This Week at Ivy Creek

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Saturday, November 16 | 8:30am

Disaster/Travel/Wilderness First Aid Course

Learn hands-on how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point, during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance arrival.  Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprises ~50% of class. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites. Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are. 

TIMING AND REGISTRATION: This is a 2-day class, Saturday and Sunday November 16-17, 8:30am - 6:30pm each day. Fee: $195 (note: another organization in the region charges $275! You save $80, thanks in significant part to Great Outdoor Provision Co.'s (GOPC) sponsorship of this class).  Local nonprofit org support: GOPC and MEDIC will donate 10% of course proceeds to the Ivy Creek Foundation.  Pre-registration required at  www.solowfa.com or 434-326-4697.  Spaces are limited. 


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Sunday, November 17 | 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.


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Monday, November 18 | 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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Thursday, November 21 | 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, November 21 | 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, November 23 | 9:00am

Volunteer Work Day - Saturday

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.


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Saturday, November 23 | 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.


Pollinator Workshop

Rusty patched bumblebee

US Fish & Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

Registration is open for our Pollinator Workshop on Saturday, November 9. Learn how to attract pollinators and go home with some tools to help you do it. For more information, click here.

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.

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