February 07 2018

Tom Dierauf makes Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen

In case you missed it here's a link to the Daily Progress article on Tom Dierauf from January 3, 2018 by Bryan McKenzie.

February 07 2018

Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies

Famous Gullies

Steve Thompson happened upon this 2015 book by Paul S. Sutter, Environmental History professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Though about land use history and erosion in Georgia, he credits ICNA and the agricultural history of River View Farm with inspiration in the book's Acknowledgements section (pp. xiii-xiv). Sutter was the first post-doctoral fellow in Uva's History of Technology and Environment Program, 1997-2000. Much of the book, including the Acknowledgements, can be previewed on Google Books:

January 16 2018

Amazon Smile

If you use Amazon for your online shopping consider using Ivy Creek Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity. Then 0.5% of every Amazon purchase will go to Ivy Creek Foundation.

You can use this link: or shop from and use the look up tool.

December 10 2017

Story Mapping

Story Mapping

Erik Irtenkauf

Story mapping can use maps as a foundation to pull in the stories of a place, whether those stories are oral, written or pictoral. Erik Irtenkauf, is creating and has created story maps of the Carr-Greer families and the surrounding communities. He is sharing them with us through the website at Please check them out and enjoy.

November 23 2017

Thank you to Warren and Sue

Thank you

Lorna Werntz

At our last Ivy Talks lecture of 2017, the foundation presented a gorgeous painting of plants by Lara Call Gastinger to Warren Byrd and Sue Nelson. This was a partial thank you for the Landscape Improvement Plan they prepared in 2016 for the Ivy Creek Natural Area.

November 10 2017

Walking in the Rain


Bruce Gatling-Austin

Yesterday's tree walk program was accompanied by cool temperatures and a continuous mist of rain. We also spotted some very cold but wet insects like this katydid.

September 11 2017

Annual meeting with Movie 2017

Annual Meeting 2017

Join us this Friday for the ICF Annual Meeting and a Movie !

Come at 7pm on Friday, September 15 for:

  • see the Movie: "RiverWebs," a true story about life, data, science, and streams
  • eat gourmet popcorn
  • meet our new board members
  • raise money in a t-shirt and tote bag raffle
  • receive free native plant seeds to members

July 31 2017

Nametags for volunteers

nametags for volunteers

Bruce Gatling-Austin

There are new nametags for all school guides and barn docents! Located on the back of the door under the stairs. Guides are on the first three red ribbons. Docents on the bottom two ribbons. Hope this makes field trips and barn hours better.

July 13 2017

Tree Stewards Training Class

Pine Tree

Tony Russell

Do you want to learn more about tree identification and tree care?

Registration is now open for the popular Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards training class.   Classes will be held on twelve Tuesday mornings from September 5 to November 21 at Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville.  Classes are taught by certified arborists, foresters, tree and forestry experts, tree stewards, and others. Tuition is $125.00 and includes all books and materials.  Registration will remain open until August 30, 2017. 

For a complete schedule of classes and to register, go to   

If you have questions about the class, please send a message to:

June 13 2017

Can you hear Voices?


Ivy Creek Foundation and Rivanna Master Naturalists are offering two "train-the-trainers" workshops on the Monarch Teacher Network's popular "Voices from the Land" program.  The info on the workshops is up on our website at  The first weekend is coming up soon!  You can choose between June 24-25 and July 21-22. There are links for registration, as well as a flier you can download that describes it in more detail.