This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, September 15 | 8:00am

Bird Walk with Wild Birds Unlimited

Join staff from Wild Birds Unlimited for a bird walk at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. 


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Sunday, September 15 | 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.


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Sunday, September 15 | 3:00pm

A Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Dr. Scot A. French, Associate Professor of History, University of Central Florida, will present a talk on "The View from Union Ridge: A Mid-Life Perspective on Burkley Bullock's Journey from Slavery to Freedom in Charlottesville and Albemarle County"

This talk will explore the life and times of the formerly enslaved Burkley Bullock (1830-1908), who was recognized as a founder of the Ivy Creek Baptist Church (now Union Ridge Baptist Church) and a pioneer business man in the city of Charlottesville. In December 1871, Bullock purchased a 35-acre Albemarle County lot from John Shackleford, a 74-year-old white farmer, for $435. By 1880, Bullock owned 75 acres in the vicinity of Hydraulic and Earlysville roads. This talk will explore his mid-life efforts to raise a family, build community, and define the meaning of freedom for himself and his children in post-Reconstruction Virginia.

Cosponsored by The Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery. Please note that seating is limited.


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Monday, September 16 | 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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Monday, September 16 | 4:00pm

Junior Naturalists - Fall

The Junior Naturalist Program includes activities for age groups 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. Dan Bieker as always leads the younger group with much able assistance from his team of volunteers. The younger group will explore the fields, forests and streams of the Ivy Creek Natural Area while learning about the native plants and wildlife of our area (including snakes, spiders and bats!). Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. All activities will be conducted outdoors unless severe weather moves us inside for hands-on workshop activities. Everything starts September 16th, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Education Building. And continues every two weeks.

Pre-registration is required. To register for the younger group contact Dan Bieker at danbieker @ gmail.com or 434-971-9618.

Register for the older group by contacting Deborah Andersen at dandersen64 @ gmail.com or Steve Pullinger at hyker19 @ gmail.com.


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Thursday, September 19 | 8:45am

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.


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Thursday, September 19 | 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, September 21 | 9:00am

Native Plant Walk - September

Join Phil Stokes to see the fall blooming goldenrods and asters as well as the showy fruits of spicebush and Jack-in-the pulpit. We may also see chinquapin and hazelnut fruits. Co-sponsors:  Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society and Ivy Creek Foundation.  Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free and open to the public.


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Saturday, September 21 | 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.


Executive Director Search

Education Building

Ivy Creek Foundation (ICF) is seeking a part-time Executive Director. The Executive Director's responsibilities will include leadership & management, fundraising, strategic planning, and expansion of partnerships. For more information see here. Applications are due October 18, 2019.

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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