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Ivy Creek Foundation
Trees of Ivy Creek Natural Area
Sun., November 16, 2 pm

Join Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry on an autumn walk at Ivy Creek Natural Area to learn to identify trees indigenous to Central Virginia. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area.

Volunteer Work Day
Sat., November 22, 9 am

Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing. Meet in the parking lot.

Farm & Barn History Day
Sat., November 22, 2 pm

Come enjoy the last open barn day of the year at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the cultural and natural history displays. Other displays may include an observing beehive and farm equipment. This is the last open day until April 2015.

Welcome to the Ivy Creek Foundation!

Notice on Ragged Mountain Natural Area

The new trails at Ragged Mountain Natural Area are now open to the public.  The City of Charlottesville now has full management of RMNA. Ivy Creek will remain engaged in some trail work days and educational components, but further inquiries regarding the uses and accessibility of the Ragged Mountain Natural Area should addressed to Chris Gensic of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation.  He can be e-mailed at gensic@charlottesville.org. Click here for a map of the new RMNA trails!

Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., unless the Education Building is otherwise booked. The office will be closed on federal holidays.


Closed Thanksgiving & Friday after

Closed from Christmas Eve 1:00 pm to Monday, Dec. 29, 2014.

Closed from New Year’s Ever 1:00 pm to Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

Office hour visits are first come, first served. If you want to be sure of having some good one-on-one time, please make an appointment. Staff is frequently around other days and times too, so don’t be shy about requesting a different time if you need to see us “off hours”!

Changes to staff availability may come up suddenly in order to accommodate other members or bookings. Please check our events calendar or our Facebook page if you are unsure or for important interruptions to our schedule.

Park Hours

The Natural Area itself is open to the public from 7:00 a.m to sunset. For weather-related closures, ICNA runs on the Albemarle County schools schedule. To get the latest on those kinds of closures, please check with local news stations or the albemarle.org website.

Ivy Creek Facebook Page
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New email address!
Contact us through our new email addresses at director@ivycreekfoundation.org or ivycreek.director@gmail.com

Strategic Plan Process is Complete

Throughout 2014, the Board of Directors has been involved in creating a detailed Strategic Plan for the next three years.  Download the Foundation’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan in PDF format at http://ivycreekfoundation.org/home.html/icf-2014-3yrstratplan.


The Ivy Creek Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is connecting people to our lands present and past.

The Ivy Creek Foundation:

The operating budget of the Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is supported by annual tax-deductible contributions. We depend on your donations to keep the trails open and to offer educational programs throughout the year. Please click here for more information on contributions or here for a donation either online or by mail. The Foundation has one full-time and one part-time staff and an 11-member Board of Directors.

Groups are welcome to come to Ivy Creek Natural Area. The foundation is happy to make arrangements for use of the education building or barn for indoor programs. Contact our director@ivycreekfoundation.org for information on rates and times. Check here for open dates. We are also open to suggestions for other programs and uses of the Ivy Creek Natural Area. We would love to hear from you.