This Week at Ivy Creek

Sunday, March 24 | 1:00pm

Growing Natives in the Home Garden

*This is a two part class - Saturday, 3/23 and Sunday 3/24, 1-3:30 pm

Pat Willis, retired professional landscaper and charter member and former president of Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society, will offer a two session mini-class on gardening with native plants. Learn how to choose the right location and create the necessary conditions to ensure that your newly acquired native plants will grow and bloom happily, and also better understand what can go wrong and how to minimize failures.  The class is open to the public, but will be limited to 24 students. Preregistration is required and there is a non-refundable $15 fee to reserve a place.  (Some scholarships are available.) We'll meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building. Cosponsored by Ivy Creek Foundation and Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society.

Registration is now full and we have a substantial wait list.  We will not be accepting any more applications.Those admitted to the class or on the wait list will be notified and all those who submitted checks but did not get a spot will have their checks returned.

Tuesday, March 26 | 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: Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion

Thursday, March 28 | 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.

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.

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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.