This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, April 22 | 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, April 24 | 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 March 13 until May 1. 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, April 24 | 10:00am

World of Walking - Springtime

Dan Kulund welcomes walkers of all ages to the springtime 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, April 25 | 4:30pm

Building & Grounds Committee

Building and Grounds Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday at 4:30 pm in the Education Building.


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Thursday, April 26 | 10:00am

Little Naturalists Thursday

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 meets each month on the second Monday and last Thursday.


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Saturday, April 28 | 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 and close-toed shoes/boots. Meet in the parking lot.


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Saturday, April 28 | 10:00am

Tree Selection, Planting, and Care

Learn how to select a tree for your property that will have the best chance to survive and flourish in the place that you choose for it. Tree Stewards will discuss best practices for planting and show you how to care for your newly planted tree and your other landscape trees for the long term. The class includes a planting demonstration. Please use the following link to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/Xr90RUL3h5a59Hr12


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Saturday, April 28 | 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 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.

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.