February 23 2017

Celebrate Earth Day @ Ivy Creek!

Earth Day @ Ivy Creek

The Friends of Ivy Creek are getting together to offer up a day's worth of outdoor fun at Ivy Creek Natural Area on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  Join us for some excellent nature walks and naturalist programs.  We'll also have extended barn hours and even some hands-on volunteer activities for those who are itching to get your hands dirty on the day.  Our volunteers and partner organizations will be out in force, and we hope you will too!  Stay tuned to the blog and the Facebook page to find out the full schedule of activities as it develops.

January 20 2017

Junior Naturaists now has two groups!

Junior Naturalists Hayride

Now Junior Naturalists includes the age groups of 5 to 8 and 9 to 12! Dan Bieker as always will lead the younger group with much able assistance from volunteers. Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen, a husband and wife team of a Master Naturalist/ primitive skills instructor and a teacher/outdoor educator will lead the older group. The older group will include regular hikes with creek study, wildlife exploration w/ attention to native vs non-native species and habitats, games to learn environmental concepts, 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 warrants moving indoors, where we will have hands on workshop time as well as view videos related to our study of wildlife, Leave No Trace principles, and nature based art and service projects. Everything starts January 23rd at 4:00 pm at the Education Building.

January 09 2017

First Snow of 2017

2017’s First Snow at ICNA

T. Patten

Weather conditions have cleared up from the weekend's snow blast, leaving temperatures in the single digits overnight. The County cleared the drive and parking area, and even the walkway has been scraped.  However, take care as the ground is still icy in patches.  If you are coming out to the natural area, wear sturdy footgear.  As you can see, the asphalt can be quite slick even with rock salt!

December 31 2016

Happy New Year!

Leafless Woods at Ivy Creek

Tony Russell

The trails are a little muddy this time of year without the trees pulling up the moisture. But Ivy Creek is still a beautiful place to spend a quiet time. Just remember there is no bad weather only bad clothing (or jacket - or hat - or gloves)!

December 20 2016

A December Wedding

T.Patten’s Wedding Toast Photo

J. Levine

Winter Joy!  Ivy Creek's Executive Director, Tatyanna Patten, married her long-time fiance, John Pavlansky, on Dec. 3rd, 2016 at the White Hall Community Building in Albemarle County.  The small and lovely ceremony was officiated by former mayor Dave Norris and was followed by a barbecue luncheon catered by The Local Smokehouse. Kevin Lynch and Albemarle Ciderworks provided alcoholic and non-alcoholic ciders.  The centerpieces were made by Innisfree.  The couple took a two-week honeymoon after the ceremony.

December 01 2016

At Last! At Last!


Welcome to the new!  We hope you like our new site.  If you are looking for the latest from ICF, you've got several sources here at your fingertips. 

First, this blog is where we can update you on trail conditions, report on ongoing projects and events, and provide you with insider tips, without waiting for a newsletter to come out.

Second, you have the quarterly newsletters uploaded on the right-hand side.  If you missed one, please download the PDF version and enjoy it online.

Third, note the Facebook and Twitter symbols on every page -- now you can stay connected with our social media, too!

We hope that all of this will help you stay on top of all our comings and goings at Ivy Creek.  See you on the trails!

December 01 2016

The Passing of a Friend

Bluebird Box 3

Tatyanna Patten

Today we mourn the loss of a friend, Priscilla Ann Dawson Kingston, who passed away on Nov. 25, 2016. Priscilla and her husband Ron have been the host and hostess setting up Monticello Bird Club meetings at Ivy Creek for years.  Married for 42 years, both were avid birders and familiar faces around our grounds. Priscilla was the co-chair of the NABS Speakers' Bureau for 18 years and both Kingstons received the 2015 Virginia Bluebird Society Heritage Award. Those familiar with it may recognize their photo, which was taken here on our grounds. Their volunteer work of 38 years as bluebirders included presentations, educational workshops and slide shows at many venues.  The couple also built bluebird houses/boxes which they placed and monitored at many locations--including here at ICNA.  As charter members of the local Monticello Bird Club and long-time supporters of Ivy Creek Foundation, their contributions have been many and Priscilla's company will be missed.

December 01 2016

Rain, rain come today

The last few days have seen more rain than all the rest of November combined. Our trails are still beautiful and the reservoir is rebounding.

Take advantage of the milder temperatures this weekend.

A barred owl was seen on the red trail just a few days ago in the afternoon before the rain.

See you on the trails.

November 23 2016

Dust It Off

At a guess, how old do you think this photo is? 75 years? Maybe 100?  I love coming across photos like this, whether tucked into a family bible or tucked upstairs in the Education Building.  We have a history that goes deep out at the Creek.

To better organize the thousands of photos and documents we have stored over our 37 years, the Ivy Creek staff and education committee have formed an Archive Crew. Not only does the crew catalogue the dusty print collection, it works with audio and video files, creating transcripts and guides, converting to newer formats to preserve the history of this marvelous place.  Stay tuned to the blog--this is where we'll announce any great finds and uploads!


Ivy Creek Foundation members receive the newsletter, Natural Area News, four times a year.

Spring 2017 (pdf)
Winter 2016 (pdf)
Fall 2016 (pdf)
Summer 2016 (pdf)
Spring 2016 (pdf)