This Week at Ivy Creek

Monday, March 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, March 20 | 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.

Tuesday, March 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.

Saturday, March 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. Events include: Meet Tillie the Milkable Cow; Guess the Ages of Ivy Creek Tree Cookies; Make a special treat for wild birds; Meet your pollinators; Learn how to use binoculars; Be prepared for the outdoors with LL Bean; Learn about Sense Ability and Hiking Stick Drills; Learn how to save seeds; Watch a bean seed grow; Start your own wildflower garden; Make ice cream the old-fashioned way; Look for Ivy Creek stream critters; Tour River View Farm barn; Learn about the River View Farm farmhouse. Most activities will run all day. Others will be scheduled. 

We'll post a more definitive list and schedule closer to April 14.

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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