This Week at Ivy Creek

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Sunday, July 14 | 1:00pm

Butterflies at Ivy Creek July

Enjoy a butterfly walk with Mike Scott. Start by meeting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building to see Mike’s impressive display of the butterflies of Ivy Creek and for an introduction to identification skills. Continue on the trails with Mike. Fun for the whole family. No charge.


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Sunday, July 14 | 2:00pm

Barn and Farm History Hours, a Charlottesville Unity Days Event

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, July 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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Tuesday, July 16 | 10:00am

Robust Aging Toolbox - Summer

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, July 18 | 8:45am

ICF Board Meeting

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Ivy Creek Foundation.  To learn about the current month's agenda or request presentation time at a board meeting, please contact the Executive Director or the President.


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Thursday, July 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, July 20 | 9:00am

Native Plant Walk July

Come along with native plant enthusiast, Mary Lee Epps.  This is a good time to see many wetland plants in flower such as rose-mallow (a spectacular hibiscus, pickerel weed, button bush, monkey flower, arrowhead, and arrow arum.  We may also find various milkweed and St. Johnswort species and false foxglove in bloom.  Co-sponsors:  Jefferson Chapter, VNPS, and Ivy Creek Foundation.  Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free and open to the public.


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Saturday, July 20 | 2:00pm

Barn and Farm History Hours, a Charlottesville Unity Days Event

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.