This Week at Ivy Creek

Saturday, November 17 | 8:30am

Disaster and Travel and Wilderness First Aid

In this two-day course, learn hands-on skills to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital hand-off. The class blends lecture, hands-on rescue scenario practice, and Q&A. Led by SOLO instructor and director of the Outdoor Adventure Social Club – Matt Rosefsky. The resulting Wilderness First Aid certification is valid for two years. Registration required. Fee includes books, handouts, and certification. For more information go to or email 10% of proceeds will go to Ivy Creek Foundation. Meets at Education Center of Ivy Creek Natural Area.

This is a great course for anyone who ventures outdoors, travels, or wants to help in case of an emergency during a disaster! These are a 2 day class.  8:30am-6:30 or 7:00pm both days. Fee: $195

Sunday, November 18 | 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.

Tuesday, November 20 | 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.

Wednesday, November 21 | 4:30pm

Marketing and Development Committee

Saturday, November 24 | 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.

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.