This Week at Ivy Creek

Monday, December 11 | 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. Little Naturalists is now twice a month on the second Monday and last Thursday.

Monday, December 11 | 4:00pm

ICF Board Meeting

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Ivy Creek Foundation.  To learn about the current month's agenda or request presentation time at a board meeting, please contact the Executive Director or the President.

Tuesday, December 12 | 10:00am

World of Walking and Motos

Dan Kulund welcomes walkers of all ages to Ivy Creek for an indoor winter version of the World of Walking and Motos. In this 90-minute workshop 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 and man-made objects into movement props. Dr. Kulund is a former Air Force Chief of Health Promotion. Meet in the Education Building. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 13 | 7:30pm

Native Plant Society - Quail Habitat

Learn from Lorien Koontz how to create wildlife habitat, primarily for quail, songbirds, and pollinators. Ms. Koontz is a Private Lands Biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Lorien works out of the NRCS office in Halifax, Virginia and serves Southside and Central Virginia. Meet in the Education Building. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, December 14 | 9:00am

Volunteer Work Day

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. Meet in the parking lot.

Thursday, December 14 | 2:00pm

Education Committee - Dec 2017

This month the Education Committee will meet on the second Thursday at 2:00 pm in the Education Building.

Thursday, December 14 | 4:30pm

Marketing and Development Committee

Saturday, December 16 | 10:00am

Master Naturalists Training Class Info2

The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is pleased to announce its 2018 training class!

Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteers dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources.  We serve our community through education, stewardship of the environment, and citizen science.   We can be found in parks, schools, rivers, forests, fields and many other areas across the Old Dominion.   

Training begins February 14, 2018, at 9 am at Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building.  Each class is three hours long on a Wednesday morning and training runs through May 23.   There are also some Saturday and one evening field trips.    Our mission is to train volunteers to work toward preservation of our natural environment and the cost of the class is $150.  

Information sessions will be held at the Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building on: Saturday, December 16, 10 am and Wednesday, January 3, 9 am.

About Ivy Creek

Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Ivy Creek Natural Area (ICNA) is a 215-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Virginia.

With over six 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.