This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, October 14 | 2:00pm

Ivy Talks: We Are All Downstream, restoring water quality for future generations

Learn about current threats to water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with Robert Jennings of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on October 14 at 2 pm. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment have caused many of our Bay water quality issues. How do nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment harm water quality and aquatic life? What can we do and can we solve the problems we have created? The Bay restoration is the largest scale watershed restoration in worldwide history. If successful, it could be a model for many other major watersheds across the nation and globe to emulate and improve upon, including the Mississippi River, Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, and more. Free and open to the public. Space is limited, arrive early.


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Sunday, October 14 | 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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Tuesday, October 16 | 9:30am

Volunteer Guide Training

Become a volunteer guide! Learn how to share your knowledge and love of nature with groups. Topics may include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. Meet Tuesday mornings outside the Education Building starting September 11 until October 30. Free and open to all.

Please fill out our Volunteer Form in advance. We’ll start outside the Education Building.


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Tuesday, October 16 | 10:00am

World of Walking - Autumn

Dan Kulund welcomes walkers of all ages to the autumn World of Walking at Ivy Creek. In this 90-minute outdoor activity you will learn how to weave simple movements (Motos) and hiking stick skills into an otherwise ordinary walk. You will also practice turning natural features into movement props. Dr. Kulund is the former Orthopedic Fitness Advisor to Air Force Basic Military Training. Meet at the Education Building. Free and open to the public.


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Wednesday, October 17 | 4:30pm

Marketing and Development Committee


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Thursday, October 18 | 11:00am

Building & Grounds Committee

Building and Grounds Committee meets on the third Thursday at 11:00 am in the Education Building.


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Thursday, October 18 | 4:00pm

Education Committee

The Education Committee meets on the third Thursday at 4:00 pm in the Education Building.


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Saturday, October 20 | 9:00am

Native Plant Walk - October

Join Mary Jane Epps, Assistant Biology Professor at Mary Baldwin University and Jefferson Chapter member, to hunt for mushrooms and other fungi and learn about how they interact with plants and animals to shape the ecology of our forests.  Fall is the peak mushroom season in our area so there should be lots to discover.   Co-sponsors: Jefferson Chapter, VNPS, and Ivy Creek Foundation.  Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free and open to the public. Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.


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Saturday, October 20 | 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.