This Week at Ivy Creek

Sunday, February 18 | 2:00pm

Learning Trees at Ragged Mountain Natural Area

We’ll meet in the lower parking lot of Ragged Mountain Natural Area to learn to identify trees in the dead of winter using bark, branching, seed, and other distinguishing characteristics. Join Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry on a Winter Walk at Ragged Mountain Natural Area. 

Monday, February 19 | 4:00pm

Junior Naturalists - Spring

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 January 22nd at 4:00 pm at the Education Building.

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

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

Tuesday, February 20 | 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.

Thursday, February 22 | 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.

Thursday, February 22 | 7:00pm

Beekeeping Class

Central Virginia Beekeepers Association will present a County sponsored course for new or prospective beekeepers at County Office Building 5th Street, Meeting Room A. Will cover "the life and times" of the honeybee, setting up a hive, seasonal management and honey production and much more. One session (exact date TBA, weather dependent) will be held outside with bees, one student's name will be drawn for a colony of bees.

Course fee includes a copy of The Beekeepers Handbook, Fourth Edition, by Dianna Sammataro which must be picked up from the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, Room 118, the Parks & Recreation Office before the start of the class. Books will be available for pick-up after January 4. There will be a reading assignment to complete before the first class.

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Friday, February 23 | 1:00pm

Archives Meeting

Meeting of the Ivy Creek Foundation/Friends of Ivy Creek Archives Study Group to sort, organize and protect valuable documents. These include correspondence, newsletters, minutes and photographic evidence. After this some material will be considered for archival storage.

Saturday, February 24 | 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.

Farm Day

Barn Reopens

Come enjoy Ivy Creek Farm Day! Not only will the barn be open early but we'll have learning events for youngsters and oldsters. From milking "Tillie" the mechanical cow to learning about nature photography. Events start at 10:00 am. Watch this space for a more complete and detailed list of events.

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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