This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, May 19 | 2:00pm

Barn and Farm History Hours: Sunday

Come inside the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. It is also a local Virginia African American Heritage Trail site. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open weekend afternoons until Thanksgiving. Additionally, there are historical displays about the Carr/Greer family who lived here for over one hundred years.


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Monday, May 20 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists

Introduce your three to five year-old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Education Building. In 2019, we will meet four times a month on the first and third Mondays and the second and fourth Thursdays. Come enjoy rain or shine. Free. No registration required. Siblings welcome.


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Tuesday, May 21 | 10:00am

Robust Aging Toolbox - Spring

Dan Kulund brings his robust aging toolbox to Ivy Creek for you every Tuesday morning from 10-11:30. The toolbox contains 25 tools. Each one is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong as you get older. You can use these tools in the woods and around your neighborhood, and even in your home or at work. What’s in your toolbox? Start in the Education Building where tools are provided from 10-11:30 am. Sessions begin indoors and often move outside to handle tools. Free and open to the public. Attend as often as you like. See lessons learned from our animal friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1tZUe4JkcQ. Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion


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Thursday, May 23 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists

Introduce your three to five year-old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Education Building. In 2019, we will meet four times a month on the first and third Mondays and the second and fourth Thursdays. Come enjoy rain or shine. Free. No registration required. Siblings welcome.


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Saturday, May 25 | 9:00am

Volunteer Work Day - Saturday

Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes and close-toed shoes/boots. Meet in the parking lot.


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Saturday, May 25 | 2:00pm

Barn and Farm History Hours

Come inside the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. It is also a local Virginia African American Heritage Trail site. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open weekend afternoons until Thanksgiving. Additionally, there are historical displays about the Carr/Greer family who lived here for over one hundred years.


About Ivy Creek

Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA) is a 219-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia.

With seven miles of trails traversing a mix of upland woods, pine stands, fields, streams, and shoreline, ICNA is an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia.

Learn More

Now Available

Forests at Ivy Creek Cover

The Forests of Ivy Creek: Past, Present and Future by Tom Dierauf is now available as a PDF download.

Many ICF members and partner organizations have been waiting for Mr. Dierauf's two-year inventory and report on ICNA.

This important work was done in conjunction with the County of Albemarle to catalog the changes in and condition of the land, tree stands, and biodiversity of our conservation area and give a glimpse of what it might look like in the future.