This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, April 14 | 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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Monday, April 15 | 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, April 15 | 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 21st at 4:00 pm at the Education Building.

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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Tuesday, April 16 | 10:00am

Robust Aging Toolbox - Spring

Dan Kulund brings his robust aging toolbox to Ivy Creek for you every Tuesday morning from 10-11:30. The toolbox contains 25 tools. Each one is a physical activity or mental skill to keep you healthy, vigorous, and strong as you get older. You can use these tools in the woods and around your neighborhood, and even in your home or at work. What’s in your toolbox? Start in the Education Building where tools are provided from 10-11:30 am. Sessions begin indoors and often move outside to handle tools. Free and open to the public. Attend as often as you like. See lessons learned from our animal friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1tZUe4JkcQ. Dr. Kulund served as the United States Air Force Chief of Health Promotion


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Thursday, April 18 | 8:45am

ICF Executive Meeting

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Directors of the Ivy Creek Foundation to handle organizational business that has arisen between Board meetings.


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Thursday, April 18 | 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, April 20 | 9:00am

Native Plant Walk - April

Join Tony Russell to see the spring wildflowers and early native plants of spring as well as ferns uncoiling at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Meet at the kiosk next to the parking lot at Ivy Creek Natural Area. All are welcome!


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Saturday, April 20 | 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 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.