every day, our decisions affect the health of the Bay and its watershed.


Mar 17, 2015
New Hampshire Wildlife

One of the more peculiar native animals in our listening area seems like it could have come from the inspired imagination of a Hollywood director.